This series highlights news, initiatives, and insights from NACSA member organizations.
NACSA's Fund for Authorizing Excellence (The Fund) provides direct
support to NACSA members working to create and sustain authorizing
environments that foster high-quality charter schools. The Fund is "at
work" in several authorizing offices across the nation, including the
Nevada Department of Education.
In 2007, New Mexico’s charter school law was expanded to allow the authorization of charter schools by the state’s Public Education Commission (PEC). This legislation also authorized the creation of the Charter Schools Division within the New Mexico Public Education Department. Since 2007, the Division has created comprehensive charter application, oversight, and renewal processes. This interview features Dr. Don Duran and Sam Obenshain of the Charter Schools Division.
We are pleased to feature an interview with Judy Forrester and Suzanne Love, Charter Liaisons at the University of Missouri. The College of Education at the University of Missouri began authorizing in 2007. The University currently authorizes one charter school on two campuses.
This Member Spotlight features an interview with Ting Sun, Founder and Educational Program Director of Natomas Charter School. Ting has worked for over 18 years in education as a teacher, administrator, and school operator. Ting has had the unique experience of having worked as a charter school administrator at both the school and state levels. Ting brings the practical, “in the trenches” perspective to her national work, and the national mindset to her school-level work. In our interview, Ting discusses important topics facing the charter movement, including the major challenges a school faces annually, how to define a “quality authorizer,” and the most frequent issues that tend to arise between authorizers and the schools they authorize.
This second Member Spotlight features an interview with Joshua Edelman, CEO of the Office of New Schools at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The CPS Office of New Schools has been a national leader in bringing the benefits of charter schools to urban districts and is effectively using the lessons learned from charters to turn around failing schools.
This first Member Spotlight features an interview with Andrew Broy, Associate State Superintendent for Policy, External Affairs, and Charter Schools at the Georgia Department of Education. The Georgia Department of Education has been instrumental in advancing policy to support quality charter school growth in the state.