Our series of videos – Charter School Governance: The Essential Guide – is designed to provide a high-level overview, supported by specific examples from actual schools, of the responsibilities, opportunities and obligations of serving as a public charter school board member. Below you’ll find a collection of high-quality resources to support your journey as a charter school board member.
- Cornell-Feist. Board Structure: A Guide to Bylaws, Officers, Committees, Responsibilities and More for Exceptional Charter Schools
- Carver, John and Caroline Oliver. Corporate Boards That Create Value: Governing Company Performance from the Boardroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
- Carver, John and Miriam. Reinventing Your Board: a Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance.(Rev. ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
- Carver, Miriam and Bill Charney. The Board Member’s Playbook: Using Policy Governance to Solve Problems, Make Decisions, and Build a Stronger Board. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
- Bain, Neville and Roger Barker. The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success. London: The Institute of Directors, 2010.
- Carpenter, Brian. The Effective Charter School Board: Leaving a Legacy That Matters. Somewhat Useful Productions, LLC, 2018.
- Chait, Richard, William Ryan, and Barbara Taylor. Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
- Masaoka, Jan. The Best of the Board Café: Hands-On Solutions for Nonprofit Boards (2nd ed.). Saint Paul: CompassPoint, 2009.
- Oliver, Caroline, et al., eds. Getting Started with Policy Governance: Bringing Purpose, Integrity and Efficiency to Your Board.
- Caroline Oliver, Mike Conduff, et.al. The Policy Governance Fieldbook: Practical Lessons, Tips, and Tools from the Experiences of Real-World Boards. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
- Featured Board Governance Resources from the National Charter School Resource Center
- Charter School Board Governance Best Practices from The Barney Charter School Initiative
- Board Structure: A Guide To Bylaws, Officers And More! by Marci Cornell-Feist
- Edunomics Lab is a Georgetown University research center exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions to inform education policy and practice
- Charter School Facility Refinancing Guide & Toolkit
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100% ($225,000.00) of this project was funded by Federal CSP Grant dollars; 0% ($0.00) of this report/event is funded by non-governmental sources; total cost $225,000.00.
ABOUT THE FEDERAL CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Authorized by title V, part B, subpart 1 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, Public Law 114-95), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the federal Charter School Program (CSP) provides funding to State Entities with the purpose “to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend public charter schools and meet challenging State academic standards; provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States; evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities; share best practices between charter schools and other public schools; encourage States to provide facilities support to charter schools; and support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.”