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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…
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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 public school legislation across the country. For starters, we saw significant activity regarding potential enabling legislation in several of…
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Palm Beach School District Amicus Brief

The State Board of Education's reversal of the Palm Beach School Districts' (District) denial of the charter school application should be affirmed. The District did not have good cause or…
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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…
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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…
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. Some of the biggest developments of the 2015 state legislative sessions include: Alabama …
Automatic Closure of Low-Performing Public Charter Schools

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

The National Alliance advocates for the growth and expansion of high-quality charter schools. While we believe it is important to foster the growth of charter schools achieving great academic…
Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter Laws

Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter Laws

Since 2005, the National Alliance has advocated for high-quality public charter school laws. With the support of a working group with deep expertise in public charter school law, we released a…
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Separation of Church and School: Guidance for Public Charter Schools Using Religious Facilities

Public charter school leaders and advocates are dedicated to growing the number of high-quality public charter schools available to all families, especially those in communities where there are…
Chartering Turnaround

Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure

Persistently low-achieving public schools around the country have received $5.8 billion from the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, in addition to district and state funds, and other…
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Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration

High-quality charter schools and pre-K programs have shown tremendous potential to change the educational and life trajectories of low-income students. In combination, they could do even more to…
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State Laws on Weighted Lotteries and Enrollment Practices

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued updated guidance that expanded the circumstances under which charter schools receiving Charter Schools Program (CSP) funds may elect to use…