Our movement is now 43 states strong. We welcome the states of Washington and Maine this past year to our family. Yes, we are a close community and so we should be as we work to innovate and elevate the quality of the public education system for our children across these United States. This movement should not be about just what is happening within each of our state boundaries but rather the opportunity to share best practices and what is working to increase the quality of the student achievement portfolio nationwide. Charter school quality really encompasses five key pillars: student achievement, governance, leadership, operations and finance. While at the foundation of each of these pillars lies the mission and school culture of that chartered school.
Now, in order for chartered schools to be most successful, we know they need the flexibility to innovate not just with a mission responsive curriculum and pedagogy but with flexibility in structure and operations too, for example, extending the school day. The autonomy and accountability parameters are a delicate balance but critical to the success of that chartered school. Chartered schools are held accountable for their performance via their “charter”, the contract they hold with their authorizer. Please review the National Association of Charter School Authorizers Policy below:
We are proud to partner with NACSA and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools at WCSA as we move forward in our advocacy efforts to overhaul our charter school law and work to promote an environment within our chartered school movement in Wisconsin and ultimately the national chartered school movement that balances the rigor with autonomy, and represents the interests of ALL parties. We fully understand that when authorizers do their jobs well, charter schools succeed and when charter schools succeed, CHILDREN SUCCEED!!
Please join WCSA in Madison next Thursday for our Advocacy Day Event. You will not want to miss former State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge’s Keynote Speech as she shares with us her journey to get the first charter school law passed in the country. Also, Todd Ziebarth from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will give us an overview of the Model Law and why Wisconsin ranks 37thout of 43 states on its rankings. Don’t miss it!
Your partner in the charter school movement,