The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter school movement. The National Alliance is the only national organization focused on GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY, and PROTECTION of all charter schools. We are working to increase the number of students who can attend high-quality charter schools to 5 MILLION students by 2027.
Underperforming schools are often located in underserved communities. Every child should have an equal opportunity to a great public education, not just those who are lucky to live in affluent neighborhoods where the schools are better. Charter schools have demonstrated that the achievement gap between Black, Latino, and white students can be closed. Charter schools have shown impressive results in serving students from all backgrounds, and parental demand for more charter schools is at an all-time high. There simply is no other education model that works as well as a high-performing charter school when serving students who have struggled academically or are members of underrepresented communities.
Charter schools do an excellent job at educating students who have struggled in other school settings. In return for the flexibility and autonomy to design and implement classroom instruction, charter schools must provide quality, accountability, and transparency – not only to the state and authorizing entity, but most importantly to the parents and communities the school serves. A 2020 study from the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University using “the nation’s report card” data found that students attending charter schools made greater academic gains from 2005 to 2017 than students attending district-operated schools, with the most significant gains for Black students and low-income students. And a 2017 study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that charter schools have become stronger over time in terms of growth and academic performance. Additionally, charter schools outperformed U.S. averages and demonstrated students are prepared to compete with students across the world in reading, math, and science. Charter schools have advanced some of our nation's most innovative public school models and are consistently providing students with a high-quality education, and by doing so, charter schools raise the bar for all schools and students, making that community, state, and the country more competitive in the global marketplace.
Parents who seek charter schools are drawn to these schools for very different and specific reasons, often rooted in finding a school that fits their children’s unique learning needs. Some schools focus on college prep, some follow a STEM curriculum, and others integrate the arts into each subject. All are focused on the student and their unique learning needs. The pandemic drove parents to explore different education models and find schools that are the best fit for their children. That’s because charter schools’ nimbleness and flexibility were especially on display during the pandemic. Public Impact found that during the initial pandemic-related school closures in the spring of 2020, charter school networks and single sites established online learning that mimicked typical school days and that maintained structure for students and prioritized student health and well-being through family outreach and support.
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