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Adapting Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic: How Charter Schools Spent ESSER Funding

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Congress created the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund to help support K-12 public schools in emergency situations. These funds were essential in helping schools to better adapt to students’ needs. This report explains how public charter schools allocated the funds—including but not limited to—academic… Continue reading Adapting Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic: How Charter Schools Spent ESSER Funding

An Overview of Charter School Alternative Education Campuses

Charter school Alternative Education Campuses (AECs) leverage the nimbleness of the charter school model to create unique learning opportunities nationwide for students who experience challenges that make it difficult to excel academically. Some of the challenges include homelessness, pregnancy, parenting while in school, or interaction with the juvenile justice system. These unique public schools serve… Continue reading An Overview of Charter School Alternative Education Campuses

The Charter School Community’s 2023 Federal Priorities

The start of a new Congress presents a fresh opportunity to unite and use our influence to help more families gain access to a school that fits their children’s needs. Research indicates parents want a high-quality education for their children. Students and communities also benefit when there are more options of where to attend school.… Continue reading The Charter School Community’s 2023 Federal Priorities

Fostering Charter School Growth Through State Loan and Grant Programs

Most state laws do not provide public charter schools with the full amount of state and local funding that other public schools receive. And many charter school leaders struggle to locate funds to build and or renovate facilities for students to attend school. Luckily, 13 states and Washington, D.C. enacted charter school loan programs to… Continue reading Fostering Charter School Growth Through State Loan and Grant Programs

The Charter School Community’s Education Priorities for 2021

The start of a new presidential administration with a new secretary of education and a new Congress offers the opportunity to refresh education policy while reaffirming our nation’s core values and commitments. As we work to emerge from a pandemic that has had severe implications for students, we must also look to the future, envisioning how to create and… Continue reading The Charter School Community’s Education Priorities for 2021

Unionized Charter Schools: Data from 2018-2019

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools collected data to determine the teacher’s union status of charter schools nationwide. Watch our recorded webinar with the National Alliance’s senior adviser and former union leader George Parker and CRPE for more. 

Unionized Charter Schools, 2016-17

In 2010, the National Alliance collected data to determine the teachers’ union status of every charter school nationwide. Prior to the release of the 2010 report, the number of unionized charter schools was largely unknown. In the years since the 2010 report, union votes at several charter schools in Illinois, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. received… Continue reading Unionized Charter Schools, 2016-17

School District Facilities and Charter Public Schools

One of the greatest challenges to the health of the charter public school movement is access to adequate facilities in which to operate. Charter school facilities are rarely funded on par with school district facilities. Over the years, more states have come to realize that they have an obligation to ensure that children in all… Continue reading School District Facilities and Charter Public Schools

Backfilling in Charter Schools

Backfilling is the practice of enrolling new students in a charter public school when students leave the school. It can apply to students who enroll in the middle of the school year (e.g., a school chooses to enroll a new 3rd grade student to replace one who leaves in the middle of the academic year)… Continue reading Backfilling in Charter Schools

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