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Governance Resources

There are a wide variety of charter school and non-profit governance related resources available in print and online. Below please find a small selection of resources that may be helpful to charter school board members. Please note that none of these resources is affiliated with the ICSB.

The High Bar provides expertise, training, web-based tools, and a membership community specifically for governing boards of public schools. To learn more, please visit www.reachthehighbar.com.

Ice Miller Governance Handbook: Indiana law firm Ice Miller, LLP, recently created a governance handbook geared toward Indiana charter schools.

The Indiana Public Charter Schools Association provides helpful resources and counseling for Indiana charter schools, and is in the process of rolling out a governance training and consulting service. Please visit the association's website for more information: http://www.incharters.org/index.html.

The National Charter School Resource Center serves as a national center to provide on-demand resources, information, and technical assistance to support successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools and to disseminate information about successful practices in charter schools. To view their resources pertaining to governing boards, please visit: http://www.charterschoolcenter.org/priority-area/governing-boards.

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers produces a series of issue briefs called "Authorizing Matters" that focus on specific authorizing issues. The variety of topics can provide boards with current thinking around charter school best practices. To view the briefs and other NACSA resources, please visit: http://www.qualitycharters.org/publications-resources/issue-briefs.

The Indiana School Boards Association maintains helpful resources for district school boards, including recommended board policies and helpful publications. While ICSB-authorized charter school boards are only required to maintain policies as set forth in the charter agreement - including policies regarding Conflicts of Interest and Code of Ethics – the list of policies provided by the ISBA offers additional guidance and ideas. Please visit http://www.isba-ind.org/pdf/TOPICSwebite.pdf and http://www.isba-ind.org/pdf/LAWLISTwebsite.pdf for the ISBA's list of school board policies. Please visit the following link for a listing of helpful publications: http://www.isba-ind.org/PrintedPublicationsGuide.html.