Resources & Research

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Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration

In Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration, authors Sara Mead and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel examine thirty-six jurisdictions that have both charter schools and state-funded pre-K programs to determine where charters can provide state-funded pre-K. Among the findings:
  • Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have both state-funded pre-K and charter laws. Of those, thirty-two have at least one charter school serving preschoolers.
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National Charter School Study 2013

This June 2013 report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University provides analyses of charter school performance in 25 states and the District of Columbia and New York City, and provides comparisons with traditional public school performance.

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Successful Charter Schools

This 2004 report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement discusses elements of effective charter schools and provides profiles of eight charter schools:

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Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success

This February 2011 report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington Bothell in Seattle finds that charter schools are using autonomy as a powerful tool for innovation and student achievement, but tight, unstable budgets and “overwhelming administrative demands are powerful forces pulling charter schools back to traditional practice.”

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Making Charter School Facilities More Affordable: State-Driven Policy Approaches

This 2008 U.S. Department of Education report profiles policy interventions by eight states and the District of Columbia intended to help charter schools address facilities challenges, including dedicated funding streams and ways to help charter school operators access low-cost financing for facility needs.