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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.

Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Public funding for charter schools (including local, state, and federal expenditures) is now more than $30 billion annually. Despite this tremendous investment of public dollars to charter schools, and despite previous reports documenting gross financial mismanagement, government at all levels has still failed to implement systems that proactively monitor these schools for waste, fraud, and abuse. This new report from Center for Popular Democracy documents that, absent this monitoring, the total waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement of charter school funds has now reached more than $216 million. Download the full report here ( PDF, 1.1 MB, 52 pgs.)

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 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.

Plans for how to address low-performing public schools differ in critical ways. Corporate-backed initiatives seek to remove local control of schools and favor the privatization of public education; proponents of community schools believe parents, teachers, and communities are the greatest assets in restoring strong educational outcomes.

State Takeovers of Low-Performing Schools: A Record of Academic Failure, Financial Mismanagement & Student Harm

This report from Center for Popular Democracy discusses the consequences and failures of "takeover districts," in which schools that are deemed to be “chronically failing” are removed from the local school district and placed in a statewide district with a separate governance structure. By removing local control and oversight, “takeover districts” become far less transparent and accountable to the public. 


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Malloy Signs Charter School Transparency Bill

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


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