Resources & Research

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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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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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Governance Best Practices for Highly Effective Charter School Boards

This toolkit from Charter Board Partners provides a nearly comprehensive compilation of best practices to create and sustain a highly effective charter school board. Topics covered include roles and responsibilities, running effective meetings, committee structure, and other practices that align with standards for highly effective boards.

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Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Board Governance

This pamphlet from Charter Board Partners outlines the 6 standards to achieve a highly effective charter school board. The standards “set a high bar for what charter school boards should be focusing on,” according to Charter Board Partners.

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A Fresh Look at Diversity and Boards

This article, the first in a three-part series written by Jan Masaoka for Blue Avocado, takes a careful look at a diversity and nonprofit boards. Masaoka lays out the reasons in support of diversity as well as some practical advice, such as constructing diversity statement. A related article, "Recruiting for Board Diversity," offers practical tips for recruiting people 'unlike ourselves.'

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Sample Individual Trustee Appraisal

This sample individual trustee appraisal is provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. The self-appraisal asks individuals to rate their own expectations and performance as a member of a charter school board. Reflective questions are provided at the end of the self-appraisal.

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Job Descriptions for Officers

These sample job descriptions for officers are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Samples are available for board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and secretary positions.

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Board Committee Sample Job Descriptions

These sample board committee member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Sample descriptions are provided for academic excellence, development, finance, and governance committees. 

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Charter School Board Member Job Descriptions

These sample board member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. In addition to the job descriptions, scroll down to view sample performance expectations and board member agreement samples. The documents are available for download as a PDF on the website.

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Board Effectiveness Quiz

This free online quiz, designed by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm, is also a self-assessment for individual board members to see their board's strengths and weaknesses. The quiz can also be taken by full boards as a group exercise.