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Authorizers Are Key to Equity Efforts: Takeaways from The Century Foundation's Report

Tuesday, August 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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As public schools with the flexibility to do things differently, charter schools have the unique potential to meet the particular needs and interests of their individual communities when it comes to ensuring equitable and accessible classrooms. A recent report by the Century Foundation examines charter school policies that support equity, and while the foundation uses a unique lens with an eye towards integration, most of the policies lauded are really about ensuring fairness and access for all. In other words, are parents who want to send their children to a high-quality school—whether they prefer a diverse student body or an ethnically homogenous one—able to do so and get what their students needs to thrive?

Building protections for vulnerable students and families into the law is central to ensuring all students access public schools that prepare them for success in life. That’s why in the coming months, NACSA’s policy team will begin exploring issues of access and equity in states’ charter laws and provide data, guidance, and examples of how different states approach these issues.

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