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NACSA Annual Conference. Our 5th Annual Conference was another great success. Click here for session overviews and other highlights of our conference. Mark your calendars now for October 23-24, 2006 in San Diego, CA.

Strategic Plan Update. Implementation of NACSA’s five-year strategic plan is underway. Click here to learn more about our National Advisory Panels and about our future work in Priority States.

Building Excellence in Charter School Authorizing. Follow the progress of our federally-funded program of research and technical assistance in support of quality charter school authorizing.

  • View the 2005 Revised Edition of the Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. A complement to this publication is the Authorizer Self-Evaluation Instruments.
  • Read the latest in our series of Issue Briefs addressing key authorizer issues: Steering the Course for Success: Authorizers and Effective Charter School Governance. Read the second of our Policy Briefs: Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals in Charter Schools: A Guide for Charter School Authorizers.
  • Consult our Critical Design Issues for Charter School Authorizers, which guides the development of comprehensive authorizer practices through a series of issues, illustrations and case studies.

Applying for Excellence: Fostering Quality Charter Schools in California. NACSA is collaborating with leading California authorizers to translate the experience of active authorizers into leadership and practical resources that will help newer California authorizers implement a sound petition process.

Special Education. Our Reference Guide to Special Education Law for Charter School Authorizers seeks to bring greater clarity to the key elements of federal special education law and regulation and the authorizer’s oversight role in ensuring that charter schools are appropriately addressing the educational needs of students with disabilities.

Current Issue:
1. The State's Role in Charter School Accountability
2. Statewide Charter Authorizing Collaborations
3. NACSA Noteworthy

Our Mission:

NACSA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Our mission is to promote the establishment and operation of quality charter schools through responsible oversight in the public interest. We believe that charter schools can improve public education by increasing educational opportunities for students and educators and increasing educational accountability for all public schools.

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Oct 23, 2006 - Oct 24, 2006
Feb 28, 2006 - Mar 3, 2006
2006 National Charter Schools Conference
Mar 16, 2006 - Mar 18, 2006
New York Charter Schools Conference

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