Study: Private dollars give Memphis charter schools edge in per-pupil funding

May 10, 2017

A new study says charter schools in Memphis are bucking a national trend in per-pupil funding, thanks mostly to philanthropic support that has them eclipsing total revenue received by traditional schools.

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The Community Development Trust announces $14 million collaboration with Bank of America, Raza Development Fund to build new charter school in the South Bronx

April 26, 2017

The Community Development Trust ("CDT"), Raza Development Fund ("RDF") and Bank of America Merrill Lynch ("BofAML") are collaborating to invest $14 million toward the construction of a new $16.5 million school in partnership with the Classical Charter Schools ("CCS") network that serves students in the South Bronx, New York.

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From shipyard to schoolyard: Pacoima charter school gets unique new classrooms

April 21, 2017

On Friday, hundreds of students gathered on a playground at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima for what the school’s principal likened to an old-fashioned barn-raising.

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Charter schools transform classrooms into flexible learning environments

April 13, 2017

An unusual cluster of bright-colored schools, perched on a well-landscaped hillside adjacent to a shopping mall in Richmond, have become models of innovation for breaking down the conventional ways that schools are designed.

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Construction nears for Side by Side Charter School’s new building

April 11, 2017

Side by Side Charter School, the city’s only regional public charter school, will start construction on a new $3.6 million, 11,600-square-foot building at its South Norwalk campus this summer.

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Lawmakers approve charter school bill

March 30, 2017

Legislation to ease access to buildings and money for charter schools was approved late Thursday after a failed attempt to merge it with a school grant program as the legislative session neared its final hour.

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Arapahoe Charter School to celebrate new facility

March 26, 2017

A major school construction project kicks off April 7 when Arapahoe Charter School hosts a community groundbreaking and the start of construction on a new $8.9 million facility.

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Charter schools in line to get extra help despite Trump plan to slash education funding

March 21, 2017

Charter schools in California and elsewhere stand to be a major beneficiary of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the coming year, even though he wants to slash $9.2 billion from many other federal education programs.

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De Blasio Stop Politicking & Give Space To Charter Schools

March 17, 2017

In 2014, Mayor de Blasio declared that the educational status quo in New York City “cannot be accepted” and called on educators to ‘shake the foundations.”

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Ziegler Closes $6.85 Million Financing for Discovery Charter Preparatory School

February 21, 2017

Ziegler, a specialty investment bank, is pleased to announce the successful closing of a $6,850,000 tax-exempt Series 2016 A&B fixed-rate bond issue for DCPS Eldridge Avenue, LLC (with Discovery Charter Preparatory School as its tenant) issued through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.

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Loveland Classical adds gym to new school

February 17, 2017

Loveland Classical Schools is adding a gym onto its new campus that is under construction thanks to cost savings, reserves and donations.

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L.A.K.E. Foundation grateful for local expertise for new Crosslake Community Charter School

February 14, 2017

Design, legal, marketing and business professionals in the Crosslake area pitch in their time and know-how to help build on the success of the school.

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New charter school in Seminole brings opportunity and hope

February 07, 2017

Kids in Seminole are about to get smarter. Why? The State Board of Education recently approved the creation of a new charter school in that community.

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Fordham Institute media response to newly released Ohio charter facilities survey

February 02, 2017

A report released today outlines the facilities challenges facing Ohio’s public charter schools. The report, “An Analysis of the Charter School Facility Landscape in Ohio,” found that on average, Ohio charter schools spend $785 per pupil from their foundation funding on facilities—a cost not typically faced by traditional public schools.

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Comprehensive New Study Finds Ohio Charter Schools Struggle to Provide Adequate Facilities In the Face of Insufficient Capital Resources

February 02, 2017

A new survey of Ohio brick-and-mortar charter schools has found that charter schools face challenges in securing adequate facilities and that a lack of dedicated resources sufficient for this purpose often results in spaces that are smaller than recommended guidelines.

