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The Delaware Charter Schools Network


Delaware Charter Schools Network is Delaware’s statewide charter support organization. We are a membership network that represents charter schools of all types throughout the First State. We proudly work for over 17,000 children in 23 charter schools. Our network unifies all charter schools in order to achieve critical policy and programmatic gains.

The Delaware Charter Schools Network is a non-profit organization created in 2001 to support the charter school movement and charter schools in Delaware. Through school member dues and donations from foundations, the Network provides advocacy and essential services to public charter schools, their boards, leaders, staff, and parents. The Network educates the public about charter schools, provides assistance to existing Delaware charter schools and those yet to open, and serves as a unified voice for the state’s charter schools at the state and national level.

Charter schools are free, independent, public schools, that play a critical role in Delaware’s public education landscape. In 1995, the charter school law was passed with the goal of increasing choices for families and raising the academic performance of all Delaware schools. Today, 23 charter schools offer an abundance of options for families of the First State, with new applicants in the process for possible authorization. The Delaware Charter Schools Network believes that every child deserves an opportunity for an excellent public education. As a small state, Delaware can serve as the model for excellence in education and choice, and the Network is committed to supporting schools to enhance quality and opportunities in education.

Since 1996 when Delaware’s first charter schools opened their doors, a growing number of families have made the charter school choice, and most Delaware charter schools have waiting lists. The Network’s challenge is to help improve and expand existing schools, encourage the creation of new charters, ensure that all of Delaware’s charter schools remain accountable and high performing, and support the dissemination of best practices learned in our schools so that the positive impact for children can be found across all of Delaware’s schools.

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