Katharine Nelson

Katharine Nelson is a PhD candidate at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She has taught Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for many years in data, mapping, and community development.

Why Are Community Development Lenders Financing Charter Schools?

The choice to support privately-operated, publicly-funded schools puts these lenders at odds with many of their usual political allies and constituencies. So what’s the motivation?