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ERIC Number: ED479075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 97
Abstractor: N/A
The New Schools Handbook: Strategic Advice for Successful School Start-Up in Partnership with School District Officials, Staff and Community Members.
Lake, Robin; Winger, Abigail; Petty, Jeff
This guide provides an overview of the school development process. It is intended for anyone starting a new school, whether it be a public, private, or charter school, but focuses on starting a school within the traditional school-district structure. Section 1, "Getting Started," discusses identifying the basis of legal authority; building a leadership team; defining the mission and objectives of the school; gauging the market; and dealing with the local school district and political structure. Section 2, "Creating a Plan," offers guidance on establishing educational credibility; establishing accountability and academic standards; determining financial feasibility; recruiting students; funding and paying for the building; understanding the regulatory environment; and creating policies and procedures. Section 3, "Opening Your School and Beyond," addresses hiring staff and maintaining cohesion; working with parents; developing governance and board relations; managing liability, insurance, and risk; and navigating the central office and resolving disputes. An appendix contains a list of online resources organized into three parts: education program design; school facilities operations; and charter-school resources. (WFA)
Center on Reinventing Public Education, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195-3060. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Note: Support also provided by the Atlantic Philanthropies.