Providing high-quality and equitable learning opportunities should be a primary goal of all schools and school systems. Charter schools comprise the most steadily growing sector of Pennsylvania’s public education system, now home to over 160 brick-and-mortar charter schools. As with all public schools—given the right conditions—the charter sector can offer promise as a mechanism for reducing inequity.
RFA’s Equity-Focused Charter School Authorizing Toolkit, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, includes 15 custom-made tools and examples of best practices from around the country for how Pennsylvania’s school district authorizers can work together with charter schools to promote equitable access. The tools and strategies can either be adopted as is, or revised to align with individual community needs and priorities.
In addition to the full Toolkit, an editable version of each individual tool is available for download below:
Tool 1 – Performance Framework
Tool 2 – Authorizer Website Guidance
Tool 3 – Model Student Application Form
Tool 4 – Model Student Enrollment Form
Tool 6 – Authorizing “Staffing Plan”
Tool 7 – New Charter Application Guidance
Tool 8 – Enrollment Projection Form
Tool 9 – Summative Rubric: Guidance & Equity Sections
Tool 10 – Charter Agreement Sample Language
Tool 12 – Equity Program Report Form
Tool 14 – Equitable Enrollment Phone Call Script