Incubating High-Quality Charter Schools: Innovations in City-Based Organizations

In May 2011, the National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference to explore emerging city-based movements that embrace high-quality charter schools as an integral component of their reform strategies. To continue the discussions from that day, Public Impact authored a series of white papers that take a deeper look into three of the topics raised at the conference—city-based funding strategies, building a robust pipeline of talented teachers and leaders, and innovation in incubating new charter schools. In this white paper, Public Impact explores how the members of a national network of city-based organizations—the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust—are using one promising approach to creating high-quality school options: incubating charter school leaders.