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Date October 21, 2002 - October 22, 2002
Time 8:30 am
Location La Mansión del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
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    You are invited to attend a national conference uniquely dedicated to strengthening the work of charter school authorizers:

National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Conference, October 21-22, 2002, La Mansión del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Our Conference Overview and Agenda provides an overview of the session schedule followed by the complete agenda with session descriptions and facilitators. 


The schedule features 25 different workshops and discussion roundtables focused on charter school authorizing practices (including oversight and evaluation) and related research and policy developments.

Workshops and roundtable discussions will be highly interactive and several will give specific attention to how the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) will affect charter schools and authorizers.  Workshops will be structured around practical problem-solving and case-study exercises, facilitated by experienced authorizers and expert consultants.


Dr. Howard Fuller, Director, Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University; Chair, Charter School Review Committee, Milwaukee Common Council and former Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools


Like our concurrent breakout sessions, our two plenary sessions will be highly participatory and are intended to generate thoughtful discussion about where charter schools are in their development, where they are headed, and what the authorizer's role can be in advancing the growth and development of quality charter schools.

  • Revisiting the Charter Compact:  Are Charter Schools Giving and Getting What was Promised?

          ModeratorChester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

           CommentatorsBryan Hassel, President, Public Impact; Ember Reichgott Junge, Consultant and Attorney, The General Counsel, Ltd. and former Minnesota State Senator; Michael Petrilli, Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary William Hansen, U.S. Department of Education; Onnie Shekerjian, Vice President, Arizona State Charter School Board

  • Charter Schools as an Opportunity and Strategy to Advance Broader School Reform

          ModeratorJohn Ayers , Executive Director, Leadership for Quality Education

          Commentators:   Libia Gil, Chief Academic Officer, New American Schools and former Superintendent, Chula Vista (CA) School District; Andrew Rotherham , Director, 21st Century Schools Project, Progressive Policy Institute and former White House Education Advisor; Charles Zogby, Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania

Location and Travel

The conference will be held at La Mansión del Rio, San Antonio, Texas, a historic hotel on San Antonio’s recreational River Walk. See to learn more.

NACSA conference participants will receive a special rate of $129/night for a king room ($149 for double occupancy) for the nights of October 20-22, 2002.  To reserve, call the hotel directly at 1-800-292-7300 and request a room in the National Association of Charter School Authorizers conference block.

Hotel Information:

La Mansión del Rio Hotel
112 College Street
San Antonio, TX 78205


Discounts on American Airlines and AVIS Rent-A-Car

We have arranged the following discounts for NACSA Conference Participants traveling to the conference on American Airlines, valid during the dates October 19-25, 2002: 5% off the lowest published fare (excluding Internet fares) or 10% off the lowest published fare (excluding Internet fares) if booked and paid 60 days prior to October 19.  To benefit from one of these discounts, call American Airlines at 1-800-433-1790 and mention the code 'NACSA A60H2AS.'

The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is D806738. Please use this AWD when calling 1-800-331-1600 to receive the best possible car rental rates available.  Discounted rates will be available for NACSA Conference attendees from October 12 to November 1, 2002.  Attendees can also make reservations online at


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