Board Governance

As the school’s governing body, the board of trustees is legally responsible for the academic, financial, and operational quality of the charter school. Given the centrality of autonomy to charter schools, the board is integral to the proper oversight of schools. The National Charter School Resource Center leverages the existing body of knowledge to offer best practices and tools to enable charter schools to establish and maintain an effective board.

Featured Board Governance Resources

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“A Synthesis of Research on Charter School Facilities” examines the…
Reports | 06 Oct, 2020
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools Part 1: The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers
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Indicators of Distress and What They Mean in the Charter Sector: A Webinar for Charter Sector Stakeholders Introducing…
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The Death Spiral: Identifying Early Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools (A Conversation with Authorizers)

All Board Governance Resources

September 2017 Newsletter Newsletters18 Sep, 2017 Tracking Outcomes Beyond School Several strong Charter Management Organizations have significantly increased the proportion of their students who complete a four-year college degree after… Read more
August 2017 Newsletter Newsletters17 Aug, 2017 Case Study on Valor Collegiate Academies The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) produced a case study on Valor Collegiate Academies, an intentionally diverse charter management… Read more
Webinar: Recruitment for Governing Boards Webinar27 Feb, 2017 This webinar, Recruitment for Governing Boards, is presented by the Colorado League of Charter Schools and Charter Board Partners. Having the right skills, experiences, perspectives, and… Read more
Webinar: Charter School Board’s Role in Oversight Webinar23 Feb, 2017 This webinar, Charter School Board’s Role in Oversight, is presented by the Colorado League of Charter Schools and Charter Board Partners. Boards have a responsibility to ensure their… Read more
Top Ten Reasons to Join a Charter School Board ToolkitsCharter Board Partners07 Feb, 2017 Here are the top ten reasons to join a charter school board, according to Charter Board Partners.  
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A User’s Guide to Fiscal Oversight for Charter School Governing Boards and Authorizers ToolkitsSuzie Kim & Paul O'Neill30 Sep, 2016 The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, presents two toolkits to foster proper fiscal oversight of charter schools. One toolkit is… Read more
Charter School Boards in the Nation’s Capital ReportsJuliet Squire and Allison Crean Davis30 Sep, 2016 Tens of thousands of individuals across the United States volunteer their time, energy, and expertise as members of charter school boards. Yet as the charter sector has grown, we’ve learned… Read more
Financial Management ToolkitsCharter School Growth23 Sep, 2016 Charter School Tools has compiled a comprehensive set of resources on financial management including audit checklists, sample expense reports, and sample finance guidelines.
Fiscal Policies and Procedures Handbook ToolkitsCharter School Growth23 Sep, 2016 A sample policies and procedures handbook that boards can use to create policies and procedures.
Protect Your Nonprofit's Tax Exempt Status ToolkitsCharter School Growth23 Sep, 2016 The National Council of Nonprofits provides a summary of the “hot button” issues that should be on your radar screen and links to resources about protecting and maintaining tax-exempt… Read more