Resources & Research

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Federal Grant Opportunities for Public Charter Schools

Charter schools are eligible for many federal grants through the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies. The purpose of this document is to highlight competitive grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education that run grant competitions every year. This document is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all federal grant opportunities. 

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“Extraordinary Authority Districts”: Design Considerations— Framework and Takeaways

In this brief, Public Impact, in partnership with America Achieves, compiles common challenges and lessons learned from early-implementing “Extraordinary authority districts”—turnaround districts in which states gain legal authority to take over and operate chronically underperforming schools and/or districts state leaders who met for a wide-ranging discussion in 2013. Many of the takeaways are relevant no matter where a state stands in the process of pursuing a successful school turnaround strategy.


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Parent Involvement in Urban Charter Schools: New Strategies for Increasing Participation

This report in the School Community Journal at the Academic Development Institute examines parent involvement programs at twelve charter schools across six U.S. states using Epstein's model of family involvement.

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Enhancing Charter Schools through Parent Involvement

This report from the National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and 
Governance functions as a practice profile that highlights methods for harnessing meaningful parent involvement. Practices range from creating a parent governing board to requiring parent participation at school events. In each case, parents play a role in school decision-making, taking on responsibilities that include school financing, facilities acquisition, and accountability for student learning. 

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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.  

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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