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Cass, Rebecca – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
The authority to open and establish a charter school should be granted only to applicants that have a sound plan for, and demonstrate the capacity to operate, a quality, high-functioning public charter school. This policy guide discusses the following: (1) Background on the Charter School Application Process; (2) Key Considerations for…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Best Practices, State Policy, Background
Cass, Rebecca – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
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…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Best Practices, School Law, State Legislation
Cass, Rebecca – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
As representatives of the public's interests in public charter schools, authorizers lie at the foundation of a quality charter school sector. The core functions of authorizing--charter school approval, oversight and evaluation--are essential in promoting and upholding charter school quality. To carry out these functions professionally and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, School Administration, Financial Support
Haft, William; Cass, Rebecca – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind ("NCLB"). This law dramatically affects how all schools, including charter schools, are held accountable for the academic performance of their students. Since the passage of NCLB,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Accountability, Academic Achievement