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NACSA is an independent voice for effective charter school policy and thoughtful charter authorizing practices that lead to more great public schools.

One Million Lives Campaign

Mississippi Children are Counting on us to Get it Right from the Beginning

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.

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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:

1
MISSION

Have a published and available mission for quality authorizing.

2
STAFF

Have staff assigned to authorizing within the organization or by contract.

3
CONTRACTS

Sign a contract with each school.

4
APPLICATION CRITERIA

Have established, documented criteria for the evaluation of charter applications.

5
APPLICATION TIMELINE

Publish application timelines and materials.

6
APPLICATION INTERVIEW

Interview all qualified charter applicants.

7
EXTERNAL EXPERT PANEL

Use expert panels that include external members to review charter applications.

8
5-YEAR TERM LENGTH

Grant initial charter terms of five years only.

9
FINANCIAL AUDIT

Require and/or examine annual, independent financial audits of its charter schools.

10
RENEWAL CRITERIA

Have established renewal criteria.

11
REVOCATION CRITERIA

Have established revocation criteria.

12
ANNUAL REPORT

Provide an annual report to each school on its performance.