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

Job Descriptions for Officers PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 These sample job descriptions for officers are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Samples are available for board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and… Read more
Sample Individual Trustee Appraisal PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 This sample individual trustee appraisal is provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. The self-appraisal asks individuals to rate their own expectations… Read more
Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governance Boards ReportsNational Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance26 Sep, 2011 The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance makes a compelling case to focus on governing boards: most charter school closures are a result of challenges to… Read more
Developing Training Programs for Charter School Governing Board Members: A Promising Practice Profile ReportsNational Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance06 Sep, 2011 Through examination of innovative practices in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Minnesota, this guide outlines essential elements in the development of a strong charter school governing board.
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