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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 from Margaret dos Santos from Teaneck Community Charter School
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.

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 $100 million in proven or suspected public tax funds lost to waste, fraud, and abuse, 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.


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New Report: Charter School Fraud Could Be Costing CA taxpayers $81 million

The findings from the Center for Popular Democracy add more fuel to debate around charter school accountability and oversight.


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