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School Financing

The Mid South is perpetually last in most educational attainment measures and provides some of the lowest per-pupil funding for public education in the country. HOPE is committed to supporting initiatives that improve educational opportunities available to low-income and low-wealth families and that give students the tools and resources that they need to succeed. HOPE’s Charter School Facilities Fund is designed to strengthen charter schools in the Mid South region of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and western Tennessee by providing financing and technical assistance for quality affordable facilities to ensure that children in some of the most distressed communities in the United States have access to quality education in well equipped, modern school facilities. The fund is facilitating the investment of at least $70 million over five years in the acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction of charter school facilities that will serve low-income families and distressed communities throughout the Mid South.

For more information contact: Mary Elizabeth Evans, Senior Vice President for Economic and Community Development.


Rhythm and Arithmetic in New Orleans, LA, a HOPE School Financing Success Story