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

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
Standards for Effective Charter School Governance ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 Charter Board Partners’ standards for effective governance are widely used and highly acclaimed by charter school boards. They clearly outline the core responsibilities of charter school… Read more
Succession Planning in CMOs: Report and Case Studies ReportsBill and Melinda Gates Foundation26 Feb, 2016 This report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation details the importance of succession planning for charter management organizations (CMOs), shares the key components of succession… Read more
Succession Planning in CMOs: Worksheet ToolkitsBill and Melinda Gates Foundation26 Feb, 2016 This tool offers a sample information and contact inventory worksheet to accompany the interactive Succession Planning Tool for charter management organizations from the Bill & Melinda… Read more
Top 10 Mistakes Charter School Boards Make ToolkitsBoard on Track26 Feb, 2016 Charter school board members have lots of questions about their roles and responsibilities. They can learn a bit of what NOT to do from this insightful piece about mistakes that charter… Read more
Top 10 Tips for Being a Great Board Chair ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 Great boards need great board chairs. This tool offers top tips for new (and veteran) board chairs on leading effectively.  
Turning Passion Into Action: Unlocking Your Board's Fundraising Potential ToolkitsSafal Partners26 Feb, 2016 "Turning Passion into Action: Unlocking Your Board's Fundraising Potential" was a presentation given at the National Charter Schools Conference, 2015 by Safal Partners. Among the… Read more