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NACSA Launches Charter Operator Tracker (Beta) to Support Quality Authorizing in Florida

August 3, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – Today the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) announces the launch of its Charter Operator Tracker (Beta), a new database of information about charter school management organizations and the schools they operate. The beta version focuses on Florida, a state where nearly forty-five percent of charter schools work with management organizations. This launch coincides with Florida’s August 1 statewide charter school application deadline. 

In 2013-14, Florida’s rate of first-year charter school closures (10%) was three times the national average. One of the most important things an authorizer can do is to help ensure that every new school opening will be a quality opening. NACSA is committed to providing authorizers with tools and resources needed to make confident, data-driven decisions during the application process. 

The Charter Operator Tracker (Beta) is a tool that authorizers and other stakeholders can rely on for access to objective, publicly-available data about management organizations and the schools they currently operate or have previously operated in Florida and throughout the country. Data is searchable by operator and by school.

 

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NACSA Commends Bipartisan Charter Provisions included in Every Child Achieves Act

July 16, 2015

Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1177, more commonly referred to as the “Every Child Achieves Act” (ECAA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In response, Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) issued the following statement: 

“The bipartisan, common sense charter provisions contained within the ECAA demonstrate the Senate is committed to ensuring all American children—including the 1.6 million children attending charter schools—have the opportunity to attend a great school. 

With hundreds of thousands of students dropping out of high school each year, the need for more quality schools throughout our country is clear. It is our obligation to serve these children by opening and expanding only the best schools and by making the tough decisions to close those that consistently fail to live up to their promises."

 

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NACSA Recognizes U.S. House of Representatives for Strong Charter School Provisions included in the ESEA Reauthorization Act

July 8, 2015

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In response, Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) issued the following statement: 

“By passing a version of the ESEA reauthorization bill that maintains annual testing and strengthens the Public Charter School Program, the U.S. House of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to working towards an education system that can give all children the opportunity to attend a great school.

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NACSA Congratulates Senior Advisor Nelson Smith, Newest Charter School Hall of Fame Inductee

June 8, 2015

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is pleased to congratulate Senior Advisor Nelson Smith on his election into the National Charter School Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes his long-standing contributions to charter schools and charter school authorizing.

For more than 15 years, Smith has been a champion for quality within the charter school community. His impact began as an authorizer—serving as the founding executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board, an organization that has grown into one of the best authorizing offices in the country. From there he launched the National Alliance for Public Charter School (NAPCS), an organization dedicated to advancing the quality, growth, and sustainability of charter schools. Serving as its first president and CEO, he helped shift the national charter conversation to quality by commissioning a report challenging the movement to focus as much on quality as it had on growth.

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NACSA Helps Build Charter School Authorizing Talent

June 4, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – Nearly 25 years after passing the nation’s first charter school legislation, Minnesota continues to lead charter school education with the launch of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Innovation in Education Fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Fellowship is the first of its kind, designed to introduce emerging public policy leaders to charter school authorizing—the professionals responsible for approving, monitoring and renewing charter schools.


The yearlong, paid Fellowship is designed to provide hands-on experience that enhances students’ understanding of the critical issues impacting education reform. Each student will be placed at a local authorizing office, where he or she will work full-time in the summer and part-time during the academic year, while also receiving training and additional support from NACSA.

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Nevada Passes Legislation Creating State-Run District

June 2, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – Over the weekend, the Nevada legislature passed AB448, a significant piece of school reform legislation that will allow the state to transition its lowest-performing public schools to charter schools under the control of a newly created, state-run Achievement School District.

“NACSA congratulates Nevada on taking this notable step towards creating better educational opportunities for children. As we’ve seen in New Orleans and Tennessee, achievement school districts can be an effective tool to improving the quality of public school education statewide,” said Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).

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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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