• Charter schools are public schools funded by the government but run under a charter by parents, educators, community groups or private organizations to encourage school autonomy and innovation.
The NCSC is funded by a 5 year, $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Its lead institution is Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is housed on the campus of Peabody College, one of the nation's top graduate schools of education.