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.
Tools, information and news to help you make the best decisions possible
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. This fall, Mississippi joins the movement of authorizers working to positively impact One Million Lives.
12 Essential Practices
We believe great charter schools don’t just happen. They’re created through smart collaboration between charter operator and charter authorizer. Regardless of their size and type, authorizers must do the important work charged to them by law: deciding which schools should open, monitoring and supporting their progress, and closing those that fail to serve students adequately. Here are 12 essential practices for all authorizers:
Have a published and available mission for quality authorizing.
Have staff assigned to authorizing within the organization or by contract.
Sign a contract with each school.
Have established, documented criteria for the evaluation of charter applications.
Publish application timelines and materials.
Interview all qualified charter applicants.
EXTERNAL EXPERT PANEL
Use expert panels that include external members to review charter applications.
5-YEAR TERM LENGTH
Grant initial charter terms of five years only.
Require and/or examine annual, independent financial audits of its charter schools.
Have established renewal criteria.
Have established revocation criteria.
Provide an annual report to each school on its performance.