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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Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

This 2013 report from the PEW Charitable Trusts focuses on the use of closed public school district buildings in 12 cities. The report notes that charter schools have occupied 42 percent of the surplus buildings in the cities since 2005 and that more than 300 unused sites remain.

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Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

This study, conducted by RAND researchers, used student-level data to compare public charter schools in Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, and the states of Ohio, Texas, and Florida, with traditional public schools.

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Quality Authorizing for Online and Blended-Learning Charter Schools

This April 2011 report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) highlights key challenges facing authorizers of online and blended-learning charter schools. The report discusses issues such as accountability for student achievement, the provision of special education, building authorizers’ capacity, and funding levels for online programs. Characteristics of online charter schools are described in the report, which notes that the policy framework for the schools varies widely by state and that they often operate in conjunction with for-profit EMOs.