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Bill filed to increase charter school funding

January 28, 2017

A bill filed with the state House this week seeks to offer charter schools equal funding to traditional public schools

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Charter School Capital Acquires Detroit Public Safety Academy Facility

January 18, 2017

Charter School Capital, the nation's leading provider of growth capital and facilities financing to charter schools, announced today that its facilities arm, American Education Properties (AEP), has acquired the building occupied by Detroit Public Safety Academy, a charter school located at 1250 Rosa Parks Blvd., in Detroit.

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North Las Vegas campus to join ever-growing charter school field

January 16, 2017

Legacy Traditional Schools was set to break ground on its first Nevada campus in North Las Vegas.

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Chinese-immersion charter school in West Columbia plans major expansion

January 15, 2017

Students in Lige Zhao’s class danced in a circle as they greeted each other as part of a recent lesson in Chinese language at East Point Academy.

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South OKC charter school secures larger facility

January 09, 2017

Santa Fe South Schools, a K-12 charter that serves 2,400 students, could grow by as many as 500 students when the high school moves into a 157,000-square-foot building on the grounds of the old Crossroads Mall.

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Critics prepare for battle over Christie's charter school overhaul

January 04, 2017

Charter school opponents are planning a show of force in Trenton Wednesday as the state Board of Education considers loosening regulations to free charter schools from red tape.

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Escondido Charter High School Goes Solar with Baker Electric

January 04, 2017

Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar company, recently designed and installed another successful commercial solar system, this time at Escondido Charter High School (ECHS).

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OJA Youth Academy changing lives

January 01, 2017

It’s a scene that is becoming more common, graduation ceremonies held inside Oklahoma’s most secure facilities for juvenile offenders. With each ceremony, you find teenagers walking across the gymnasium into a future they never dreamed was possible.

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Charter school to break ground on unified campus

December 28, 2016

The South Maui Learning Ohana will break ground Friday on a new building and central campus for Kihei Charter School, which has been spread out across three separate locations for more than a decade.

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Pueblo West Metro district, charter school partner up

December 22, 2016

Set to open a second campus in Fulton Heights, Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences next presence may be in Pueblo West.

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Ramtech Nearing Completion of Finish-out Phase on Permanent Modular Building for Arlington (TX) Classics Academy Charter School

December 21, 2016

Design-build construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company is nearing completion of the interior and exterior finish-out phase on the construction of a new 37,329 square foot modular school building for Arlington Classics Academy.

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DECA using grant to expand elementary school

December 18, 2016

DECA Prep, part of the Dayton Early College Academy charter school group, last week celebrated plans to expand the elementary school for next fall, thanks in part to a state grant.

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Idaho’s public charter schools struggle to find and fund facilities

December 13, 2016

Idaho’s public charter schools are among the state’s top-performing schools on both state achievement tests and the SAT. There are about 6,000 students on charter waiting lists statewide, and by 2022 Idaho will add approximately 22,000 new K-12 public school students.

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Charter School Capital Acquires Five Florida Charter School Facilities for $71.74 Million

December 12, 2016

Charter School Capital, the nation's leading provider of growth capital and facilities financing to charter schools, announced today that its facilities arm, American Education Properties (AEP), has acquired five Florida charter school facilities for $71.74 million from ESJ Capital Partners and MG3 Developer Group. The transaction was funded in late November, 2016.

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$1.2M project to improve Dayton charter school campus

December 07, 2016

A Dayton charter school is preparing to start the second phase of a $1.2 million campus project, aided by state funding for high performing charters.

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Op-ed: Solving real problems new public charter schools face

December 02, 2016

The Salt Lake Tribune recently editorialized that public charter schools "cherry-pick" their students. The claim that public charter schools "cherry-pick" students is not only false, but was fully addressed in statute many years ago.

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Riverside REACH charter school set to expand

December 01, 2016

For the past four years, they’ve been nomads in search of the right home.

