New Report Busts Myths About Charter Authorizing
March 22, 2019

A new report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), “Reinvigorating the Pipeline: Insights into Proposed and Approved Charter Schools,” analyzes 3,000 charter school applications submitted to authorizers and reveals common misconceptions about charter school authorization. This research, which has been in the works for two years, looks at 20 states and explores and debunks commons myths and critiques.  

Through infographics, the report presents easy-to-digest data focused on three main topics: school models, operator types, and external supports.

The main takeaway: some commonly-held beliefs aren’t supported by the data.

In a call to action, NACSA CEO Greg Richmond explains that in conjunction with Public Impact his team began reviewing applications to better understand what was being proposed across the country and shed additional light on charter school growth and quality.

“For one, the charter school pipeline is more diverse—by operator type, by educational model, and from state to state—than most people realize. This diversity of educational approaches may be the biggest surprise, but I encourage you to read on, as there were more surprises related to how much support proposals receive, which models are proposed most frequently, and more.”

For advocates working in this space, the report is definitely worth the read. Interested in connecting with the NACSA team for more details? Reach out for an introduction.  

Evy Valencia Jackson

Evy is a consultant for the PIE Network and a National Fellow at 50CAN.

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