Nelson Smith

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Senior Advisor, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Nelson Smith is senior advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as the first president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; executive director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; vice president for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and director of programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education.

He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in 2010 was given a Career Achievement Award from New Schools Venture Fund. In June 2015, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.



Posted May 9, 2016

Ask the Right Questions About Charter School Graduation Rates

A few years ago, the California Charter School Association revealed Golden State charter performance didn’t align to the usual bell-shaped…

By Nelson Smith

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Posted Mar. 5, 2021

School Discipline Is the Modern Day Chattel Slavery and Damn Near Everybody Is In On It

Let me drop some numbers on y’all real quick. We know that starting as early as Pre-K, Black students are three times more likely to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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