Charter School Type Matters When Examining Funding and Facilities

Evidence from California

Published in: Education Policy Analysis Archives, v. 13, no. 50, Dec. 14, 2005, p. 1-27

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2004

by Cathy Krop, Ron Zimmer

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Currently, charter schools represent one of the fastest growing movements of educational reform. The first charter school opened in 1992 and there are now over 3,400 charter schools nationwide. Despite this growth, we are only beginning to learn about the performance and operation of these schools. This article adds to our knowledge of charter schools both by examining the finances of charter schools in California, which has more charter students than any other state, and by highlighting their fiscal challenges. Using survey data of California charter and conventional public schools, the results suggest that the degree charter schools are struggling with resources and facilities depends upon charter school type

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