Free to Succeed: Public Charter Schools & the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The fundamental principle underlying the creation of public charter schools is that offering educators greater freedom to innovate in exchange for higher levels of accountability leads to greater student achievement. As a result of the freedom and accountability states have given to charter schools, they are the source of some of the education field’s most effective and innovative educational and operational practices.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) believes that in order for the public charter sector to grow and continue to produce results through innovation, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should significantly expand support for both the creation of new charter schools and the replication of successful charter schools. At the same time, ESEA reauthorization presents an opportunity to encourage innovation on a national scale and to roll back the encroachment of charter school freedoms that threaten to stifle student outcomes.