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A Mission to Serve: How Public Charter Schools Are Designed to Meet the Diverse Demands of Our Communities

The public charter school movement has grown rapidly in the 20 years since the first public charter school opened in 1992, with over 5,600 schools now serving more than two million students.
CMO and EMO Public Charter Schools

CMO and EMO Public Charter Schools: Interactive Data Tool

The interactive data tool (preview below) allows users to control the type of information presented in graphical form.
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Details from the Dashboard: Charter Schools by Geographic Region

Statistics on the number of charter schools and students enrolled in charter schools by the four geographic regions .
Beyond City Limits

Beyond City Limits: Expanding Public Charter Schools in Rural America

In only twenty years, the charter sector has grown from a single charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota to approximately 5,600 public charter schools serving more than 2 million students in nearly every state in the nation.
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Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2012

2011 has been a significant year for charter school policy across the country. At long last, Maine enacted a charter school law, becoming the 42nd jurisdiction that allows this innovative public school option. Ten states lifted their caps on charter school growth (either partially or entirely).
2011-2012 Estimated Number of Charter Schools & Students

Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools and Students, Dashboard Data from 2011-2012

As the public charter schools movement approaches the 20 year anniversary of the opening of the first charter school, the sector continues to grow. Over 500 new public charter schools opened their doors for the 2011-2012 school year.
Unionized Charter Schools

Unionized Charter Schools: Dashboard Data from 2009-10

The number of charter schools that hold collective bargaining agreements with teachers unions has largely been unknown.
CMO and EMO Public Charter Schools

CMO and EMO Public Charter Schools: Dashboard Data from 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10

Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and Education Management Organizations (EMOs) play an important part in the scalability of the charter school movement by enabling the replication of models that work, creating economies of scale, encouraging collaboration between similar schools, and build
Career Compass: Discovering Job Opportunities in the Public Charter School Sector

Career Compass: Discovering Job Opportunities in the Public Charter School Sector

As the U.S. public charter school movement approaches the 20th anniversary of the first charter school opening, there is much to celebrate. There are now more than 5,000 charter schools serving nearly 2 million students across the country.
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A Growing Movement: Americas Largest Charter School Communities, Sixth Edition

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the opening of our nation's first charter school, these innovative schools are providing significant public educational options for parents and students in an increasing number of communities.
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Toward an Equitable Future: Charter Schools and School-Funding Litigation

At the National Alliance, we are working to ensure that public charter schools are equitably funded and that charter schools have appropriate access to the legal system to ensure equality.
State Facility Survey Blueprint

State Facility Survey Blueprint: Lessons from Four States

Promoting equality in funding and facilities is contingent upon valid and reliable evidence of what and where the shortfalls are.