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

SUNY Fiscal Templates ToolkitsCharter School Growth23 Sep, 2016 SUNY’s collection of fiscal resources includes charter revision, renewal financial, and annual budget and audit templates for charter school boards.  
Webinar Video Series: Fiscal Oversight by Charter School Board of Trustees Webinar15 Sep, 2016 This comprehensive webinar hosted by NYSED addresses internal controls for charter schools, basic fiscal literacy for boards, creating a financial dashboard, and mitigating fiscal risk. The… Read more
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Webinar: I Just Joined a Charter School Board…Now What? Webinar15 Sep, 2016 Please take a few minutes to read the case study "The Closure of Rising Star Public Charter School" before the webinar, as we referred to it during the webinar.  Presenters: Charter Board… Read more
Charter Board Governing Basics ToolkitsBoard On Track, ExED25 May, 2016 This toolkit provides best practices of financial oversight with primers covering roles and responsibilities and general financial management.
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.