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National Association of Charter School Authorizers Appoints Education Leaders to National Advisory Board

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of seven distinguished professionals to its National Advisory Board. The 23- member board is comprised of leaders from …


National Survey Shows Charter School Closure Rates Dropped in 2010-2011 School Year

January 30, 2012 (Chicago, Ill.) – A report released today by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) indicates charter school closures have declined over the past three years. These findings …


NACSA Hails Congressional Action to Strengthen Charter School Authorizing

In adopting the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, Congress recognizes for the first time the important role charter school authorizers play in determining charter school quality, winning it praise from the National …


NACSA Announces 2009 Awards for Excellence

The NACSA Awards for Excellence program celebrates individuals and organizations that advance the authorizing profession in three fields: • Advancing Knowledge, • Improving Policy, and • Improving Practice. NACSA announced the 2009 …


The Fund for Authorizing Excellence

NACSA established The Fund for Authorizing Excellence (The Fund) earlier this year to provide direct support to NACSA members who are working to create charter environments that foster schools with high student …


2022 Change Makers

Across the country, the dual challenges of an ongoing pandemic and racial inequities continue to impact our schools. But educators, school leaders, and authorizers across the country have been working to meet …


Authorizer Resource: Multiple Measures Readiness Assessment

NACSA and our partners have been working on innovative ways to evolve definitions of school quality, including Multiple Measures. Multiple Measures is a both/and accountability system: BOTH long-used and normed measures AND …


NACSA names Brian Graham as Chief Financial Officer

Dr. M. Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Brian Graham joins NACSA as chief financial officer.  “I am honored to be …


Introducing EnTere Ed Collective, a space where BIPOC authorizers and authorizing-adjacent professionals THRIVE

By Vashaunta Harris, V. Harris Enterprises, and John Carwell Jr., Delaware State Department of Education NACSACon’s keynote speaker, Dr. Anton Treuer, remarked that, “Public education is the big assimilation experiment.” This extends …


State of Charter Authorizing Report

Authorizing is the most consequential public school governance reform of the past two decades. For the last 20+ years, authorizers have been creating a new landscape, where school autonomy—balanced by fierce accountability …


NACSA’s CSP Guidance for Management Organizations

As federal education programming has shifted over the years to be more focused on high-quality outcomes for students, communities desiring a charter school have increasingly turned to already-proven, successful educational models to …


Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Authorizing

Quality authorizing can exist within many contexts and structures. One of those contexts is within higher education institutions (HEIs). We examined how and what HEIs contribute to the charter schools’ landscape. This …


Convincing Your Boss that NACSACon is Right for You

As a leader in the field of authorizing, the best way to serve students is by continuously reflecting on new and different ways of listening to, and acting from, your communities’ needs. …


SXSW EDU 2023 Conference Proposals

NACSA has submitted two innovative and exciting session proposals for The SXSW EDU 2023 Conference (March 6-9); now we need your help. The South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU Conference brings together the learner, the practitioner, …


Authorizing by the Numbers

We spend plenty of time talking about the why and how of our work, as we seek to ensure more high-quality, innovative, and equitable educational opportunities for children. But every few years, …