One Million Lives

When done well, charter schools are a proven way to provide quality public education—not just for a few kids, but for millions.

NACSA’s One Million Lives initiative was launched in 2012 to engage authorizers and a broad coalition willing to close failing charter schools and open many more good ones, in order to get one million more children into 3,000 high-performing schools over five years.


By the Numbers

NACSA works one-on-one with authorizing offices to improve their practice—so only strong schools open in the first place and failing schools are responsibly closed. We advocate for stronger laws that will support smarter growth and stronger accountability. And we offer human capital initiatives and powerful online resources to strengthen the skills of authorizing staff.

As of the end of Year 3 of the One Million Lives initiative…




  • 43 LEADERS—individuals in dynamic authorizing positions around the country—have been trained by NACSA and completed projects to incorporate one of the 12 Essential Practices in their active authorizing portfolios
  • FELLOWS—early career or graduate students building skills in authorizing—were placed in paid fellowships in authorizing offices