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In winter of 2013, the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools worked to collect evidence that would accurately portray both the adequacy of charter school facilities and the average amount of operating funds spent by charter schools on facilities. Collectively, the results described in this report provide evidence that charter school students in Rhode Island do not have access to the same sized facilities, facilities amenities and/or funding compared to traditional public school students in the state. In order to ensure that the policy recommendations of this report are research-based and supported by reliable data, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. consulted on the project to provide a set of reasonable standards for school facilities' size and amenities. Given the alignment of the Facilities Initiative and the goals and data needs of the U.S. Department of Education's ("ED") Charter Schools Program (CSP), ED procured additional state surveys, including in the state of Rhode Island. The National Charter School Resource Center at American Institutes for Research has subcontracted with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to collect the research and data on behalf of ED since October of 2011. To date, this has included data collection and research of charter school facilities in seven states: Arkansas (ED561919), Idaho (ED561933), Massachusetts (ED561929), Michigan (ED561921), New Jersey (ED561926), Rhode Island, and South Carolina (ED561927). This report is based on survey, enrollment, and operating revenue data collected for the 2012-2013 school year. All results presented in this report are based on data from all 20 of Rhode Island's charter school facilities for which all or part of a comprehensive facility survey was completed. Appended are: (1) Methodology; and (2) School Facility Standards.

Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Facilities, Geographic Location, State Surveys, Enrollment Trends, Measurement, Expenditure per Student, Operating Expenses, Costs, State Aid, Financial Support, School Size, Dining Facilities, Lunch Programs, School Buildings, School Space, Elementary Secondary Education

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. 1101 15th Street NW Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-289-2700; Fax: 202-289-4009; e-mail: contact[at]publiccharters.org; Web site: http://www.publiccharters.org









Author: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4069&id=ED561925



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