One of the toughest hurdles charter schools face is securing physical space. With DC's continuing real estate boom showing no signs of slowing down the cost of space remains high, and commercial office space is usually not configured for the needs of a school, which just adds the price of renovation to the capital costs. The exodus of students from DCPS schools into charters just adds to the pressure. This Sunday's Post took a look at these and other difficulties as charter schools try to get ready for the start of the next school year.
UPDATE: Mark Lerner has a letter to the editor (of the WP) on this very topic.