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.