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Shaw, Matthew – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Charter school closure, though sometimes challenging and emotionally charged, is an essential aspect of the charter school movement. The purpose of this Issue Brief is to provide a practice-oriented resource for authorizers and other charter school stakeholders to navigate the closure process after the decision to close a school has been made. In…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Closing, School Administration, Stakeholders
Clair, Nancy – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Educators, school administrators, policymakers, and community members are responsible for providing a quality education for all students in the nation's public schools. Traditional and charter schools bear the duty to ensure that special populations of students have access to the best education possible. This responsibility makes it essential for…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, English Language Learners, Student Characteristics, Federal Legislation
Aase, Ben – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
As schools are in the business of educating students, academic performance should be the primary outcome by which a charter school is evaluated. But a charter school cannot provide students with a good education if it cannot meet payroll, afford to keep the lights on in the building, or worse yet, improperly uses public funds that should be spent…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Educational Finance, Financial Audits
Ernst, Jody; Wenning, Richard – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Over the past several years, student growth and growth models have received a lot of attention, in both the charter school sector and the larger education community, as an important indicator for measuring school quality. Educators and policy makers alike have been won over by the argument that because measures of student growth examine the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Indicators, Academic Achievement, Accountability
Haft, William – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
A contract is about commitment and responsibility. It is about the commitment that two or more parties make and the responsibility to deliver on those commitments. When school developers and authorizers turn a charter application into a contract, the relationship transforms: it shifts from aspiration to expectation and from theory to practice. The…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Contracts, School Administration, Legal Responsibility
Wechtenhiser, Kim – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2008
Engaging in the charter school sector is not for the faint of heart--doing so requires grappling with many complex questions. How will the work impact the reputation of the university? What political, financial or legal liabilities will the institution assume? Who will do the day-to-day heavy lifting? Across the country, dynamic higher education…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Universities, School Administration, Laboratory Schools
Cornell-Feist, Marci – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
It is the board that selects, supports, and terminates when necessary, the school leader. It is the board that ensures that the school is operationally and financially viable. It is the board that partners with the school leader to define academic excellence and then holds the bar high insisting that the school delivers. An authorizer's success in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Governing Boards, Administrator Evaluation
Rhim, Lauren Morando – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
What ought authorizers do to ensure that the charter schools they approve provide a quality education to students with disabilities who enroll in their school? That is the question many authorizers wrestle with as they strive to strike a balance between fulfilling their responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, Related Services (Special Education), Educational Quality
Rhim, Lauren Morando – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
Special education and related services are mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related state special education policies. Policies and procedures associated with implementing IDEA can be complex, cumbersome and time consuming. IDEA is founded on the notion that a free appropriate public education is a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, Related Services (Special Education), Legal Responsibility
Kindler, David T., Ed. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
State and district school leaders across the U.S. have long sought ways to create success for children attending schools where too many have failed for far too long. A new approach to solving this old problem is called "starting fresh." By beginning anew with the freedom to do things vastly different, a real opportunity is created to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Governance, Instructional Leadership
Lowe, Adam; Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2006
A three-legged stool is always stable, regardless of its placement on an uneven surface. Keeping the top parallel to the floor and comfortable to sit on, however, requires careful steps to achieve balance among each of the three legs. In carrying out their work, authorizers typically work to achieve steadiness in a two-party accountability…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Organizations (Groups), Administrator Role