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ERIC Number: ED491158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Holding Charter Authorizers Accountable: Why It Is Important and How It Might Be Done. NCSRP White Paper Series, Number 1
Lake, Robin J.
Center on Reinventing Public Education
This paper takes on the question of whether and how school authorizers should be held accountable for their own performance. The author presents reasons why scrutiny and accountability are needed not only for schools but also for chartering agencies, identifies what types of accountability are present now, and offers ideas for ways accountability could be improved via private and government initiative. The author concludes that it is past time for increased scrutiny of charter authorizer practice, even if it means challenging long-standing traditions of local school board control. The charter school movement is best known for redefining school-level regulation. In the end, however, it may be that charter schooling's most significant contribution to public policy is to finally draw the state into the question of how much and what kind of local oversight is required to maximize the effectiveness of public schools, and to serve as a forerunner/prototype for NCLB-era results-based school accountability in general. (Contains 13 endnotes.) [This paper was an activity of the National Charter School Research Project (NCSRP). Support also provided by the: Achelis and Bodman Foundations; Daniels Fund; Heinz Endowments; Jaqueline Hume Foundation; Pisces Foundation; Rodel Charitable Foundation; and Walton Family Foundation.]
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.; Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A