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NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond Remembers Donald Fisher, Gap Inc. Cofounder and Charter School Advocate

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) President and CEO Greg Richmond released the following statement today in response to the death of Donald Fisher, Gap Inc. Co-founder and Charter School …


New Study Sets Priority Areas and Recommends Strong Standards So All St. Louis Students Have Access to a Quality Education

St. Louis, MO – The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and IFF, in conjunction with the St. Louis Mayor’s Office, released a new study today analyzing the performance, location, and …


NACSA President Applauds Findings of New Survey on New Orleans Charter Schools

A new survey of New Orleans citizens has found that they strongly support charter schools and education reform efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The survey, conducted by the Council for …


NACSA President Appointed to Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) President and CEO Greg Richmond was selected today to serve as a Commissioner on The Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind. Richmond, an …


NACSA Announces $9.4 Million in Grant Funding

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) announced today that it has received $9.4 million in investments from three of the nation’s preeminent foundations — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, …


Closing the DEI Gap in Authorizing

According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 68% of charter school students are students of color and nearly 59% come from lower-income households. Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including authorizing institutions, …


New School Application

What’s possible today? Who can start new, high-quality, innovative, and equitable schools? Is it possible for community members, talented educators, or the next generation of leaders to start a new school that …


Third Thursdays

NACSA provides professional development opportunities, online courses, resources, and publications that are specifically designed to help authorizers and other school leaders grow and network. Third Thursdays, an ongoing virtual learning series, is …


2022 Reflections with Karega

Agency. Acceleration. Autonomy.  You couldn’t miss these words, prominently displayed throughout the school. But these were not just words on walls: I saw how students, teachers, and administrators took those beliefs seriously. …


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 …