Resources & Research

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Free to Lead: Autonomy In Highly Successful Charter Schools

This April 2010 issue brief by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools investigates “autonomy in action” through case studies documenting the experience of five high-performing charter schools.

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Case Study: Teacher Cooperatives

 

This EducationNext article by Beth Hawkins explores two teacher-led charter schools, the School for Urban Planning and Architecture in Milwaukee and New Country in Minnesota.

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Case Study: Supporting Charter School Business Managers

This National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance profile of the Colorado Department of Education’s Business Managers Network details how the technical assistance and networking program supports charter school business managers through training and networking opportunities.

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Case Study: Leveraging Community Partnerships to Support Charter School Operations

This profile from the National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance details how Metropolitan Ministries Academy in Tampa, Florida, built strong relationships with community and corporate partners to provide financial support to the school.

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Case Study: Using Municipal Bonds to Finance Charter School Facilities

This National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance profile details partnerships undertaken by the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School in Philadelphia to secure an innovative financing model involving the use of municipal bonds to fund the construction of a new facility.

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Case Study: Using Loans to Support Charter School Expansion

This National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance profile examines the California Charter Schools Association’s Charter School Growth Loan Program, a unique public-private partnership to provide working capital to the state’s charter school sector.

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Case Study: Funding Facilities for Early Stage Schools

 

This National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance profile highlights the Charter School Incubator Initiative (CSII) run by Building Hope, an intermediary organization that renovates and leases facilities at below-market rates to start up charter schools.

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Case Study: State-Funded Planning Support for Charter School Start-up

The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance case study profiles Georgia’s state-funded charter school planning grant program, which provides financial assistance to charters during their conceptualization and early planning stages, before the application process begins.

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When It Really Matters: Charter Renewal Decisions at the State University of New York

 
This National Association of Charter School Authorizers report details three renewal decisions undertaken by SUNY’s Charter School Institute, which administers authorizing responsibilities for 24 charter schools.

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A Cautionary Tale: School Turnarounds and Charter Leadership

This chapter in the National Charter School Research Project Center on Reinventing Public Education’s 2009 Hopes, Fears and Realities report offers what it calls “a cautionary tale” based on the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation’s experience with a charter turnaround in Dayton, Ohio, concluding that a “transformative leader who can drive key changes” is a key to successful turnaround efforts.