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A Call for Quality – Charter School Authorizers Urge More Closures of Failing Schools

A Call for Quality – Charter School Authorizers Urge More Closures of Failing Schools

November 28, 2012 10:00 AM

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Location: First Amendment Lounge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 21, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Bellafiore, (518) 928-8471

**MEDIA ADVISORY**
A Call for Quality – Charter School Authorizers Urge More Closures of Failing Schools

“One Million Lives” campaign wants charter authorizers to “raise their game” to provide access to quality schools for one million more students

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charter school and education reform leaders from across the U.S. will gather in Washington, DC to issue a proactive call for quality in the charter sector that will put one million more children into 3,000 high-performing schools over the next five years. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) will launch the One Million Lives advocacy campaign to push for improved authorizer practice and stronger state policies that will maximize the development of more high-quality charter schools and ensure prompt closure of persistently failing schools.

NACSA, which represents government and other entities that approve and oversee charter schools, issues the challenge as survey data, including its own membership and other national surveys, show an increase in charter school enrollment, an unacceptable number of failing charter schools, and a closure rate that is allowing too many non-performing schools to remain open.
WHO: Greg Richmond, President/CEO, NACSA
Hon. Christopher Cerf, New Jersey Commissioner of Education
Superintendent Patrick Dobard, Recovery School District (New Orleans)
Jed Wallace, President/CEO, California Charter Schools Association

WHAT: “One Million Lives” Launch

WHEN: Wed., Nov. 28
10:00 –11:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St. N.W., 13th Floor
Washington, D.C.

Call-in information: 800-277-3988 (Reporters will be able listen and participate)
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The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is committed to advancing excellence and accountability in the charter school sector and to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools across the nation. To accomplish this mission, NACSA works to improve the policies and practices of authorizers—the organizations designated to approve, monitor, renew, and, if necessary, close charter schools. NACSA provides training, consulting, and policy guidance to authorizers. It also advocates for laws and policies that raise the bar for excellence among authorizers and the schools they charter. Visit www.qualitycharters.org.

For More Information On This Event, Please Contact:

Bob Bellafiore

518- 928-8471