A group of charter school operators approached EKA with challenges they were experiencing navigating facility approvals for schools within a particular jurisdiction. EKA worked with this group to identify solutions to a complicated facility approval process for charter schools.
The process involved pinpointing stakeholders within the various agencies responsible for process approvals, educating them on charter schools and identifying legislative champions to support a one-stop shop for charter school facilities within the municipality. As a result of EKA’s public engagement, the municipality gained a greater understanding and a more positive perception of charter schools. Additionally, charter school operators were better equipped with a comprehensive understanding of timelines and procedures, which enabled them to meet other critical deadlines prior to the opening of the school year and avoid any potential loss of revenue from the state.