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Appendix B: Resources
The U.S. Charter Schools Web site provides a wide range of
information and links to resources to guide charter schools in every phase of
their development—from startup, to expansion, to renewal. The site includes
a national calendar of events and a community-exchange feature.
The Center for Education Reform provides up-to-date reports
on charter schools and choice activity around the country. The Web site links
to “fast facts” and resources designed with parents in mind. A searchable
database identifies resources and schools in each state.
The Education Commission of the States includes both charter
schools and charter districts as issue topics on its Web site. An interesting
recent development in the charter movement is charter districts—in which
all or most of the schools are charter or contract schools. The Nuts and Bolts
of Charter Districts is a four-part ECS series that looks at policy options
for state leaders, design issues faced by district leaders, funding issues, and
the new central office for charter districts.
Education|Evolving is a Minnesota organization working to
help create and sustain an “Open Sector” in public education—a
“space” in public education for new schools that are started from
scratch by teachers, parents, community organizations, and multi-school networks.
A January 2004 report discusses how district leaders can support the new-schools
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation provides links to major studies
and to over 50 other organizations’ Web sites in the areas of charter schools
The Charter School Leadership Council is a coalition of seven
national organizations committed to advancing the charter school movement. In
addition to serving as a link to these organizations and to charter policy information,
the council’s Web site lists state-level contacts for charter school information.
The Charter School Experience is a good introductory
resource for people wanting to understand chartering. Several national charter-supporting
organizations joined forces to produce this brochure, published in 2002 by America’s
Charter School Finance Corporation. The brochure is available online in English
Charter Starters, a set of leadership training materials
published by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, consists of five workbooks,
a training guide, and a profile of charter school leadership needs. Specific topics
include start-up logistics, regulatory issues, assessment and accountability,
governance and management, and community relations.
The Office of Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department
of Education operates the Public Charter Schools Program, which supports the planning,
development, and initial implementation of charter schools. Other grants target
support for charter school facilities.