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Charter Schools

NEA is committed to advocating on behalf of educators, parents and students in charter schools that help drive innovative educational practices that can be reproduced broadly in schools across the nation. At the same time, we believe that ALL public schools must be held accountable to the same high standards of transparency and equity to ensure the success of all students.



About Charters


Charter Schools 101
The what, why and how of charters schools.

4 Features That Make A Great Charter School
All charter schools should operate in a manner that is transparent, accountable and equitable to ensure a quality education for students.

Meet the Teachers and ESPs Who Work in Charter Schools
Read what these charter school educators love about their job and what union membership means to them.


Policy and Research

Public Accountability for Charter Schools

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University released a set of standards for public charter schools aimed at ensuring accountability, transparency and equity. The report calls for the Annenberg standards to be implemented in state and charter authorizer policies that would better serve all students and protect the public’s investment in public education.

The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

This report from the Center for Popular Democracy brings into focus some of the consequences of having poor to nonexistent oversight of many charter schools. The report exposes over $200 million in confirmed and alleged  financial fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in charter schools, and highlights the need for increased transparency and accountability to ensure ALL students can attend great schools that meet their needs. This report covers the overall landscape and will be followed by reports on individual states.

 

Current Members

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LATEST NEWS

Malloy Signs Charter School Transparency Bill

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation increasing charter schools' transparency under the Freedom of Information Act.


MORE CHARTER NEWS

Read additional charter school stories on EdVotes.org.