Our focus is on independent, self-managed charter schools that exemplify the original intent of the charter school movement. CPICS schools provide options in public education, explore new leadership structures and innovate and collaborate in the public interest. We aspire to be the democratic voice of our schools and to promote public school autonomy, transparency and accountability.
Strengthening our independent charter sector is a powerful way to increase excellent public schools and expand educational opportunities for all students. We do this by employing three main strategies.
We provide charter school leaders with resources and services they need to make the best decisions for their students, families, staff and stakeholders.
We work with policy makers at the state and federal levels to advocate for policies that support independent charter schools and work to the benefit of all public education.
We aim to increase collaborations between schools and school leaders nationwide. This exchange of ideas not only increases best practices but also creates more efficiency in the charter community.
The Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools (CPICS) is a national advocacy group for autonomous, self-managed charter schools. We are united behind principles that exemplify the democratic and innovative roots of the charter school movement. Our schools provide creative options in public education, explore new leadership structures and collaborate in the public interest. CPICS promotes public school autonomy and transparency. We believe in the power of schools to transform the lives of young people AND in the responsibility of government to ensure that all children have adequate nutrition, shelter, health care, and educational opportunity.
All children will have access to public schools that provide innovative and high quality student learning experiences.
Empowering and advocating for public independent charter schools.
We aspire to be great community schools of choice for the families we serve.
We are united behind the original ideals of the charter school contract. We embrace our diverse communities, which include immigrants, people of color, children with disabilities, the homeless, English language learners, people of all faiths, and the LGBTQ community. We believe in the power of schools to transform the lives of young people AND in the responsibility of government to ensure that all children have adequate nutrition, shelter, health care, and educational opportunity. And we subscribe to these fundamental principles.