Resources & Research

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CHARTER SCHOOL LAW RANKINGS AND SCORECARD 2014

This scorecard is the 2014 annual ranking of charter school law by The Center for Education Reform, which serves as an easy visual to break down the the relative ranking of legislation across different areas related to charter schools for all states with such laws.  

See the full scorecard here.

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Accountability in Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure 2012

This 2012 updated charter school closure guide from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers provides detailed information about procedures, case studies, a sample closure plan and checklist, and sample letters to various constituencies. The 90-page guide has nine chapters: Why Good Authorizers Should Close Bad Schools; Using Performance Frameworks for Strong Accountability; Planning and Managing School Closure: Timing, Process, and Appeals; Preventing Mid-Year Closure; Reaching Closure Decisions: The

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Summary of State Virtual Charter Public School Funding Policies

This paper from the Center for School Change summarizes a year long survey completed in September 2013 about virtual charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The 
survey was carried out to answer three questions that state policy-makers, 
educators, parents and other people have asked.

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North Carolina Charter Schools: Excellence and Equity through Collaboration 2014

On January 27, 2014, Self-Help and the A.J. Fletcher Foundation convened over 40 North Carolina education leaders to shed light on the challenges and opportunities of an expanding charter school sector, including opportunities for charter and district leaders to work collaboratively. This report presents the issues and recommendations elevated at the convening and in subsequent discussions among the convening organizations.

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Improving Access and Creating Exceptional Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools

This report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools explores the relevant legal framework that shapes special education in the charter sector; outlines both the challenges and opportunities presented by state public charter school laws that create autonomous schools that operate separate from or alongside traditional public school districts; and identifies key accountability structures. 

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Over-Age, Under-Credited Students and Public Charter Schools: An Exploration of Successes, Strategies, and Opportunities for Expansion

Over-age and under- credited (OU) students are defined as not having the appropriate number of credits for their age and intended grade. A new report released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter SchoolsOur Piece of the Pie, and SIATech examines how public charter schools are taking a leading role in serving these students who have fallen behind in school or dropped out altogether.&nbsp

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Making School Choice Work

School choice is increasingly the new normal in urban education. But in cities with multiple public school options, how can civic leaders create a choice system that works for all families, whether they choose a charter or district public school?

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Replicating Quality – Policy Recommendations to Support the Replication and Growth of High-Performing Charter Schools and Networks

This January 2014 report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Charter School Growth Fund identifies a set of key policies and practices that could dramatically accelerate the replication and growth of high-performing charter schools and charter networks. 

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Back to School Tallies: Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools & Students, 2013-2014

Each year, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools contacts state departments of education and state charter school associations to obtain lists of new and closed charter schools for the academic year. The numbers presented in this report are estimates.

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Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2014

This January 2014 report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the organization's fifth annual national ranking of charter school laws. This report evaluates each state’s charter school law against the 20 essential components of a strong public charter school law. These 20 components are drawn from National Alliance’s A New Model Law For Supporting The Growth Of High-Quality Public Charter Schools.