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Charter school sees some fruits of RFSD bond money

November 16, 2016

The lone charter school to operate under the umbrella of the Roaring Fork School District, Carbondale Community School, is sharing some of the benefit from the $122 million bond issue that was approved last year.

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ResponsiveEd Funds Growth of Charters Schools Through $65 Million Bond Sale

November 15, 2016

Just as students returned to their campuses this fall, Responsive Education Solutions (ResponsiveEd) completed the sale of a $68 million bond package that will power the growth of the charter school operator into the next decade.

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Blackstone Valley Prep breaks ground on new Cumberland high school

November 14, 2016

Blackstone Valley Prep, a mayoral charter school, broke ground on a new $10-million high school Monday on the site of a former lumber center in Valley Falls.

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D.tech seeks new home – temporarily: Charter school needs stopgap facility between start of school year, Oracle building opening

November 07, 2016

The quest for adequate accommodations continues for Design Tech High School, as officials are seeking a temporary home for the charter school while construction of its new building is completed.

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Students build their careers in high school construction program

November 03, 2016

If you’re tempted by the tiny house movement and think 160 square feet is just about right for your needs, you may want to contact the Academy of Construction and Design (ACAD) at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast Washington.

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In the Know: Immokalee Road bridge to connect to future charter school in Estates

October 31, 2016

Q: What is being built just east of TwinEagles on Immokalee Road? Looks like a bridge. — Bill Tilden, Golden Gate Estates

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Sebastopol Independent Charter School seeks approval for new campus

October 24, 2016

Parents and representatives of a popular Sebastopol charter school will make a stand before county supervisors today in hopes they can finally win approval for construction of a permanent campus at the north edge of town.

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Accolades are outgrowth of civic-minded mission at Raleigh Charter High School

October 16, 2016

“All the students are so driven, and it's infectious on us.” It’s easy to see why 16-year-old Mariama Morray, a junior at Raleigh Charter High School, feels that way.

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Movement Foundation investing $12 million to launch charter school

October 13, 2016

The nonprofit arm of Indian Land-based Movement Mortgage is investing millions in upfits to a Freedom Drive retail center for a new public charter school.

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West Baltimore public charter earns honor ranking it among top 4% of schools worldwide

October 12, 2016

A West Baltimore public charter middle and high school has earned a LEED Platinum certification, under the Schools v3 rating system.

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Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund And Kipp San Antonio Formally Open New Campus For Charter Schools

October 06, 2016

Andre Agassi, Bobby Turner and other leaders from the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund joined with KIPP San Antonio, former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, and other dignitaries today to celebrate the opening of the KIPP San Antonio Cevallos Campus, the permanent home for three KIPP San Antonio public schools and the fund's second investment in the city.

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Charter high school uses JEDA financing for permanent location

October 03, 2016

More than $6 million in tax-exempt financing has been used to build a new, permanent school building for the Greer Middle College Charter High School in Taylors.

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New Charter High School Opens to Help Meet the Demand for STEM Qualified Job Applicants in Philadelphia

September 27, 2016

Build the Future Education Collaborative hosted an Open House and Unveiling Ceremony Monday evening to celebrate the opening of its third school in Philadelphia - TECH Freire Charter High School.

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Phelps Construction Group Completes New Charter School in Newark

September 20, 2016

Phelps Construction Group has completed another Charter School project in Newark - the design and construction of Newark Collegiate Academy, a new high school for KIPP:NJ, on Littleton Avenue.

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Rally in the Valley: More Than 2,000 Families Marched in Support of Charter Schools

September 17, 2016

More than 2,000 charter school teachers, students, families, supporters, and local representatives joined together today in Pacoima in the northeast San Fernando Valley for a march and rally to highlight the success and growth of local charter schools. The first annual Rally in the Valley, hosted by California Charter School Association Families, celebrated charters' academic achievements in the birthplace of two of the first charter schools in the country. Today, the area's network of about two

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Loan to put eStem location at UALR

September 15, 2016

A no-interest loan of up to $11.4 million from the Walton Family Foundation of Bentonville will result in enhancements for loan-recipient eStem Public Charter Schools Inc. and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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LA educators get $10 million to reinvent school for homeless kids

September 14, 2016

A team of educators with plans to launch a charter high school completely retooled to serve homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles has won $10 million in startup money over five years in a national competition — one of the largest seed grants an L.A. charter school has ever received.

