From the Publisher
Nearly two decades after Minnesota passed the first charter law in America, over 4,000 charter schools today serve roughly 1.4 million students, about 3 percent of the entire public school population. Families continue to clamor for more charter schools, lining up on long waiting lists for the chance to enroll their children. Today, a new set of challenges confronts the charter school sector. While charter schooling remains one of the nation’s most promising efforts to produce more excellent public schools, especially for low-income and minority students, the question is now one of expansion. How can donors help take the best of the charter sector to scale—while at the same time maintaining high standards of quality? To address these evolving questions, The Philanthropy Roundtable commissioned this guidebook.
This guidebook offers donors—both new entrants and experienced veterans—the best ideas about the most effective ways they can support a high-quality charter school sector, both in their communities and across the country. It distills the best advice from pioneering donors in the field, while surveying the current landscape, most effective programs, and opportunities for charter school donors intent on scaling-with-excellence.