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ERIC Number: ED541306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Built for Quality: The Capacity Needed to Oversee Charter Schools. Authorizer Issue Brief. Number 3
Smith, Nelson; Herdman, Paul
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
The term "authorizer" conveys an imposing sense of size and authority, but in the world of charter schools, the authorizer is often a small-scale office or, more commonly, a single employee for whom chartering is just one among many responsibilities amidst a large institution like a state or local board of education, university, or private nonprofit. Thus, the "blood, sweat, and tears" of authorizing are typically shed inconspicuously from the periphery of an organization that has a much broader focus. Yet authorizing demands a range of capacities, some very new to the public-education arena. In this brief, the authors examine three capacity issues: the kinds of resources needed for effective authorizing; the challenges commonly encountered in securing these resources; and capacity-building strategies used by some leading authorizers to meet the demands of this work. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 8 endnotes.)
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: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers