Charter schools at school finance trial: Why no state money for facilities? Charter cap?

The chief executive officer of a growing charter school with campuses in Austin testified Tuesday that a lack of state funding for buildings is forcing him to make stark decisions as his enrollment swells.

Matt Abbott, CEO of Wayside Schools, said charter schools are cropping up in spaces not intended to be schools, including former churches and storefronts. Unlike traditional public schools, charters get no facilities funding from the state and can’t tax property.

“Charter schools weigh in at lawsuit trial”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, January 29, 2013. My earlier post about facilities funding.

The Texas Charter Schools Association is also challenging the cap on the number of charters; here is an earlier post on the charter cap.

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