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ERIC Number: ED541304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Charter School Authorizers and Oversight: Where is the Line between Effectively Holding Schools Accountable and Overregulation?. Authorizer Issue Brief. Number 5
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
The basic charter school bargain--freedom in exchange for accountability--presents unique challenges to authorizers. Authorizers must walk a tightrope of sorts, respecting each charter school's independence and distinct mission, while holding every school accountable for educational results and public obligations. Overseeing charter schools is thus a delicate balancing act, which most authorizers must navigate through trial, error and improvisation. To gain perspective on how effective charter school oversight can and should be conducted, the following question was posed to four leaders within the charter school community: "It is a fundamental tenet that charter schools should be held accountable for performance rather than regulated for process. How should authorizers uphold this distinction when conducting charter school oversight?" This brief provides four unique responses to this question and advice and support to authorizers feeling their way through this difficult task. This paper contains the following: (1) Four Guidelines for Charter School Monitoring (Greg Richmond); (2) Regulating for Process: A Response of Unequipped Authorizers (Jim Griffin); (3) Clarity, Quality and Flexibility: Necessities of the Chartering Process (Joe Nathan); and (4) A View from Within: How the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board Effectively Oversees Charter Schools (Jo Baker).
National Association of Charter School Authorizers. 105 West Adams Street Suite 3500, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 312-376-2300; Fax: 312-376-2400; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia