Resources & Research

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Breakthroughs in Time, Talent, and Technology: Next Generation Learning Models in Public Charter Schools

A new report released in September of 2014 by Public Impact and for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools looks at next generation learning models – those using time, talent, and technology in innovative ways. Specifically, the report evaluates current practices at four innovative schools and makes recommendations for policymakers to better support this type of personalized learning to help increase student achievement.

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Public Accountability for Charter Schools

A new report on charter schools from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) recommends changes to state charter legislation and charter authorizer standards that would reduce student inequities and achieve complete transparency and accountability to the communities served.  

Find the full report here.

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2014 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape

LISC's 2014 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape is a comprehensive source for information on how charter schools fund real estate projects. This is the fourth report in a series of Landscape studies since 2005. It provides an overview of current financing options from foundations and nonprofit financing organizations, as well as a detailed description of the tax-exempt bond market for charter schools.

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English Language Learners

Students who are English language learners (ELL) participate in appropriate programs of language assistance, such as English as a Second Language, High Intensity Language Training, and bilingual education. The percentage of public school students in the United States who were English language learners was higher in school year 2011–12 (9.1 percent, or an estimated 4.4 million students) than in 2002–03 (8.7 percent, or an estimated 4.1 million students).

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Are Charter Schools Working? A Review of the Evidence

This brief summarizes a new review of the available evidence on charter schools and student achievement.

Are charter schools working? That is, are students in charter schools learning as much or more than their counterparts in district-run public schools? While public and political debates rage about the charter sector’s efficacy, it is crucial to systematically consider the most rigorous studies to understand how in fact charter schools are serving students across the nation.

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Autonomy and Achievement: How public charter schools can help close the achievement gap

This report by Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for the PIE Network discusses potential solutions for charter schools to contribute toward closing the achievement gap because of their increased autonomy. According to the report, "The vast majority of gold-standard research studies on charter student achievement published since 2010, including three national studies and 10 regional studies, show positive results for students who attend public charter schools."


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Using School Improvement Grant Funds to Increase Access to High-Quality Public Schools

This policy paper outlines a set of proposals that would allow states to use School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to open new and expand existing high-quality public charter schools. In January 2014, Congress took action to broaden states’ uses of SIG funds.

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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. 

Read the whole report here.


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Struggling with special education, charter schools join together

Connecting charter schools with similar special education needs is the chief goal of the New York City Charter School Center’s Special Education Collaborative, which builds off of local efforts to boost special education at charter schools that have been going in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn since 2007.

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Stakeholder Engagement for Common Enrollment Systems

This March 2014 issue brief from CRPE looks at the experiences of leaders in two cities—New Orleans and Denver—and the stakeholder pol­itics they encountered as they set up their new enrollment systems This is one of a series of issue briefs studying the policies surrounding design and implementation of common enrollment systems.

Read the full brief here.