After years of guiding charter school facilities development, LISC has bottled its knowledge in a new platform: SchoolBuild: From Idea to Construction. SchoolBuild is an essential online resource to support charter school leaders as they dig into the process of creating a bricks-and-mortar facility, with advice on everything from cost projections to financing options and the many other steps required to bring a new school to life.
If you build them, we will come: that's the message, loud and clear, from hundreds of thousands of families whose kids are on wait lists for charter schools in low-income neighborhoods across the country. But expanding the number of high-quality schools to keep pace with demand requires visionary financing, writes LISC charter school funding expert, Reena Abraham, in a Huffington Post blog. In connecting schools to funding from tax-exempt bonds and federal New Market Tax Credits, LISC has helped open scores of classrooms and spur neighborhood development at the same time.