The solutions to charter school facilities go well beyond the real estate transaction. They extend to the policies of local, state, and federal agencies. These policies have implications and impacts that should be studied and understood.

Building Hope conducts and sponsors research projects that help identify facility solutions with its partners and with other facility-focused organizations. We have formed a hub for all organizations to promote action-oriented papers. This collaborative approach to conducting and disseminating research provides a broader and more inclusive set of solutions.

The links below are the first in an on-going series of topics that are being addressed. These research papers are live – they are never complete but rather constantly evolving and improving. Think like Wikipedia. They can and will be edited as the greater charter school community proposes further improvements. If you would like to learn more about these topics, or have additions to the papers, or have additional ideas for topics to be studied, please contact us here.

Moral Obligation Laws.  Two states have moral obligation laws that reduce the risk to borrowers and in turn, reduce the cost to charter schools. See how these laws have worked and how other states can adopt similar laws.

Charter School Investment Tax Credits. Tax credits have one of the most successful tools for attracting private capital to social projects in high needs communities. The New Market Tax Credit program has been oversubscribed for years. This paper takes a look at how a new tax credit program could advance charter school development projects.

Place-based Facility Solutions. Many cities are looking for comprehensive facility solutions for charter schools. The range of solutions is very broad and there are many providers that participate in this process in some form or another. This paper looks at the spectrum of solutions a city should address and how a comprehensive place-based facility provider can help.