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starWelcome to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers' Website!

appleBuilding Excellence in Charter School Authorizing. Join NACSA Members in a dialogue about DRAFT Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. Sign up for a teleconference discussion.

Read the first in our series of Issue Briefs addressing key authorizer issues,When It Really Matters: Charter Renwal Decisions at the State University of New York.

Our Critical Design Issues for Charter School Authorizers guides the development of comprehensive authorizer practices through a series of issues, illustrations and case studies.†

apple Applying for Excellence: Fostering High-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 application process.

appleSpecial 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 authorizerís oversight role in ensuring that charter schools are appropriately addressing the educational needs of students with disabilities.

apple NACSA Annual Conference. Thanks to all who participated in the 2003 Annual Conference. Click here for a debriefing. Mark your calendars for October 25-26, 2004, in Philadelphia, PA (Wyndham at Franklin Plaza).

appleCurrent Issue:
1.†Private Resources for Public Education through Charters
2. NCLB Update: School Transfer Provisions
3.†State Charter Policy News: Authorizer Accountability in California†
4. 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 25, 2004 - Oct 26, 2004
Mar 27, 2004 - Mar 28, 2004
National Conference on Charter Schools: Trends and Policy Issues
Mar 29, 2004 - Mar 31, 2004
California Charter Schools Conference
Apr 26, 2004 - Apr 27, 2004
From Whole School to Whole System Reform
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