Resources & Research

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The Approval Barrier to Suburban Charter Schools

This 2002 report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute focuses on conditions in four states that have influenced the development of charter schools in suburban communities. The context for charter schools in suburban Colorado, New Jersey, and Connecticut is described and then compared to conditions in Illinois. The report by Pushpam Jain of the University of Maine covers the role of laws, parents, state agency support, and the impact of issues such as desegregation.

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Making Charter School Facilities More Affordable: State-Driven Policy Approaches

This 2008 U.S. Department of Education report profiles policy interventions by eight states and the District of Columbia intended to help charter schools address facilities challenges, including dedicated funding streams and ways to help charter school operators access low-cost financing for facility needs.