Charter Management Organizations

North Carolina Charter Schools: Excellence and Equity through Collaboration

North Carolina Charter Schools: Excellence and Equity through Collaboration

More than 40 North Carolina education leaders convened in January 2014 to consider the challenges and opportunities of an expanding charter sector since the cap was lifted in 2011, and ways that district and charter leaders can work collaboratively to improve how charter schools serve North Carolina students. This report, from Self-Help, The A. J. Fletcher Foundation, and Public Impact, reflects their thoughts on policies, practices, and outcomes related to the state’s charter application and approval process, and the oversight and measurement of charter school performance. It details recommendations to improve charter authorizing practices and increase accountability. The report also addresses equity and funding issues that exacerbate distrust between districts and charter schools, and examines ways in which the two sectors may work together to improve opportunities for all students to attend charter schools and to increase charter schools’ access to district resources that would enhance their ability to serve all types of students.

Recommendations include convening district and charter leaders regularly to discuss district-charter collaboration; bringing North Carolina charter authorizing and performance legislation, policy, and practices in closer alignment with national standards to improve charter school quality; and using charter-district pilots to explore mechanisms such as common enrollment and sharing of resources that would give all students equal access to all public schools.

Opening Blended Learning Charter Schools: Indiana Schools Aim for Success Through Innovation

Opening Blended Learning Charter Schools: Indiana Schools Aim for Success Through Innovation

Carpe Dieme cover thumbnail Phalen cover thumbnailCase studies on two Indianapolis charter schools—Phalen Leadership Academy and Carpe Diem-Meridian—examine the schools’ approaches to blended learning in their first years. Commissioned by statewide charter authorizer the Indiana Charter School Board, the case studies provide lessons for potential school leaders considering similar schools.

Replicating Quality

Replicating Quality: Policy Recommendations to Support the Replication and Growth of High-Performing Charter Schools and Networks

Relicating Quality cover imageCould adoption of judicious policies and practices in the charter sector create a million more excellent opportunities for students over the next decade?  This report, prepared by Public Impact for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Charter School Growth Fund, makes recommendations that legislators, authorizers, and state education agencies can use to build a policy environment that will substantially increase the prevalence and impact of high-quality charter schools.  The recommendations support four strategies to promote quality in the sector: differentiating charter operators based on performance, building system capacity to cultivate and support high-performing schools and networks, facilitating replication of high performers and accelerating closure of low performers.

Going Exponential: Growing the Charter School Sector’s Best

Going Exponential: Growing the Charter School Sector’s Best

Going-Exponential_2011-1The supply of seats in the nation’s best charter schools is not growing rapidly enough to serve the millions of low-income children who need better schools.  Based on lessons from the fastest growing organizations in other sectors, this report for the Progressive Policy Institute provides breakthrough solutions for growing the best charter schools and charter management organizations. With specific advice for charter sector leaders, policymakers and philanthropists, Going Exponential offers strategies that could enable every child living in poverty to have access to schools as good as today’s top ten percent charter schools by 2025. Recommendations address the major barriers limiting growth of the sector’s best, such as scarcity of excellent school leaders, funding for growth, and motivation of charter leaders to grow while maintaining excellence.

Developing Education Talent Pipelines for Charter Schools: A Citywide Approach

Developing Education Talent Pipelines for Charter Schools: A Citywide Approach

1044-NCS-WtPaper DevEdTalenThis white paper highlights six indicators of a robust talent pipeline so that charter supporters of all kinds—including charter school leaders, talent providers, charter support organizations, philanthropies, and politicians—can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own efforts. It also shows through the examples of Indianapolis and New Orleans how charter supporters have been able to grow the supply of effective charter school teachers and leaders by focusing on these indicators. This white paper is part of a three-piece series continuing the discussion from a National Charter School Resource Center / U.S. Department of Education conference exploring emerging city-based movements that embrace high-quality charters as an integral component of their reform strategy.

Friendly Competition.

Friendly Competition

Friendly-CompetitionStand-alone charter schools are among the most innovative and successful schools around. But can they serve as the basis for a sustainable, large-scale movement for change in education? Or are they likely to remain the exception rather than the rule? What kinds of institutions are needed to support the scale-up of successful models? This article in Education Next tackles these questions.

 

Charting a Clear Course: A Resource Guide for Building Successful Partnerships between Charter Schools and School Management Organizations

Charting a Clear Course: A Resource Guide for Building Successful Partnerships between Charter Schools and School Management Organizations

Co-authored by Bryan C. Hassel and Margaret Lin, this resource guide aims to help charter school boards forge successful relationships with school management organizations. The guide was reissued in 2005 by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.