ESSER and the Fiscal Cliff
February 27, 2024
Big changes are on the horizon for charter school authorizers and the schools in their portfolios: the end of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Managing this change will be, for …
Why We Support the Empower Charter School Leaders Act
October 19, 2023
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) advances and strengthens the ideas and practices of authorizing so students and communities–especially those who are historically under-resourced–thrive. NACSA engages authorizers who oversee more …
Who We Are

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is an independent voice for thoughtful charter authorizing practices and policies that lead to more great public schools.

What is Authorizing?

Authorizers are the entities that decide who can start a new charter school, set academic and operational expectations, oversee school performance, and decide if a school remains open.

Authorizing Principles & Standards

Resource guides that identify core authorizer responsibilities and describe how the principles are upheld within each responsibility. They are designed to help set high expectations.

Excellence from Communities: Our Three-Year Vision

High-quality, innovative, and equitable educational opportunities that communities are rightly demanding have never been more important as our world deals with the effects of a global pandemic and ongoing racial inequities. We must listen and act.