Karega Rausch

Guest Blogger

President and CEO, NACSA

Indianapolis, Indiana

Karega Rausch, Ph.D., is the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) President and CEO. He leads and manages NACSA’s work to increase knowledge of quality authorizing practices and policies by shaping and managing a research agenda that further defines effective authorizing.

Karega is a former charter schools director with the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office; founded and served as director of the Indianapolis affiliate of Stand for Children, a national educational advocacy nonprofit; and was on the leadership team of Indiana University’s Equity Project, housed at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. Karega has authored and co-authored numerous professional publications, and has presented at more than 50 research conferences across the country on charter school authorizing, racial/ethnic disproportionality in school discipline and special education reform.

Karega earned his doctorate in educational psychology and master’s degree from Indiana University.

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Posted May 11, 2021

Will We Finally Tap The Learning Expertise That Is Present in Oft-Overlooked Communities?

Talk of an education “recovery” to address student “learning loss” is here, often with a focus on expanded summer learning…

By Naomi N. Shelton, Karega Rausch

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Posted Feb. 10, 2021

Here’s Why Putting the Brakes on Charter Schools Is So 2020

Prior to COVID-19 upending American education, some state legislatures around the country considered moratoriums or “pauses” on public charter schools;…

By Ebony Lee, Karega Rausch

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

To the NAACP: Rescind the Moratorium and Work With Us to Improve Charter School Oversight

In response to public outcry over its call for a charter moratorium, the NAACP is on a listening tour across…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

Stop Blaming Black and Brown Kids and Learn From Schools That Get Discipline Right

After U.S. Education Secretary John King encouraged charters to rethink their discipline policies, many of the ensuing conversations have been…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The Truth About Charter School Closures

The charter school concept began nearly 25 years ago with great energy around this central premise: increased autonomy in exchange…

By Karega Rausch

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