Resources & Research

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Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

This 2013 report from the PEW Charitable Trusts focuses on the use of closed public school district buildings in 12 cities. The report notes that charter schools have occupied 42 percent of the surplus buildings in the cities since 2005 and that more than 300 unused sites remain.

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Making Room for New Public Schools: How Innovative School Districts are Learning to Share Public Education Facilities with Charter Schools

Through a combination of policy analysis and interviews with key stakeholders, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools produced this April 2011 report on charter schools that were able to secure vacant public school facilities from their local districts. The report concludes with a series of best practices recommendations based on the profiles.

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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.