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National Association of Charter School Authorizers Elects Leaders

James N. Goenner, Executive Director of Central Michigan University’s Center for Charter Schools, was elected last week to serve as Vice Chair of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). NACSA …


Charter Schools Perform when District & Political Backing is Evident

Chicago — Charter school performance varies considerably across the nation, as indicated by today’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data, but the independent public schools outperform traditional schools when political and …


Authorizers Must Be Willing Participants

High-quality charter schools start with high-quality authorizing. So, what differentiates great authorizing leaders from the pack? Our evidence shows that, in addition to abiding by national best practices, the best authorizers in …


Guest Blog: The Mind Trust on CSP and Community-Driven Change

Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust on CSP and Community-Driven Change Indianapolis, Indiana is home to a diverse and growing community of public charter schools. Demand from families, especially families of …


Who Authorizes: Negs and Mayoral Offices

Non-educational governmental entities (NEG) are a rare type of authorizer—there are only three! In all three cases, the NEG is a city and/or mayoral office. In a mayoral authorizing structure, authorizing staff …


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Who Authorizes: Independent Chartering Boards and Beyond

Independent Chartering Boards (ICBs)—sometimes known as state charter commissions or statewide alternate authorizers—authorize statewide. ICB members, usually appointed by elected officials, oversee authorizing work, including the hiring of staff. Although an ICB …


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Who Authorizes: The Potential of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been authorizing charter schools for decades. HEI authorizers currently oversee schools that serve more than 10 percent of all charter school students nationwide. As authorizers, HEIs bring …


More Isn’t Always Better: The Case Against Florida’s New Charter Commission Bill

More and better schools are essential for students and families, especially now as we continue to deal with the devastating effects of the global pandemic. While the quality of authorizing is more …


NACSA names Guerschmide Saint-Ange as Chief Operations & Talent Officer

Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Guerschmide Saint-Ange joins NACSA as chief operations and talent officer.  “I’ve been a long-time partner …


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WHO AUTHORIZES: WHAT WE KNOW AND LOOKING AHEAD

Good authorizing is about function more than form; there is no one type of authorizer or authorizing structure that works best in all circumstances. Indeed, every authorizer type comes with its own …


NACSA in the News: Response to proposed NY legislation

Karega Rausch, NACSA President & CEO, appeared recently on Fox & Friends First to share his thoughts on proposed legislation in New York. You can watch the full story here.  

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WVPCSB needs to continue for all of West Virginia’s children

At NACSA we believe in – and are working on – more high-quality educational opportunities where all students can thrive.  That is why earlier this year we applauded West Virginia in the expansion of …