State Policy Snapshot: School District Facilities and Public Charter Schools

April 07, 2015

Despite a growing will among state lawmakers across the nation to provide charter public schools with adequate facilities, challenges, such as a lack of available state funding, are common. While equal facilities funding for all public school children is the ideal solution to the facilities challenges facing charter schools, making available underused school district buildings is growing in popularity as a way to provide public charter schools with quick access to facilities while putting shuttered taxpayer-funded facilities back in operation for the purpose they were intended—to educate children. In fact, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ A New Model Law For Supporting The Growth of High- Quality Public Charter Schools recommends that states ensure that public charter schools have the right of first refusal to purchase or lease at or below fair market value a closed or unused public school facility or property.

Link APCS_snapshopt.pdf

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