empowering and advocating for

independent charter schools

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.

what we're doing for #givingtuesday

Join us on November 27, 2018 as the Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools celebrates #GivingTuesday. This year, we are asking CPICS members to give a special gift for our #GivingTuesday Membership Drive — and it will not cost anything!


We are asking our 136 CPICS member schools to bring on at least 1 additional school to join us as members for the 2018-2019 school year. There is strength in numbers and we want to reach our goal of 200 independent charter schools by the end of the year. We need to increase awareness and become a stronger voice for independent charter schools across the country. So please gift us another member school -- you can do it by email introduction if that’s easiest.


Remember that CPICS is run, governed and driven by the agenda of its members. We work side-by-side with our schools to help develop and share best practices, to promote policies that strengthen charter school laws and to encourage collaboration and equitable practices among all public schools. Just in the past few months, our organization has successfully shared the stories of its members as well as provided resources including webinars and startup assistance. Help us continue to advocate for and empower independent charter schools by adding another voice.


The Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools has many plans for the coming year, but we can’t do it without your support. Along with our CPICS member drive, we will also be accepting donations for #GivingTuesday. If you support our work, please consider gifting us with any amount. Those that make a donation of $25.00 or more will receive recognition on our website and will be entered into a drawing to receive one (1) ticket to our Independent Charter School Symposium to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in November 2019. If you can’t support with a donation, please use the hashtag #indiecharters on social media to share your stories, pictures, videos of the amazing things your school is doing.


Warm regards to all members for the holiday season.


CPICS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.