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A Call for Quality: National Charter School Authorizers Group Says More Failing Schools Must Close For Reform to Fully Succeed

While a great many public charter schools are among their states’ best performers and are paving the way for educational innovation across the U.S., too many are failing to provide a quality …


National Association of Charter School Authorizers Issues Statement on Georgia Charter School Referendum

Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, issued the following statement today on the passage of Georgia’s charter school referendum: “By amending the constitution, voters have …


National Association of Charter School Authorizers Issues Statement on Presidential Election

Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, issued the following statement today on the results of the presidential election: “Like every president for the past twenty …


National Charter Organization Releases New Standards for Authorizers

The National Association for Charter School Authorizers released today its 2012 Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing, providing new standards for authorizers—the entities tasked with approving, monitoring and renewing the …


Mississippi’s New Charter Law a Win for State’s Children

Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, today issued the following statement regarding Governor Phil Bryant’s signature of Mississippi’s new charter school law: “Today, the future …


Guest Blog: BES on Mitigating Bias in School Founding & Charter Authorization to Support Community-Driven Schools

BES has a long history of identifying and preparing excellent leaders to create and realize their visions for transforming education in their communities. Of course, the key to making their dreams a …


One Ingredient of Multiple Measures: Patience

Second in a series David Greenberg VP, Authorizer Learning & Development Evaluating school performance is the heart of authorizing. To do it well, authorizers need to get the right information. We need …


What Can Tell Us More? Multiple Measures Can

First in a Series David Greenberg VP, Authorizer Learning & Development When we take a hard look at students in our schools, and want to know how they’re doing—really doing—it’s probably more …


Authorizers Must Be Willing Participants

High-quality charter schools start with high-quality authorizing. So, what differentiates great authorizing leaders from the pack? Our evidence shows that, in addition to abiding by national best practices, the best authorizers in …


Guest Blog: The Mind Trust on CSP and Community-Driven Change

Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust on CSP and Community-Driven Change Indianapolis, Indiana is home to a diverse and growing community of public charter schools. Demand from families, especially families of …


Who Authorizes: Negs and Mayoral Offices

Non-educational governmental entities (NEG) are a rare type of authorizer—there are only three! In all three cases, the NEG is a city and/or mayoral office. In a mayoral authorizing structure, authorizing staff …


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Who Authorizes: Independent Chartering Boards and Beyond

THIRD IN A SERIES Independent Chartering Boards (ICBs)—sometimes known as state charter commissions or statewide alternate authorizers—authorize statewide. ICB members, usually appointed by elected officials, oversee authorizing work, including the hiring of …


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Who Authorizes: The Potential of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

SECOND IN A SERIES Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been authorizing charter schools for decades. HEI authorizers currently oversee schools that serve more than 10 percent of all charter school students nationwide. …


More Isn’t Always Better: The Case Against Florida’s New Charter Commission Bill

More and better schools are essential for students and families, especially now as we continue to deal with the devastating effects of the global pandemic. While the quality of authorizing is more …


NACSA names Guerschmide Saint-Ange as Chief Operations & Talent Officer

Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Guerschmide Saint-Ange joins NACSA as chief operations and talent officer.  “I’ve been a long-time partner …