Charter Applications: 3 Suggested Improvements

The Learning Collective has evaluated over 100 charter school applications in states across the country. These are three areas in which many applicants need to improve:

  1. Prospective board members are often uninformed on the particulars of the proposed school’s education program.
  2. Many individuals relatively new to the charter world underestimate the time commitment necessary to be a successful charter school board member. Volunteering on a charter school board requires significantly more time than volunteering on another type of non-profit board.
  3. Many proposed school leaders only have experiences running schools in traditional public school settings. Running, for example, an independent charter school with no centralized support is running a school and non-profit business simultaneously. This can often be a shock to traditional public school leaders once a school launches and contributes significantly to high leader turnover in charter schools’ early years.