As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to impact the day-to-day operations of schools, charter schools—particularly single-site schools without close ties to a management organization or school district—may need additional help or resources. Schools aren’t just places of learning, but oftentimes sources of food, afterschool care, health care, and other resources that are critical to vulnerable families, especially as many adults may be forced out of work temporarily. The National Alliance is here to help in any way we can, in partnership with state charter support organizations. And for those of you who have relationships with charter schools in your area, please reach out to find out if there are ways you can help them.
In addition to the resources below, the National Alliance has compiled a growing set of resources for state charter school organizations and charter school leaders. The resources include official guidance from education and health agencies, resources for remote and distance learning, sample letters and communications materials as well as resources from state associations, schools, and other education-related organizations from around the country.
|Arkansas||Arkansas Public School Resource Center|
|Arizona||Arizona Charter Schools Association|
|California||California Charter School Development Center
California Charter Schools Association
|Connecticut||Connecticut Charter Schools Association|
|Florida||Florida Charter School Alliance|
|Georgia||Georgia Charter Schools Association|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools|
|Michigan||Michigan's Charter School Association|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Association of Charter Schools|
|Missouri||Missouri Charter Public School Association|
|New Mexico||Public Charter Schools of New Mexico|
|New York||New York Charter School Association|
|North Carolina||North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Public School Resource Center|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools|
|Texas||Texas Charter Schools Association|
|Utah||Utah Association of Public Charter Schools|
We are excited to announce that the National Charter Schools Conference is going virtual! NCSCvirtual will take place over three days—July 16, 23, and 30—focusing on three areas of interest to schools: remote learning, reopening schools, and reimagining schools. The conference will have many of the great elements of the in-person event; keynote speakers, breakout sessions, homerooms, and networking opportunities, all from the comfort and safety of your home.
The Charter School Facility Center at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will host a webinar on renegotiating leases in the time of COVID-19. The pandemic's impact has caused unprecedented financial uncertainties and operational challenges for charter schools across the country. Many charter operators and boards may consider revisiting all potential financial levers, including real estate obligations, to stabilize and support healthy operations moving forward.
The session is geared towards supporting operators in leased facilities who may want to consider the viability of renegotiating current lease terms. The session will aim to provide participants with an overview of reasons to consider renegotiating a lease, factors to research and consider before entering a negotiation, levers, and scenarios that could influence a specific outcome and considerations for the best approach to a landlord. A Q&A session with panelists will conclude the session. Panelists will include individuals with deep expertise in charter school real estate leasing who have conducted this work as charter operators and board members, consultants, and legal counsel.
What resources are available from the federal government?