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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
Chartering Turnaround

Chartering Turnaround: Leveraging Public Charter School Autonomy to Address Failure

The report provides case studies of three charter management organizations (CMOs) that have successfully restarted low-achieving public schools.
Pre-K and Charter School

Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration

This comprehensive study points to state policies that create restrictions for collaboration between charter schools and pre-K, and also offers policy recommendations at the federal and state levels to improve the climate for high-quality charter schools to offer pre-K.
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State Laws on Weighted Lotteries and Enrollment Practices

This paper is intended to offer a state-by-state analysis of whether weighted lotteries are permitted or may be permitted under current guidance from the Department of Education.
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The Hidden Connection in City-wide Reform: How Charter Schools Can Bring Equity to Public Education

This is the untold story of New Orleans education reform and it is a story that holds lessons for cities across the country, particularly those cities seeking recovery district-type reform.
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.
Facilities Funding for Public Charter Schools

State Policy Snapshot: Facilities Funding for Public Charter Schools

This document provides a snapshot of the 29 states that have authorized an option to help fund public charter school facilities.
2014

2014 Annual Report

2014 was another outstanding year for the National Alliance and for the public charter school movement.
Holding Public Charter School Authorizers Accountable

Holding Public Charter School Authorizers Accountable: State Experiences and Policy Recommendations

This brief offers recommendations to strengthen state policies on authorizer accountability, augmenting the ideas already advanced by the National Alliances model law and NACSA policy guidance
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Waiting for Their Chance: A Closer Look at Wait Lists in Urban Public Charter Schools

In these ten urban school districts that have large wait lists for charter schools, nearly all of their district school systems perform well below their states average, and most have charter schools that are achieving positive academic outcomes.
Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools

Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools

This paper looks at the formulas used to allocate Title I funds to charter schools that are treated under state law as separate LEAs.
School District Facilities and Public Charter Schools

State Policy Snapshot: School District Facilities and Public Charter Schools

This issue brief looks at the 27 states that have enacted policies that try to provide charter schools with better access to district facilities