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How States Can Address Charter School Facility Needs

• Matthew Joseph

Nationwide, over 3 million students are enrolled in public charter schools, and an additional 2 million students want to attend a charter school but cannot access one. Despite their obvious success, public charter schools often lack access to affordable facilities.

Traditional public schools can raise local funding specifically for facilities. Charter schools cannot. Instead, they generally must pay for facilities with their school operating revenue—which is intended to pay for student instruction and is already significantly lower than what traditional public schools receive.

How States Can Build for Success

ExcelinEd’s new brief Building for Success: How States Can Address Charter School Facility Needs can help states determine how well charter school facility needs are being met with existing state policies. The brief introduces a Charter School Facility Index which states can use to assess whether they are addressing the full facility needs of charter schools.

What the Charter Facility Index Does

  • Quantifies today’s charter school facility funding needs based on current state policy.
  • Estimates future charter school facility funding needs based on current state policy and projected charter school growth.
  • Outlines impacts state policy changes would have on improving, or worsening, charter school facility funding needs.

About the author

Matthew Joseph

Matthew is Policy Director for Education Funding Reform for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Matthew previously worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spearheading a national initiative to improve strategic use of resources in public education. He also served as Executive Director of Advocates for Children and Youth, where he led successful efforts to improve education and other services in Maryland. He also worked as a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Matthew received his Bachelor’s from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.