From 1996 to March of 2004, the Charter Friends National Network (CFNN) was an active network of state-level charter support organizations and leaders that operated as a project of the Center for Policy Studies in partnership with Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
Over time, and with growth in the charter movement nationally, it became evident there was a need for a more formal organization through which state and national supporters of charter schools could advance and defend this important innovation.
Thus, the emergence of what is now known as the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools--a DC-based non-profit organization headed by a board of directors chaired by Johnathan Williams, co-founder and director of the Accelerated Charter School of Los Angeles. Staff leadership is provided by the Alliance's President, Nelson Smith.
Among other things, the Alliance's web site is now the "go-to" place for information on a number of initiatives formerly undertaken by CFNN, including the annual National Charter Schools Week and federal policy development, as well as an on-line directory of all major state charter school contacts and a calendar of upcoming charter-related conferences.
The Alliance has a two part mission--to serve as an effective voice for the charter movement nationally and to strengthen charter laws and support organizations in the states. The Alliance's web site is also the place to go for information on "National Charter Schools Week" and the National Charter School Conference. For more on the Alliance, click the logo below.
Meanwhile, a new web site has been created for Education|Evolving-- an initiative launched in 2004 by the same partners that supported CFNN, the Center for Policy Studies and Hamline University. For more on that initiative--Education|Evolving, visit their website by clicking the logo below.