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    Important announcement

    Please be aware that the Board of the NCACS decided to sever its accreditation arrangement with the National Association for the Legal Support of Alternative Schools (NALSAS). As of May 31, 2013, the NCACS will no longer accept memberships or dues from those schools seeking to join solely for the purpose of gaining accreditation from NALSAS.  The Board arrived at this conclusion after a protracted examination of its membership rolls which showed that some schools do not specifically subscribe to the object and purpose of the NCACS By-laws, neither in their policies nor practices.  They only pay dues because this was a NALSAS condition for being granted accreditation. 

    The object and purpose of the coalition are:
    1. To support an educational process which is alternative in intention, working to empower people to actively and collectively direct their lives;

    2. To support an educational process which is alternative in form, requiring the active control of education by students, parents, teachers and community members who are most directly affected;

    3. To support an educational process which is alternative in content, developing tools and skills to work for social justice.

    NCACS member schools and programs which do adhere to the tenets of the object and purpose have always been free to seek accreditation with NALSAS and/or any accrediting agency they chose; this option remains the same. The change means only that those schools which do not follow the tenets of the NCACS no longer need to state that they do so simply for accreditation purposes. They, too, are free to seek accreditation with NALSAS or with any agency they choose.

    Please address any questions regarding this or other NCACS matters to office@ncacs.org or to NCACS, P.O. Box 1451, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

    Please address any questions regarding accreditation to NALSAS, P.O. 2823, Santa Fe, NM 87504. 

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