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KIPP DC’s 15-year celebration culminates with new school facility

September 12, 2016

Before Kenya Johnson enrolled at KIPP DC Key Academy, she attended a traditional public school where top students earned around a 3.6 grade point average. Now a senior at KIPP College Preparatory, she has balanced athletics with schoolwork, earning a 4.21 GPA and taking classes at Stanford University.

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SOS Club is sold; will become Andre Agassi-sponsored charter school

September 07, 2016

The Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club, a Modesto institution and a sports and recreational pioneer in its heyday, has been sold and eventually will become a charter school sponsored by tennis champion Andre Agassi.

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Loveland charter school buys current facility, preps to break ground on new building

September 06, 2016

A charter school in Loveland recently purchased its current facility for $6.85 million and plans to break ground this month on a new building for grades 6-12 at a separate site to accommodate growth.

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Charter school opens for young women at Seton Home

September 03, 2016

Victoria Hernandez spent her 16th birthday interviewing for an apartment at Seton Home. A Jefferson High School dropout, she had a 5-month-old son and was 8 weeks pregnant.

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With a charter comes the search for school space. Here’s how one Memphis operator is doing it.

August 29, 2016

When Roblin Boxill made the career jump from lawyer to charter school founder seven years ago, she had little knowledge of buildings and maintenance.

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School construction becomes big business for Sonoma County designers, builders

August 28, 2016

This is the era of billions when it comes to quantifying all the construction work in the works at Sonoma County’s public schools and community college.

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Janesville charter school moving to Blackhawk Technical College

August 25, 2016

A week before school starts, a Janesville charter school has announced it is moving from UW-Rock County to Blackhawk Technical College.

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Two Columbus charter schools will get state money to expand

August 20, 2016

Two high-performing Columbus charter schools are among eight statewide to receive a first-ever state grant to help renovate and expand their buildings.

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Trenton charter school celebrates 10th year, buys own building

August 15, 2016

Most kids are still enjoying their last weeks of summer break, but about 1,000 students donned their backpacks and streamed into Foundation Academies Monday morning for the first day of school.

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Fund linked to Olympic gold medal winner scores $22M for second South Florida deal

August 12, 2016

The investment fund tied to retired Olympic tennis star Andre Agassi and Canyon Capital Realty Advisors sold the campus of Franklin Academy charter school near Boynton Beach for $22.31 million.

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D.tech to break ground at Oracle: Event paves way for construction of unique school on tech titan campus

August 12, 2016

After a long and occasionally difficult search for a permanent home, construction of the new Design Tech High School building is set to soon begin on the campus of Oracle Corporation.

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Charter School Capital Acquires Three School Facilities from American Charter Development for $19.1 Million

August 10, 2016

Charter School Capital, the nation's leading provider of funding for charter schools, including growth capital and facilities financing, announced today that its facilities arm, American Education Properties (AEP), has acquired three charter school facilities from American Charter Development (ACD) for $19.1 million.

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District Banking on $20M Charter School Building Paying Off in the Long Run

July 29, 2016

This week, the San Diego Unified school board approved $20 million in bond money so Innovations Academy, a charter school in Scripps Ranch, can build a new school. Many parents and residents and Scripps Ranch opposed the school board’s decision because it means the district is one step closer to building an apartment complex on the land where Innovations Academy currently sits.

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First Ever Mixed Use Property in the Nation's Capital to Combine Charter School Space with Workforce Housing

July 28, 2016

St. Paul on Fourth Street has acquired a five acre building parcel in Washington, D.C. that will house Lee Montessori and Washington Leadership Academy charter schools and provide workforce housing for public school teachers and staff.

