In Atlanta, an increasing number of taxpayer-funded charter schools are finding willing landlords in area churches. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Across metro Atlanta, church campuses are becoming sanctuaries for cash-strapped start-up charter schools. The partnering has provided classrooms for hundreds of Georgia public school students. Charter schools save on rent and churches get help covering expenses.
“It’s a true win-win,” said Andrew Lewis, chief program officer for the Georgia Charter Schools Association. “The school, however, [has] to be very transparent with parents and incoming students that they are not affiliated with the church. They are simply using the facility, no different than if they were in a lease agreement with any other landlord.”
The relationship can also be “potentially treacherous” if a school is not mindful of its students beliefs, adds constitutional law attorney Gerry Weber.