Resources & Research

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Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governance Boards

The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance makes a compelling case to focus on governing boards: most charter school closures are a result of challenges to finance and governance, not academic performance.  "Maximizing Effectiveness" provides a thorough yet concise review of charter school governing boards.  Topics covered include the role of a governing board, stages of board development, determining the right size of the board, composition of its members, orientation and training, and other relevant subject matter.

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Developing Training Programs for Charter School Governing Board Members: A Promising Practice Profile

Through examination of innovative practices in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Minnesota, this guide outlines essential elements in the development of a strong charter school governing board.

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Charter School Governing Board Training Handbook

The purpose of this guide is to equip present and future board members with the knowledge they need to fulfill their duties, as board leadership is a key component in successful charter schools.

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Creating and Sustaining High-Quality Charter School Governing Boards

This guide examines the laws, policies, and programs that states are using to create and sustain high-quality public charter school governing boards. The authors provide policy options related to two crucial aspects of governing boards: board composition and recruitment and board training.

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Center for Charter Schools Offers 'Board Gear'

Developed by the Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, this online resource includes a wide range of materials to assist leaders at the schools it authorizes, with a focus on charter school board members. Resources include forms, resolutions, policies, training materials, and reference guides to serving as a charter school board member.

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Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Abridged)

This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training, governance structures and meetings, legal and financial responsibilities, and explorations of the board’s role in fundraising, parental involvement, and accountability. This is the abridged version of the toolkit.

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Good to Govern: Evaluating the Capacity of Charter School Founding Boards

This National Association of Charter School Authorizers issue brief identifies key characteristics of effective founding charter school boards and provides guidelines to evaluate their capacity.