District of Columbia

State Financing Map


The District of Columbia’s charter public school law was enacted in 1996. Since then its charter sector has grown to 119 charter schools serving 42,400 students in the 2016-17 school year. According to a ranking by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools that measures state laws against its model charter school law, the District of Columbia ranks 18th out of 44 states with a charter school law enacted. Washington, D.C., facilities law provides a per-pupil facilities aid program. The law provides the Public Charter School Credit Enhancement Fund, which provides credit enhancement for the purchase, construction, and/or renovation of facilities for charter schools. The law provides the Direct Loan Fund for Charter School Improvement, which provides flexible loan capital for the construction, purchase, renovation, and maintenance of charter school facilities.

State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Award Total: $5.6 million—Fiscal Years 2004 through 2008.

States Resources & Additional Information

DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)
Washington D.C. Charter School Authorizers
Washington D.C. Charter School Law
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