National Public Charter Schools Commitment to Quality

National Public Charter Schools Commitment to Quality

The current education system in America is not preparing all students for the future demands of college, career, and the global economy. This is a challenge facing all communities as student needs become more complex and achievement gaps persist. The system is particularly broken for low-income students, providing them fewer opportunities and producing weaker results. Standing in strong contrast to these systemic failures, public charter schools are beacons of hope for millions of families across our nation. Despite hundreds of proof points across the country—many coming to scale—too few high-performing educational choices are available to families.

We, the undersigned organizations, have a unique opportunity to contribute to the policy direction of the public charter school movement. To be effective stewards of the movement, our top priority must be to ensure that public charter schools are high-performing, fiscally responsible options accessible to all families. That means we must be committed to the continued growth of our best examples, to seeding the next generation of innovative schools, and to the closure or reconstitution of schools unable to meet student needs.

Collectively, we agree that:

  • The public charter school movement’s principal goal is to create autonomous, publicly accountable, high-performing public schools for students;
  • The long-term ability of the public charter school movement to offer high-performing public schools to those who need them most rests, to a large degree, on the quality of the schools created within the movement;
  • Many communities lack enough high-performing public school options to serve all students;
  • The continued operation of persistently underperforming public schools is a failure for children; and
  • All parties with advocacy and stewardship responsibilities for the movement should deliberately work to increase the number of high-performing public charter schools and reduce the number of underperforming public charter schools.

Accordingly, we the undersigned organization, commit to the following:

  • To develop an evaluation system or make use of a pre-existing system to identify those public charter schools that are persistently performing among the best of all public schools within our jurisdiction and those public charter schools that are failing to meet the needs of students;
  • To annually work for the renewal, expansion, and replication of those schools that are meeting their performance expectations;
  • To support efforts to seed the next generation of autonomous, innovative charter public schools;
  • To advocate for the closure, non-renewal, or reconstitution of those public charter schools that are persistently failing to meet the needs of students;
  • To commit advocacy and lobbying resources toward these efforts; and
  • To provide families with the information needed to make the best educational choices for their children and to offer whatever transition assistance we can to the students, families, and public charter school employees whose lives are disrupted whenever a persistently underperforming public charter school is closed.

Emily Schultz
Executive Director
Alabama Coalition for Public Charter Schools     

Doug Thaman
Executive Director
Missouri Charter Public School Association

Eileen B. Sigmund
President and CEO
Arizona Charter Schools Association

Lauren Hulse (Tevis)
Executive Director
Charter School Association of Nevada

Scott Smith
Executive Director
Arkansas Public School Resource Center

Matt Southerton
Director
New Hampshire Center for Innovative Schools

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association

New Hampshire Public Charter School Association

Al Fan
Executive Director
Charter School Partners, Minnesota

Rick Pressler
Director of School Services
New Jersey Charter Schools Association

Nora E. Flood
President
Colorado League of Charter Schools

Mashea Ashton
CEO
Newark Charter Schools Fund

Ramona Hoage Edelin
Executive Director
D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools

Doug Wine
Executive Director
New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools

Robert Cane
Executive Director
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools
(FOCUS DC)

Kyle Rosenkrans
CEO
Northeast Charter Schools Network

Kendall Massett
Executive Director
Delaware Charter Schools Network

James Merriman
CEO
New York City Charter School Center

Laura Hanley
Executive Director
Florida Charter School Alliance

Doug Haynes
Board Chair
NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Robert Haag
President
Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

Eddie Goodall
Executive Director
North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association

Tony Roberts
CEO
Georgia Charter Schools Association

Darrell Allison
President 
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina 

Lynn Finnegan
Executive Director
Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network

Darlene Chambers
President and CEO
Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools

Terry Ryan
President
Idaho Charter School Network

Brent Bushey
Executive Director
Oklahoma Public School Resource Center

Andrew Broy
President
Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Robert Fayfich
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools

Caroline Roemer Shirley
Executive Director
Louisiana Association Public Charter Schools

Amy Ruck Kagan
Executive Director
Philadelphia Charters for Excellence

Michael Stone
CEO
New Schools for New Orleans

Stephen Nardelli
Executive Director
Rhode Island League of Charter Schools

Roger Brainerd
Executive Director
Maine Association for Charter Schools

Mary Carmichael
Executive Director
Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

Jason Botel
Executive Director
MarylandCAN

Greg Thompson
CEO
Tennessee Charter School Center

Marc Kenen
Executive Director
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

David Dunn
Executive Director
Texas Charter Schools Association

Dan Quisenberry
President
Michigan Association for Public School Academies      

Thomas Franta
CEO
Washington State Charter Schools Association

Erika Berry
Executive Director
Mississippi Charter Schools Association

Sean Roberts
Executive Director
Milwaukee Charter School Advocates