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NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools - Embracing higher standards, more accountability and increased local control, delegates to the 2001 NEA Representative Assembly adopted a charter school policy designed to provide all students attending public charter schools with quality education. The policy, written by a special committee of NEA leaders and educators including charter school teachers, sets forth criteria and guidelines for charter school laws.

Charter Schools (ECS) - The Education Commission of the States' charter school issues page, which provides links to a database of state policies and pro-charter research and policy briefs.

Education and the Public Interest Center (EPIC) - The Education and the Public Interest Center (EPIC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder partners with the Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU) and the Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU) at Arizona State University to produce policy briefs and think tank reviews. EPIC and EPRU also created, in 2007, the Education Policy Alliance, a nationwide network of university-based research centers and organizations.

Reports
Charter Ranking Roulette: An Analysis of Reports That Grade States’ Charter School Laws (2007) - An analysis of the different ranking systems, including a new approach developed to illustrate the arbitrariness of any given ranking system and to highlight some key charter school issues. EPIC

Charter Schools' Performance and Accountability: A Disconnect  (2005) - This comprehensive review of national and state charter school evaluations shows that charter schools are rarely held accountable and, in general, perform no better than traditional public schools. EPIC

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) - This is a nonprofit membership association of educational agencies across the country that promote the establishment and operation of quality charter schools through responsible oversight in the public interest. Although some materials are available to members only, the organization's principles and standards for quality charter authorizing, as well as policy briefs that reflect the positions of charter advocates, are available online, and other publications are available for a shipping and handling fee.

National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education - The Center provides independent, non-partisan information on and analysis of privatization in education. The Center's program includes research, evaluation, conferences, publications, and dissemination on a full range of issues regarding privatization of education from pre-school to higher education, both national and international.

Office of Innovation and Improvement (DOE) This Office in the Department of Education administers the Public Charter Schools Program, which supports the planning, development and initial implementation of charter schools; and the Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program and the State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program, both of which help charter schools secure facilities. It also issues reports, program guidance, and policy letters.