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 Governing Board Training Handbook ToolkitsRandy DeHoff 11 Aug, 2011 The purpose of this guide is to equip present and future board members with the knowledge they need to fulfill their duties, as board leadership is a key component in successful charter… Read more
Center for Charter Schools Offers 'Board Gear' ToolkitsCenter for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University23 Mar, 2010 Developed by the Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, this online resource includes a wide range of materials to assist leaders at the schools it authorizes, with a… Read more
Good to Govern: Evaluating the Capacity of Charter School Founding Boards ReportsNational Association of Charter School Authorizers23 Feb, 2010 This National Association of Charter School Authorizers issue brief identifies key characteristics of effective founding charter school boards and provides guidelines to evaluate their… Read more
A Fresh Look at Diversity and Boards PublicationJan Masaoka, Board Cafe14 Nov, 2009 This article, the first in a three-part series written by Jan Masaoka for Blue Avocado, takes a careful look at a diversity and nonprofit boards. Masaoka lays out the reasons in support of… Read more
Creating and Sustaining High-Quality Charter School Governing Boards ReportsNational Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance 01 Nov, 2008 This guide examines the laws, policies, and programs that states are using to create and sustain high-quality public charter school governing boards. The authors provide policy options… Read more
Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Abridged) ToolkitsCharter Friends National Network01 Aug, 2000 This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training… Read more
Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Full Version) ToolkitsCharter Friends National Network01 Aug, 2000 This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training… Read more