Update: Only A Third Of Co-Located Charters Pay District Rent
For charter schools operating in buildings owned by school districts only about a third are paying some sort of facility costs nationally, says NAPCS. (Forty-two percent pay nothing.) Here's the breakdown:
This is from NAPCS, a breakout of data from its survey of charter schools nationally. It's a followup to the argument in NYC over the Bloomberg administration's no-rent charter school co-location policy.
Yesterday, NAPCS told me that only about 25 percent of charters nationally are located in district buildings, though obviously that varies widely from district to district (based in part on facility payments and real estate costs, I'm guessing). The WSJ has reported that around 120 of aroudn 180 NYC charters are in district buildings.
Charter critics argue that they shouldn't be co-located, or at least should have to pay rent, and have persuaded the Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio to take that position. However, it doesn't appear to be common or even widespread that districts charge charters for facilities, based on the NAPCS survey.