Resources & Research

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Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing

The 2010 Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing was developed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. The guide describes the three main principles to which authorizers should adhere as they evaluate charter school applications and performance. It also provides a clear framework of the standards and processes of effective authorization.

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NACSA Policy Guide Series

This 2009 series of eight policy guides from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers covers key elements of the charter school authorizing cycle and is designed specifically for state education policy makers and advocates.

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Taking Charge of Choice: How Charter School Policy Contexts Matter

This 2009 report focuses on the confluence of events, policy and activism that led to passage in 2001 of a charter school law in Indiana and mayoral authority over charter schools in Indianapolis. The report discusses economic conditions, public school performance and the role of leaders in the pursuit of charter schools.

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Sigsbee Charter School Documents

The Sigsbee Charter School, located on Naval Air Station Key West in Florida, has posted on its website copies of its Charter School Application, and its Charter Contract, Part 1 and Part 2.

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Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission -- developed by The Council of State Governments' National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families -- seeks to ease school transitions for children of military families between school districts and states so that they have the same opportunities for educational success as other children.

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Davis-Monthan Charter School, Informational Slide Presentation

This presentation from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base provides information about the development of a charter school for the base in Tucson, Arizona, including background about the impetus for the school, the planning process, and impacts and results.  

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Executive Summary, Imagine Andrews Public Charter School Application

Provided by the Prince Georges County Public Schools Office of Portfolio Schools, this is a copy of the executive summary of the Imagine Andrews Public Charter School application to operate a school on Joint Base Andrews, just outside Washington, D.C. The application was approved in 2010.

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Adding Grade Levels to Charter Amendment Request, Sonoran Science Academy-Davis Monthan

Provided by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, this is a copy of the Sonoran Science Academy – David Monthan’s 2010 request for a contract amendment to add grade levels at the charter school on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The document provides background about the action and the approval to go from serving grades 6-8 to serving grades 6-9.

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Charter Contract, Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and Sonoran Science Academy – Davis Monthan

This copy of the contract between the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and the Sonoran Science Academy – Davis Monthan, provided by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, describes the terms of the deal, including the parties involved and amendments requiring approval.   

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Sonoran Science Academy, Davis-Monthan, Replication Application

This copy of the 2009 Sonoran Science Academy, Davis-Monthan, Replication Application, provided by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, offers detailed information about enrollment and performance trends for Sonoran Science Academy – Tucson, the program being replicated. The document also provides a market analysis, enrollment requirements, organizational structure and a start-up budget for the proposed middle school for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.