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Young Scholars expansion plans underway

July 10, 2016

It’s going to be a busy couple years at Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School as it undergoes an expansion starting this summer that, in total, could add more than 40,000 square feet of space to the Westerly Parkway building.

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New charter school wins Kellogg grant

July 08, 2016

Siembra Leadership High School, a new business-focused charter school opening in Downtown Albuquerque this fall, has won a major grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Specialty firms sprout to support charter school start-ups

July 06, 2016

The rapid expansion of North Carolina's charter schools is pushing the startup schools toward specialty finance companies that find funding to acquire buildings, a network of companies and consultants that run the schools and even a flow of Chinese investment funds.

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Advancing school choice by investing in charter-school buildings

June 29, 2016

It shouldn’t be hard for education entrepreneurs to offer children a path of hope. Yet in New York City and across the country, it is. Access to affordable facilities is the biggest roadblock to charter school growth, which have provided millions of students with a high-quality education for a quarter century. There are many reasons for this, but some simple ways to solve for it: Districts need to make unused school space available to charters and capital markets need to modernize how they assess risk and assign interest rates.

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Walton foundation launches $250M charter school initiative

June 28, 2016

A foundation run by the heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton has announced a $250 million initiative to support charter schools in 17 cities across the U.S.

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Urbahn Architects completes $5.1 million, 25,700 s/f addition to BelovED Community Charter School

June 21, 2016

The New York City architectural and planning firm of Urbahn Architects has completed a ground-up addition to the BelovED Community Charter School. Located at 508 Grand St., the three-story, 25,700 s/f, $5.1 million addition houses 240 students in grades K-5. Established in 2012 by city residents with the assistance of Bret Schundler, a former mayor and former commissioner of education for the state of New Jersey, BelovED is named in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community.” The school currently serves 720 students.

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eStem Charter School to Bring Hope to Run-Down Neighborhood

June 21, 2016

The eStem Charter Elementary and Middle School officially has a new home on the east side of Little Rock. But it's an area that has more boarded up homes than many would like to see.

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Own a school? Or rent? For charters, it’s complicated

June 14, 2016

Charters do get state reimbursements for leasing costs: $160 per pupil for elementary schools and $220 per pupil for secondary schools, multiplied by their aid ratio, meaning that those in wealthier districts get less than charters in poorer ones. More than 90 charters applied for lease reimbursement, totaling about $9.5 million, in 2014-15. When schools rent, however, the landlord retains ownership and payments can be increased or leases terminated. To avoid such unexpected disruptions, many c

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Tennis star Agassi faces down charter school facilities in Nashville

October 13, 2015

Nationally, affordable facilities are considered one of the greatest challenges to charter expansion because charter operators often must raise their own money for school buildings. The issue has fueled scraps both in Memphis and Nashville, where school board members and district officials complain about the cost of charters to traditional public schools, even without providing facilities or funding for facilities. Charter advocates counter that charter schools are public schools too — authorized by local districts and sometimes the state — and should be provided with buildings and facilities like any other public school.

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CCSA Proposes Policy Solutions to Advance Facilities Parity for Charter School Students

April 20, 2015

Today, the results of a comprehensive statewide facilities study, "An Analysis of The Charter Schools Facility Landscape in California," was released offering insight into the facilities issues charter schools face throughout the state of California and synthesizes comprehensive data collected and analyzed in 2014 from schools across the state that detail the facilities challenges of both classroom-based and nonclassroom-based charters.

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Most Charters Don’t Have Sufficient Room to Grow, Study Says

June 10, 2013

More than half of charter schools are located in facilities that will be too small to allow for their current rate of growth in five years, according to results from a survey by the National Alliance

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How Facilities Funding Fails Charter Schools

May 03, 2013

That's the assessment of a survey of charters in ten states released last week by the Charter Schools Facilities Initiative, a joint project of the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the National

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