Resources & Research

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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.

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Food Service Agreement, Odyssey Academy Inc. and Galveston (Texas) ISD, 2012

This 2012 agreement between the Odyssey Academy charter school in Galveston, Texas, and the Galveston Independent School District describes the terms and responsibilities for the preparation of meals by the district for service at the charter school.

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Austin (Texas) District-Charter Compact

The Austin (Texas) District-Charter Compact involves the Austin Independent School District and partner charter schools. The document notes that the city has doubled in size in the past 20 years, that it prides itself on being entrepreneurial, and that the “strained financial landscape” and higher academic standards have encouraged partnerships to improve schools and operate more efficiently.

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Philadelphia Great Schools Compact (Charter-District Collaboration)

This website section of the School District of Philadelphia includes a copy of Philadelphia's Great Schools Compact, which outlines plans for collaboration involving city charter and district schools, the Mayor’s Office on Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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El Sol Science and Arts Academy (Santa Ana, California) Family Handbook, 2011–2012

This is the 2011–2012 Family Handbook for El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana, California. It describes the school's policies and procedures and includes the school's parent compact, which sets out expectations for parent involvement.

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Spring Branch, Texas, Charter-District School Collaboration Compact

This is the Spring Branch, Texas, Charter-District Collaboration Compact announced in December 2011 as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project to encourage cooperation between charter and district schools. The compact involves the Spring Branch Independent School District, KIPP Houston, and YES Prep Public Schools.

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Chicago Charter-District School Collaboration Compact

This is the Chicago, Illinois, Charter-District Collaboration Compact announced in December 2011 as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project to encourage cooperation between charter and district schools. The compact covers charter, district, and shared commitments; descriptions of current and proposed approaches to funding and facilities allocation; leadership development; and performance standards.