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Demanding a Chance

Demanding a Chance: Parents Demand for Charter Schools Continues to Grow

Now more than ever, parents across the nation want to be able to choose the best public school for their child, and the results from this survey reinforce the demand for more high-quality charter schools.
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How to Recruit High-Performing Charter Management Organizations to a New Region: Results from the 2015 CMO Survey

This report is designed to help policymakers and community leaders around the country understand CMO preferences for expansion.
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The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis

This report measures movement growth, innovation, and quality, while this year doubling the number of quality measures we looked at in our first edition.
A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement

A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement: Schools, Students, and Management Organizations, 2015- 16

Enrollment in charter public schools has grown by 250,000 students in the 2015-16 school year, and more than 400 new charter public schools have opened their doors, according to, A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement: Schools, Students, and Management Organizations, 2015- 16.
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Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Law, 2016

2015 has proved to be another active year for charter school legislation across the country with significant activity regarding potential enabling legislation in several of the states without charter public school laws.
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Palm Beach School District Amicus Brief

The National Alliance joined partners in the state of Florida to support the State Board of Education's reversal of the Palm Beach School Districts' denial of a charter school application.
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A Growing Movement: Americas Largest Charter School Communities, Tenth Edition

In this report, the National Alliance collected public school enrollment data for the 2014-15 school year to identify communities across the country where the highest proportions of students were enrolled in charter public schools.
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Getting Lost While Trying to Follow the Money

Tracking the special education dollars that support services for students with disabilities attending public schools is complicated; attempting to track the funds to autonomous public charter schools is even more so.
2015 State Legislative Highlights

2015 State Legislative Session Highlights for Public Charter Schools

2015 has proved to be another successful year for public charter school legislation across the country.
Automatic Closure of Low-Performing Public Charter Schools

Automatic Closure of Low-Performing Public Charter Schools, April 2015

This state policy snapshot provides an overview of automatic closure policies in the 15 states that have such laws in 2015, which is an increase of four states since we last released this snapshot in 2014.
Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter Laws

Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter Laws

The purpose of this report is to sync ratings from the multiple rankings reports to reflect changes in policy, not changes to our scoring rubrics and clarifications about existing policies.
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Separation of Church and School: Guidance for Public Charter Schools Using Religious Facilities

This report is a guidebook to help charter school leaders and the advocates, attorneys, and others who support them navigate the increasingly complicated legal landscape surrounding public charter school use of a facility owned or operated by a religious organization