Objective. This article explores cross-sectoral alliances as mechanisms for enhancing service delivery in public education. We assess the extent to which the three economic sectors—nonprofit, for-profit, and public—are involved in partnerships with charter schools and identify the benefits that charter schools receive from partnering with other organizations.
Methods. The study utilized a qualitative approach: data collection involved interviews with charter school experts in 37 states.
Results. We found that organizations from each of the three economic sectors were involved in alliances with charter schools and that these alliances offered a range of financial (e.g., facilities, salaries), political (e.g., legitimacy, credibility), and organizational (e.g., curriculum, management) benefits.
Conclusions. Our findings from this exploratory study suggest that cross-sectoral alliances have the potential to enhance the capacity of charter schools to deliver high-quality educational services. Three hypotheses generated from the findings are also offered to guide future research on charter school alliances.