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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 …


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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 …


Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Impact on NACSA

In the late 2000s – when I was on a team leading authorizing and education change work for the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office – I had the incredible opportunity to meet Mayor Mike …

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NACSA’s 2021 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 …


2021 NACSA Leadership Conference Reflections

Black and Brown leaders are central to educational equity. They need our support.              – Naomi Shelton @ The 2021 NACSA Leadership Conference As the 2021 NACSA …

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For Charter School Renewal, It’s About Active Listening

NACSA’s 2021 Supplemental Renewal Guidance encourages authorizers to approach COVID-era renewals with both an equity and high-quality accountability lens. The guidance offers sample questions and responses for authorizers, but is neither a …


NACSA’s Four Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Program (CSP) State Entity Grant

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is one of the few levers the federal government plays in charter schooling around the country. To date, the program has put more than $5 billion dollars …


NACSA Names Courtney Hughley as Vice President of Communications

Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Courtney Hughley joins NACSA as vice president of communications.  “I’m honored to join NACSA as …


Read it in the Washington Post: Without Communities

Some important, really important, stakeholders are notably absent from a piece on the history of charter schools in Wednesday’s Washington Post. The author places teacher unions in opposition to education reformers and policymakers who “hijacked …