Below is a list of external resources that can help you get started and/or provide relevant information as you prepare to open and/or operate your charter school or charter school network.
The Center for Education Reform’s Directory of Charter School Resources by State, which includes state charter school associations and state departments of education.
Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). BAEO’s mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families.
Center for Education Reform. The Center for Education Reform drives the creation of better educational opportunities for all children by leading parents, policymakers and the media in boldly advocating for school choice, advancing the charter school movement, and challenging the education establishment.
Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF). The Charter School Growth Fund is a social venture investment fund founded in 2005. Its mission is to make value-added grants and loans for the development and expansion of high quality charter management and support organizations.
Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO). Hispanic CREO's mission is to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic children by empowering families through parental choice in education. Hispanic CREO provides parents with free information and resources, which help them to become advocates for their children.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Its goal is to increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, particularly in disadvantaged communities that lack access to quality public schools.
National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). NACSA is a professional organization of authorizers and other education leaders who work to achieve quality public charter schools. NACSA provides information and services to authorizers across the country and the organization supports school system leaders who are interested in applying best practices from charter schools in their own systems.
NewSchools Venture Fund. NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy firm that seeks to transform public education – especially for children in underserved communities – by supporting education entrepreneurs and connecting their work to systems change.
The Walton Family Foundation’s Public Charter School Initiative. The Walton Family Foundation’s Public Charter School Initiative aims to increase the number of children who have access to high-quality public charter schools. The Foundation focuses its support on 30 urban school districts and Arkansas.