WE STAND BEHIND A BETTER EDUCATION
NACSA is an independent voice for effective charter school policy and thoughtful charter authorizing practices that lead to more great public schools.
On the Road to Great Charter Schools: State Policy Analysis 2016
NACSA’s third annual analysis of state charter school policies across the nation, On the Road to Great Charter Schools, is now available.
Since 2012, more than half of the 44 states with charter schools have strengthened their laws by adopting one or more the report’s eight recommended policies. However, the need to focus on good policy as a vehicle to ensure more children can attend a great charter school remains critical: One out of every three charter schools across the country operates in states with weak charter laws.
Authorizers on Why They Do This Work
Listen to authorizing leaders talk one-on-one with us about their vocation: why they do this work, and why they believe it is making a difference.
These leaders are just a few of the many who inspire and drive our One Million Lives campaign.
State-by-State Authorizer Data and Policy Analysis
About Authorizers and Authorizing
ONE MILLION LIVES
NACSA’s One Million Lives campaign is dedicated to providing one million more children the chance to attend a great school that will prepare them for success throughout their lives.
We recently asked leaders in authorizing to tell us why they do this important work.
“What spoke to me was that these were the public’s schools, not just public schools, and that communities had a right to determine what was going on in those buildings, based on their wants and needs. The one-size-fits-all didn’t work. It didn’t work for me; it certainly wasn’t going to work in the future, because the world is so different.”
Robbyn Wahby, Founding Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Commission
12 ESSENTIAL PRACTICES
Since the start of the charter movement, authorizing practices have evolved. We know what practices are critical to fostering high-performing charter schools. We recognize our duties to ensure the autonomy of the schools we oversee, to protect the rights of students and the public, and to close schools that are not living up to our expectations.
Authorizers play a vital role within the charter school community. By implementing these 12 Essential Practices, they help pave the way for every charter to be a great educational option for children.
PRINCIPLES & STANDARDS
The Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing, first established in 2004, reflect the lessons learned by experienced authorizers. This foundational resource for NACSA has been used to guide authorizing practices across the country and is referenced in state statutes. It focuses on the ends that authorizers should aim to attain in creating and upholding high expectations for the schools they charter while recognizing there are many means of getting there.
The Principles articulate a set of beliefs about quality charter school authorizing. The Standards identify core authorizer responsibilities and describe how the principles are upheld within each responsibility. Consult this resource often as a guide to understanding and fulfilling the critical responsibilities of charter school authorizers.