ERIC Number: ED420929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Charter School Review Process: A Guide for Chartering Entities.
Hassel, Bryan; Burkhardt, Gina; Hood, Art
Prospective founders of charter schools must gain the approval of a public organization empowered by state law to grant charters. Common examples of chartering entities include state and local boards of education, boards of public universities and community colleges, and specially created charter-school boards. This guide is designed to help officials at chartering entities design a process for reviewing charter-school applications, assemble a high-quality review team, establish meaningful review criteria, gather essential information, develop a process for arriving at good judgments, and blend the review process into a supportive charter-school environment. Besides aiding decision making, a well-designed review process is educational, enhances accountability, and builds relationships and legitimacy. The heart of this guide consists of practical, step-by-step information about establishing and implementing a top-notch charter school review process. Chapters cover: assessing the context, structuring the process, establishing criteria, generating good proposals, gathering information, making decisions, and evaluate the process. Each chapter includes Q & A's on pressing concerns, options (procedural advice on critical issues), and inspirational quotations. Appendices show which states have charter laws, list helpful resource persons and materials, and list federal laws applicable to charter schools. (MLH)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Charter Schools, Decision Making, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Institutional Evaluation, State Boards of Education
Full text of this publication available from the U.S. Charter Schools Web Site at http: //www.uscharterschools.org/res dir/res primary/res reviewpro cess.thm; phone: 1-877-4ED-PUBS.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.