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ERIC Number: ED542591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Charter School Contracts. Policy Guide
Cass, Rebecca
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
The charter school concept was first introduced in 1991 when the Minnesota Legislature passed the nation's first charter school law. As of this writing in 2009, 40 states and the District of Columbia have charter school legislation. While the specific characteristics and nuances of these laws vary from state to state, almost every state law explicitly or implicitly requires a charter school to enter into a contract with its authorizer. The contract defines and protects the charter school's autonomy over key operational decisions while specifying anticipated performance outcomes. This agreement is the linchpin of the charter school concept, as it establishes and protects the rights and responsibilities of each party. A quality contract is essential to fully realizing the potential of charter schooling. This guide discusses the following: (1) Background on Charter School Contracts; (2) Key Considerations for Policymakers on Charter School Contracts; (3) Recommendations and Best Practices for State Policy on Charter School Contracts; and (4) Resources and Further Analysis. (Contains 5 resources and 4 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: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers