Ariana Quinones-Miranda, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter Association, said the six buildings - most of which could be deemed historic properties - would be perfect for renovation and use by charter schools.And there's the catch. The rehabilitation of these old facilities is not cheap (just look at DCPS's proposed bill) and its doubtful that many charter schools would have the funds to take such a project on. This means, then, that the District would have to shoulder the financial burden of rehabilitating the facilities, which leads to the "if the District is going to spend money rehabilitating a structure for a charter school, why didn't they just rehab it and keep it within DCPS?"
Charters have struggled to find proper facilities and have often been started in church basements or expensive commercial space.
Also, in order to help defray their own billion dollar plus facilities bill DCPS is going to be expected (or should be if they aren't) to get the best return on their surplus. This probably means selling or leasing to developers which will most likely result in condos, apartments or office and retail space.
So, how best should the District balance the needs of cash for DCPS facility repairs and the needs of charter schools? Discussion in the comment section (I know Mark Lerner will have some great input. He's dealt with just these issues with the WEDJ school).
UPDATE: More in the Post.