This issue of The State Education Standard offers a timely, thoughtful look at the role of state boards of education in public charter schooling. Authors in this issue urge state boards—24 of which have some authority to authorize charter schools—to think more systematically about how charter schools fit into their overall vision for education and offer guardrails for decision making.
Charter Schools: The Landscape and the Horizon
Although still a small share of public education, the sector is growing, and several challenges loom ahead.
By Bryan Hassel
Encouraging Districts and Charters to Link Arms to Solve Problems
District-charter collaboration can help turn around low-performing district schools and increase charter quality.
By Robin Lake
Vive la Difference: What It Means for State Boards to Embrace Two Models for Public Education
Two systems for delivering public education, two systems for state accountability.
By Andy Smarick
Charter Schools and Democratic Accountability
There can be no strong accountability at charter schools without strong oversight of public officials.
By Jeffrey R. Henig
Who Watches the Watchers? How States Evaluate Charter School Authorizers
More state boards and departments are getting serious about authorizer accountability.
By Nelson Smith
A Smarter Direction for Charter Schools
Teacher voice and a focus on diversity are key to fulfilling the promise of charters.
By Rick Kahlenberg and Halley Potter
Charter Schools: A Critical Appraisal
By staying engaged in charter oversight, state boards can ensure that these schools improve their record for equity and excellence. By Samuel Henry