Innovations in Education: Making Charter School Facilities More Affordable: State-driven Policy Approaches
December 2008
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The Answer Key: How to Plan, Develop, and Finance Your Charter School Facility (authored and published by NCB Development Corporation)
Through a link on the Web site of the nonprofit NCB Capital Impact (formerly NCB Development Corporation), a community development finance institution offering access to capital and expert technical assistance that might otherwise be unavailable for low- and moderate-income communities, readers can register to access this free publication. It guides charter school operators through the process of conceptualizing and implementing a facilities development project. The publication includes worksheets, expert advice on critical issues, organization tips, and other relevant information.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The Web site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development finance institution active in providing and enhancing facilities financing for charter schools, includes an online annotated library of resources on a variety of topics, including education facilities, which can be filtered by date and type (e.g., research paper, guidebook, article, etc.).

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Web site provides a variety of online publications related to charter school development, policies and performance, current state-specific information related to charter schools, and a database for comparing charter school policies. The database, which is maintained in partnership with the Education Commission of the States, is available through a hyperlink ("Visit the Online Charter School Database and Compare Charter School Policies") found at

U.S. Department of Education: Charter Schools Program
This Web site provides detailed information and printable documents regarding the federal Charter Schools Program. This program provides financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and the dissemination of information on charter schools.

U.S. Department of Education: Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities
This Web site provides more information regarding this federal credit enhancement program. This program provides grants to eligible entities to leverage funds through credit enhancement initiatives in order to assist charter schools in using private sector capital to acquire, construct, renovate, or lease academic facilities.

U.S. Department of Education: State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program
This Web site provides more detailed information regarding the State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program. This program provides grants to eligible states to help them establish or enhance, and administer, per-pupil facilities aid programs for charter schools.

The above information is provided for the reader's convenience. The U.S. Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any outside information. Further, the inclusion of these resources does not reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.

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