ERIC Number: ED467443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools Need Improved Academic Accountability and Financial Management. Program Review. Report.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Florida's 113 charter schools serve 18,255 students and provide opportunities for education innovation and school choice. Many serve at-risk and low-income students. Schools report positive student progress but need stronger accountability. Two-thirds of charter schools are not subject to Florida's A+ school accountability system because they serve special student populations not addressed by the A+ system. Further, the academic goals and objectives established in charter schools' contracts with school districts are often not measurable. Most charter schools have steady or growing enrollments, demonstrating parents' support. However, some have struggled with managing their operations and maintaining enrollment. These schools need to adopt good business practices to improve their financial condition and viability. To minimize barriers to the creation and continued operation of charter schools, it is recommended that the Florida Legislature strengthen the role of charter schools' governing boards and consider options regarding sponsors and funding. It is also recommended that the Department of Education provide assistance to school districts to improve the academic accountability and management of charter schools. Appendix A contains options to address barriers to the creation and operation of charter schools, and Appendix B contains a response from the Commissioner of Education to this report. (Author/RT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Publications, Money Management, Nontraditional Education
The Florida Legislature, Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, 111 West Madison Street, Room 312, Claude Pepper Building, Tallahassee, FL 32999-1475. Tel: 850-488-0021; Tel: 800-531-2477 (Toll Free); Fax: 850-487-3804. For full text: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida