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Greater Collaboration between Charter Authorizers and Lenders Can Ease School Facility Financing Burden, Report Concludes

May 7, 2015 

Chicago, Ill. – Today the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) released a joint report aimed at increasing conversation and understanding between lenders and charter school authorizers—two groups with similar interests, albeit different goals, in the success and sustainability of the charter schools they support.

The report, “Charter Lenders & Charter Authorizers: Can We Talk?” is the result of a working group hosted by both organizations that revealed little overlap currently exists between how lenders and authorizers share or evaluate data.

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NACSA Says American Enterprise Institute Report on Charter School Application Process Goes too Far, Calls for Focus on Balanced Authorizing Practices

May 19, 2015 

Chicago, Ill. – The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) released the following statement in response to the recommendations in a report on authorizer accountability released today by the American Enterprise Institute: 

“The American Enterprise Institute’s report, ‘The Paperwork Pile-up: Measuring the Burden of Charter School Applications,’ identifies an important challenge facing the charter community, but if implemented, the report’s recommendations would go too far and would disrupt the critical balance between autonomy and accountability."

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National Association of Charter School Authorizers Voices Support for the Senate HELP Committee’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization Bill

April 16, 2015 

Today, members of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee reported out a bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill to the full Senate. In response, Greg Richmond, President and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), released the following statement of support: 

“NACSA strongly supports the Senate’s ESEA reauthorization bill and its preservation of federal requirements that each state maintain a state-level accountability system, including an annual state testing component, to identify failing schools. Accountability is good for all of public education, including charter schools."

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Oklahoma Passes Comprehensive Charter School Reform

April 15, 2015 

Today the Oklahoma Legislature passed SB 782, major charter school legislation that will ensure responsible growth of public charter schools and increase transparency for parents and communities throughout the state.

Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) released the following statement:

“Today Oklahoma is a beacon of putting the interests of children first. This legislation represents many diverse interests coming together and recognizing that a charter law emphasizing strong accountability for schools and strong standards for authorizers is the way to balance quality charter school options with the interests of local community."

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NACSA Applauds Alabama Vote to Approve Charter School Legislation

March 19, 2015 

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) congratulates the Alabama General Assembly for passing Senate Bill 45 to become the most recent state to introduce charter schools as high-quality education options for its families.

NACSA commends the bill’s focus on school and authorizer accountability, incorporating all of NACSA’s recommended policies in those areas.

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NACSA Receives National Grant to Strengthen Charter School Quality Nationwide

March 17, 2015 

For more than a decade, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) has led the effort to improve quality within the charter school community by helping authorizers set high standards, facilitate innovation, and protect the interests of students and the public. Today, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the critical role of authorizers by awarding a $2.3 million National Leadership Activities Grant to NACSA for its Better Outcomes through Quality Authorizing (BOQA) Project.

This is NACSA’s second consecutive National Leadership Activities grant, a highly-competitive award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program, to support efforts to improve the quality of charter schools on issues of national significance and scope. The grant was submitted in partnership with the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Education Commission of the States (ECS), the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS), and Civil Rights Solutions (CRS).

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National Association of Charter School Authorizers Commends RSD Action to Deny Charter School’s Renewal

March 5, 2015 

Charter schools are about more than just test scores. They also have an obligation to treat all students fairly and appropriately and to spend public money properly. Most charter schools do just that, but the evidence indicates that New Orleans’ Lagniappe Academies has not.

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) commends the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) and Superintendent Patrick Dobard for acting to deny the renewal of the charter of Lagniappe Academies. We know that closing schools can be rending for everyone involved. But when it comes to children’s futures, it is worth the immediate hardship. Strong “authorizers”—the entities created by law to approve, monitor, and if necessary, close charter schools—know how to support the school community to make sure no child falls through the cracks in the transition to another school.

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NACSA Recognizes Step in the Right Direction To Improve Michigan’s Charter School Authorizing

February 19, 2015

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) recognizes today’s release of a study by the Education Trust—Midwest (ETM) entitled “Accountability for All: The Need for Real Charter School Authorizer Accountability in Michigan.”

Alex Medler, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy of NACSA, said, “We think this report is the latest step in the right direction as Michigan continues to discuss how to improve charter school authorizing. Authorizer evaluations are valuable tools in the larger effort to strengthen charter school oversight. Ultimately, and more importantly, they can help the state to improve charter school performance.”

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NACSA Strongly Supports Public Charter School Program Reauthorization

February 10, 2015

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) endorses the efforts of Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senior Democrat Bobby Scott (D-VA) to reauthorize NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and strongly supports provisions of the Public Charter School Reauthorization (Title III) in H.R. 5, also known as the Public Charter School Program, that are aimed at increasing resources, standards, and accountability for quality charter school authorizing.

Congress is moving to reauthorize the Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have made ESEA reauthorization their first priority in the 114th Congress.

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ESEA Testing and Accountability

January 23, 2015 

In response to the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee hearing on testing and accountability, (scheduled for 9:30 am, Wednesday, January 21, 2015), Greg Richmond, President and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), released the following statement:

"Testing, and the information that testing generates, is being debated in Congress today. For many this will be a political debate. But for the more than 1,000 government and not-for-profit entities that are charged with authorizing charter schools, the outcome of this debate will not be a political failure or victory—the outcome will have a dramatic effect on our ability to make smart decisions that impact children in more than 6,000 public charter schools. We need annual testing data in order to make well informed decisions about how well our schools are working for our children.

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