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Understanding School Districts in a Charter School Context

School districts are a major part of the U.S. education system. Charter schools are innovative public schools designed to adapt to the evolving needs of students. How can we describe charter schools as it relates to school districts? This white paper breaks down how the National Alliance captures data and methods for district-based analyses. For… Continue reading Understanding School Districts in a Charter School Context

From Crisis to Creativity: Can technology play a role in strengthening teacher-student relationships?

For many, the pandemic’s forced shift to remote learning revealed the importance of healthy, trusting relationships between teachers and students. But it also highlighted ways in which technology could be used to foster deeper and more impactful teacher-child relationships. This paper from Gradient Learning makes the case that a global calamity may have sparked a renewed appreciation of the… Continue reading From Crisis to Creativity: Can technology play a role in strengthening teacher-student relationships?

2020 Charter School Campus Report

Everyone knows what a school is, but the question of what constitutes an individual school is more complex than one would expect. Since not all individual records that appear in state or federal data files are schools, this creates a persistent challenge for educational researchers. In order to ensure that we have an accurate accounting… Continue reading 2020 Charter School Campus Report

Closing the Digital Divide

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down school buildings and moved education online, it quickly became clear that some students are at a disadvantage in digital learning—specifically those who are without access to the technology and internet connectivity that facilitates remote learning. In our new white paper, we use census data to better understand the barriers… Continue reading Closing the Digital Divide

2019 Modified Count Report

No exact definition of what constitutes a “school” exists. This lack of standardization can be problematic when accounting for schools in data systems and maintaining consistent data across time because federal and state educational agencies use different definitions for schools. This paper looks at the various record types found in state and federal datasets and… Continue reading 2019 Modified Count Report

National Best Practices: Teacher Recruitment and Pipelines

Over the years, many charter schools and networks have used job fairs as their primary recruiting tool to find high-quality talent, but new channels for recruiting high-quality candidates are quickly gaining traction. Charter schools and networks that have not adapted and engaged with these new practices are at a significant recruiting disadvantage. This becomes increasingly… Continue reading National Best Practices: Teacher Recruitment and Pipelines

Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter School Laws: Third Edition

Since 2005, the National Alliance has advocated for high-quality charter public school laws. With the support of a working group with deep expertise in charter school law, we released a model charter school law in 2009 with 20 essential components focused on creating and supporting high-quality charter schools. This report compares state laws over time… Continue reading Assessing the Increasing Strength of Charter School Laws: Third Edition

2015 State Legislative Session Highlights for Public Charter Schools

2015 has proved to be another successful year for public charter school legislation across the country. Some of the biggest developments of the 2015 state legislative sessions include: Alabama became the 43rd state to enact a public charter school law. Connecticut defeated a proposed two-year moratorium on opening of new charter schools. Indiana increased school autonomy, strengthened school… Continue reading 2015 State Legislative Session Highlights for Public 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 to allocate Title I funds to states and to traditional, geographically-based LEAs (hereafter referred to simply as traditional… Continue reading Issues in the Allocation of ESEA Title I Funds to Charter Schools

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