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Multi-State Analysis of Charter School Proposals and Approvals Reveals a Diverse Sector Shaped by Authorizers

Report uncovers increased share of freestanding school proposals, decrease in for-profit and “No Excuses” proposals, and few proposals receive philanthropic support.  CHICAGO — A new report released today by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) offers a never-before-seen …


New Digital Campaign Highlights the Need to Improve Charter School Authorizing

New explainer videos demystify the role of charter school authorizers, which remains largely misunderstood 25 years into the charter school movement. The critical role authorizers play in determining the overall quality of …


NACSA CEO Testifies to Congress on Power of Charter School Authorizing

On June 13, 2018, NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond and a select panel of education reform leaders will testify in front of the House Education and Workforce Committee on the value of charter …


NACSA Testifies on CA Authorizing Bill SB 1362

Today, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Policy Director Veronica Brooks-Uy will testify before the California Senate Education Committee on SB 1362, a bill that addresses charter school authorizing issues …


New Report Identifies What Charter School Authorizers Do Differently to Achieve High-Performing Portfolios

New report finds successful authorizing depends on great leadership, institutional commitment, and strong professional judgment CHICAGO — Today, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) releases “Leadership, Commitment, Judgment: Elements of …

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The Freshman Class Has a Lesson or Two For the Seniors

The charter school movement is now nearly 30 years old. In these three decades, practitioners and policymakers have learned a lot. States with newer charter laws—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Washington—have learned from …


One Thing That’s Hot This Winter: Virtual Charter School Reform

It’s still early in the 2019 legislative cycle, but one clear trend is already emerging: virtual charter school reform bills are popping up in states across the country. Over 40 percent of …


Forget Netflix: What to Watch in the 2019 State Legislative Cycle

While legislative action is slowed at the federal level, state legislative cycles are in full-swing. Advocates for quality charter school authorizing are keeping an eye on potential for progress in their home …


How to Implement the NCD’s Special Education Report Recommendations

The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently published Charter Schools—Implications for Students with Disabilities, a look at how charter schools are serving children with disabilities. Overall, the report found that while some …


How One Chicago Authorizer Created Common Ground

This piece is part of our interactive, Authorizer Showcases, which highlight how authorizers around the country are tackling obstacles related to access and accountability. Good authorizers find solutions to barriers that prevent children from …