The Center for Education
This Washington DC-based advocacy organization serves as an information resource and a media watchdog for reporting on charter school issues. You can sign up for a weekly e-mail “newswire” to stay up to date. And if you’re thinking about starting your own charter school, review their introductory toolkit (pdf). There are lots of resources on the site, but be patient, as it sometimes loads slowly.
Center for Reinventing Public Education
CRPE is an advocacy and policy-research organization based in Seattle, WA. Its commitment to sharing research widely means that all of its nearly 300 publications are available free for download. Of particular interest are the Urban District Reform Project and Teachers, Teacher Quality and Human Capital Project.
Collaborative for High Performing Schools
The Collaborative is focused on improving school facilities and takes a broad view of those facilities’ roles in their communities. In addition to free webinars and other training events, CHPS offers signed-in users a variety of downloadable assessment tools, a product database, and a useful Best Practices Manual.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance site provides an enormous repository of data broken out by state, school district and even individual charter school. They’ve also got a tidy FAQ and a useful glossary of charter-specific lingowhere you can learn the difference between a CSO, EMO and CMO. Keep up with the latest news and advocacy work on their blog.
National Association of Independent Schools
NAIS is a membership organization of 1400 independent schools. Among its wealth of resources are a guideand newsletter for trustees and a fantastic series on several facets of school sustainability, among them financial, demographic, environmental and programmatic. Many more resources are available to member schools.
National Charter Schools Institute
The Institute provides consulting services to charter schools with a particular focus on board policy, governance and leadership development as well as strategic planning.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Whether you’re concerned about safety or environmental efficiency, NCEF has your school’s physical plant covered with the latest news and guidance on best practices. Their publications cover a wide range of topics, from what to do if you find mold in your school to planning a fundraising campaign.
National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance
The name says it all. The resource center provides an exhaustive list of resources including strategy guides, research on major issues and a review of state policies. Especially useful and practical offerings for charter school operators are the Revenue Planning Tool(pdf) and a Cost Estimation Tool(pdf). And don’t miss theinvaluable searchable database for federal funding opportunities.
US Charter Schools
This site provides a useful roundup of state by state laws governing charter schools. Also included is anexpansive list of articles and research reports and a helpful guide for navigating regulations and opportunities around No Child Left Behind.
U.S. Department of Education
The federal government’s resource-rich website for educators, parents, and school administrators alike. It offers official policy documents on K-12 issues and links to in-depth reference materials like Doing WhatWorks. There’s even a blog, updated several times a day, with education news and local stories from around the country.