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 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
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.
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.
- Over $30 Million in Proven or Suspected Fraud Exposed in Pennsylvania's Charter School Industry
- Charter School Fraud Estimated at $54 Million in New York
- $27.7 Million Charter School Fraud Estimated in Illinois in 2014 Alone
- Charter School Fraud Could Be Costing California Taxpayers More Than $81 Million
- System Failure: Louisiana's Broken Charter School Law
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After conducting a financial analysis of thousands of pages of documents, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) claims that, within the last 20 years, the federal government has spent $3.3 billion on charter schools but cannot account for which charters got taxpayer money or how those public dollars were spent.
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