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The Hidden Connection in City-wide Reform: How Charter Schools Can Bring Equity to Public Education

Many civic leaders believe that the New Orleans reform strategy holds promise for increasing educational outcomes in other cities. This is likely true. But this is also true: New Orleans continues…
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…
Facilities Funding for Public Charter Schools

State Policy Snapshot: Facilities Funding for Public Charter Schools

One of the biggest challenges to the continued expansion of public charter schools is the fact that many public charter school laws place the ultimate burden of obtaining and paying for facilities…
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2014 Annual Report

2014 was another outstanding year for the National Alliance and for the public charter school movement. We continued to solidify support for public charter schools in Congress and in state…
Holding Public Charter School Authorizers Accountable

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

Accountability is one of the central values of the public charter school concept. To date, most attention from policymakers and other education leaders has focused on school-level accountability.…
waiting for their chance

Waiting for Their Chance: A Closer Look at Wait Lists in Urban Public Charter Schools

Public charter schools are finally giving parents an alternative to the low-performing school systems in our nations biggest cities. Unfortunately, in communities with few high-quality public…
Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools

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

The focus of this paper is on the formulas used to allocate Title I funds to charter schools that are treated under state law as separate LEAs. It begins with a brief overview of the formulas used…
School District Facilities and Public Charter Schools

State Policy Snapshot: School District Facilities and Public Charter Schools

One of the greatest challenges to the health of the public charter school movement is access to adequate facilities in which the schools operate. Public charter school facilities are rarely funded…
2014-2015 Estimated Number of Charter Schools & Students

Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools & Students

According to a new report released by the National Alliance, more than 500 new public charter schools opened in the 2014-15 school year, and an estimated 348,000 additional students are attending…
Equity at Scale

Equity at Scale: How Public Charter School Networks Can Innovate and Improve Services for Students with Disabilities

As public charter schools have grown and expanded their impact across the nation, networks of public charter schools have emerged. These organizations have school models that can be consistently…
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Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2015

While legislative changes for public charter school funding and accountability in 2014 improved the ranking of several state laws in the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' sixth annual…
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A Growing Movement: America's Largest Charter School Communities, Ninth Edition

A Growing Movement: Americas Largest Charter School Communities, identifies communities with the highest enrollment share and largest number of students attending public charter schools, as well…