Most state laws do not provide public charter schools with the full amount of state and local funding that other public schools receive. And many charter school leaders struggle to locate funds to build and or renovate facilities for students to attend school.
Following are some resources that may be helpful for cities that want to learn more about co-sharing. These documents include two reports from New York City as well as information from Denver about their processes:
Public charter school facilities projects need loan capital and place-based revolving loan funds (RLFs), often managed by state and local governments, are a promising solution. This paper provides 10 Building Blocks for prospective state and local funds to consider based on the experience of exi
Charter schools often issue their own tax-exempt bonds because they are not included in the local school district bonds for school construction. Charter schools have to pay a higher interest rate and that leaves less money for education programming.
In 2019, the charter school tax-exempt bond sector registered another record volume year with issuance exceeding $3.7 billion—up from almost $3 billion in 2018 and representing a robust 25% increase. This record volume was the seventh annual record out of the last eight years.
In 2020, schools dramatically adjusted their operations in response to the pandemic. While most schools shifted from the traditional in-school learning model to 100% remote instruction, some developed new, innovative ways to safely provide a blended model of remote, technology-based instruction
The National Charter School Resource Center published A Synthesis of Research on Charter School Facilities, a new, in-depth report on charter school facilities that examines the current state of charter school access to facilities, including facility acquisition and owne