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In Spring of 2013, the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina, 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 on facilities. Collectively, the results described in this report provide evidence that charter school students in South Carolina do not have access to the same facilities and amenities 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 South Carolina. The National Charter School Resource Center at American Institutes for Research ("AIR") has been subcontracting with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to collect the research and data on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education since October of 2011. To date, AIR has subcontracted for the data collection and research of charter school facilities in seven states: Arkansas (ED561919), Idaho (ED561933), Massachusetts (ED561929), Michigan (ED561921), New Jersey (ED561926), Rhode Island (ED561925), and South Carolina. 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 the 97.9 percent of South Carolina's brick-and-mortar charter school facilities (48 out of 49 facilities) that completed all or part of a comprehensive facility survey--representing 49 charter schools authorized in South Carolina. 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, Standards, Physical Education, Recreational Activities

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Author: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4069&id=ED561927







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