CCSA Joins Nationwide Call for Closure of Under-Performing Charter Schools

December 19, 2012

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The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) issued the challenge as its new membership survey shows the closure rate for charters in renewal has doubled from year to year but is still leaving far too many schools among the lowest performers, according to state accountability data. As a result, too many children still do not have access to a quality education.

As part of the challenge, NACSA launched its "One Million Lives" campaign, designed to provide better schools to one million children by opening more good charter schools and closing more failing charter schools.

"This year as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the charter school movement, California charters experienced another spike in momentum with 109 schools opening as parents and communities across the state turn to charter schools in ever-greater numbers," said Jed Wallace, CCSA's president and CEO.

"However, we cannot truly have the impact charters were intended to have - to reinvent public education - if we do not close those charters that have demonstrated an inability to meet the challenge of excellence and chronically underperform. CCSA applauds NACSA for its One Million Lives campaign and its goals to encourage effective authorizing, to grow the number of high quality charters across the country and to close those charters that are failing. The time to act is now if the charter movement is to continue to rebuild trust in the public education system by providing high quality public school options for all kids," continued Wallace.

CCSA has been a leader in charter school accountability. In 2011, for the first time, the association publicly called for the non-renewal of 10 under-performing California charter schools. Four have since closed and three were given only one year extensions with clear performance benchmarks. Learn more about CCSA's accountability work.

NACSA Press Release: A CALL FOR QUALITY: NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZERS GROUP SAYS MORE FAILING SCHOOLS MUST CLOSE FOR REFORM TO FULLY SUCCEED

Watch the full press conference video.

Read news coverage of the announcement.

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