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

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
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.  
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
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
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
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.
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
CSO Master Class: School Leadership Development Event08 Feb, 2016 State-based charter support organizations (CSOs) are leading and innovating practices in their states to serve high-performing charter schools. School operators look to CSOs to help with… Read more