Public Charter School Facilities: Results from the NAPCS National Charter School Survey, School Year 2011-2012

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During the spring of 2012, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) conducted its first national public charter school survey. The survey asked public charter school leaders to respond to questions on school waitlists, curriculum, facilities and a variety of other operational elements (see Appendix A for notes on the survey design). Additionally, one of the primary goals of the survey was to collect information that would help to better understand the ways public charter school finance and use school facilities. In the past five years, the growth of public charter school student enrollment has increased nearly 80 percent, and the number of schools has grown by 40 percent. Given this demand, the ability to access and finance adequate facilities is a critical part of public charter school growth.

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