Director of Knowledge at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

Parker Baxter is Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Previously, Parker was Director of Knowledge at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) where he was responsible for identifying and disseminating effective practices for charter school authorization and oversight and assisting authorizers in developing their expertise. Parker is also a Senior Research Affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education where he previously served as Senior Legal Analyst working on the District-Charter Collaboration Compact Project and the Portfolio District Project. Prior to his work at NACSA, Parker served as Assistant Superintendent and the Executive Director of the Office of Parental Options at the Louisiana Department of Education and as Director of Charter Schools for Denver Public Schools. Parker was also an aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he worked on issues related to the No Child Left Behind Act and Head Start, and assisted in the formation and passage of the Higher Education Access Act. Parker has a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Masters in Public Management and Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Dean’s Scholar. He is also a former special education teacher, an alumnus of Teach for America, and an honors graduate of Colorado College.

01/2012
Ch. 2 - Mastering Change: When Charter Schools and District Schools Embrace Strategic Partnership (HFR '11)

This chapter examines factors that are driving districts to collaborate with charters, what those collaborations look like, and the politics both sides must deal with.

01/2012
Ch. 5 - For Charter Schools and School Districts, Empty Space Equals Opportunity (HFR '11)

In this chapter Parker Baxter argues that by reimagining the distribution of funding, facilities, and other district assets without regard to whether a school is a district school or a charter...

Jan 19 2012

Seattle, WA - Charter schools are public schools. Historically, however, the relationship between school districts and charters has been nonexistent at best, antagonistic at worst.

May 24 2018

Parker Baxter at the Center for Education Policy Analysis writes that we need to prepare a new generation of education systems leaders to reimagine how education can be organized and delivered.