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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All Board Governance Resources

Charter School Financial Management Guide Toolkits25 May, 2016 This updated 2015 guide features planning tools for boards, highlighting important considerations.
Governance FAQs ToolkitsCharter Board Partners25 May, 2016 The Charter Board Partners has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about charter school boards. The publication provides clarifying information about the role of charter school… Read more
How Effective Are You as a Trustee? ToolkitsBoard on Track25 May, 2016 Board on Track’s self-reflection quiz is a tool for board members or trustees to self-evaluate his or her performance.
Open Meetings Pop Quiz ToolkitsBoard on Track25 May, 2016 Broad on Track provides a self-assessment for boards to use to evaluate their familiarity of their state’s open meeting law.
The Five Dysfunctions of Charter School Boards ToolkitsBrian Carpenter, National Charter Schools Institute25 May, 2016 Similar to other boards, charter school boards often have dysfunctions that make them inefficient and ineffective despite the good intentions of their board members. The National Charter… Read more
Charter School Civil Rights Checklist ToolkitsCivil Rights Solutions26 Feb, 2016 Use this checklist from Civil Rights Solutions to make sure your school is aware of and in compliance with federal civil rights laws.
Committee Charges Suite ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 Committees are the backbone of strong governance, and every committee needs a clear charge to define its work. This suite includes charges for six common charter school board committees:… Read more
Essential Ingredients of Good Bylaws ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 This tool provides great advice about creating strong bylaws from a lawyer with extensive experience advising charter school boards.  
Governance in the Charter School Sector: Time for a Reboot ReportsFordham Institute26 Feb, 2016 Over the course of its twenty-year history, American education and its charter school sector have evolved in important ways. School governance is not a topic that gets a lot of attention… Read more
Officer Job Descriptions Suite ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 To ensure that everyone is on the same page about the responsibilities of board leadership, Charter Board Partners has written job descriptions for the four charter school board officer… Read more