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NACSA Announces Campaign for Closing More Failing Charters, Better Authorizing
More must be done to close failing charter schools and improve systems for opening high-quality charter schools to ensure that the charter school sector lives up to its ideal of improving education by exchanging school autonomy for accountability, according to the head of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).
NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond announced November 28, 2012, a “One Million Lives” advocacy campaign to urge states to adopt specific laws that hold schools and their authorizers accountable for performance and to establish more statewide authorizers that NACSA says are better able to implement professional practices.
The campaign calls for a broad coalition to close failing charters and open many more excellent schools to get “one million more children into 3,000 high performing schools over the next five years,” according to Richmond, who said the NACSA analysis shows that between 900 and 1,300 of the roughly 6,000 charter schools across the country fall in the lowest 15 percent of schools in their state.
Joining Richmond at the campaign press conference in Washington, D.C., were New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, New Orleans Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard, and California Charter Schools Association President and CEO Jed Wallace.
Richmond said that the NACSA effort has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Robertson Foundation and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.