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In spring of 2012, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, 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 Michigan 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, Hutton Architecture Studio consulted on the project to provide a set of reasonable expectations 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 Michigan. The National Charter School Resource Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) is subcontracting with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to collect the research and data on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education for Idaho (ED561933), Massachusetts (ED561929), Michigan, and New Jersey (ED561926). This report is based on survey, enrollment, and operating revenue data collected for the 2011-2012 school year. All results presented in this report are based on data from the 67 percent of Michigan's brick and mortar charter schools that completed all or part of a comprehensive facility survey. Appended are: 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, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education

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Author: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


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