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Griffin, Jim – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2013
"Viewpoint" is a series of articles written by leaders in charter school authorizing and the education reform movement. The series is meant to foster thoughtful discussion and idea exchange on current topics and emerging trends in the sector. This paper examines the various policy and implementation levers available to inject affirmative…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Administration, Educational Change
Wechtenhiser, Kim, Ed.; Wade, Andrew, Ed.; Lin, Margaret, Ed. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Closing a failing charter school is difficult, but it can be done. In fact, it has been done hundreds of times across the country. However, if you are on the staff or the board of a charter school authorizing agency that is facing a closure decision, the fact that other authorizers have closed schools may be of small comfort. You are facing a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Closing, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
This document contains key questions to consider when evaluating virtual charter school proposals.The insert is designed to help authorizers evaluate school quality and capacity in light of the distinctive attributes of virtual schooling. These questions address major functional areas as well essential questions that authorizers should ask of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Proposal Writing, Governance, Students
Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
This Issue Brief, an update of "Authorizing Virtual Charter Schools: Rules of the Road on the Digital Highway" by Gregg Vanourek, is part of NACSA's Cyber series, which addresses issues in policy and practice that concern authorizing online schools and blended learning. It aims to improve authorizer understanding and oversight of online…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Learning
O'Neill, Paul – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2010
One of the most important and high-profile issues in public education reform today is the replication of successful public charter school programs. With more than 5,000 failing public schools in the United States, there is a tremendous need for strong alternatives for parents and students. Replicating successful charter school models is an…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Development, Public Education, Guides
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
O'Neill, Paul T. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Authorizers must decide whether a proposed school should be allowed to open and whether it should be required to close. To enable authorizers to serve as quality gatekeepers for the sector, state policy must give authorizers clear power to deny low-quality charter school applications and to close charter schools that fail to meet expectations. At…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Decision Making, Best Practices, State Policy
Rhim, Lauren Morando – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
"Replication" is the practice of a single charter school board or management organization opening several more schools that are each based on the same school model. The most rapid strategy to increase the number of new high-quality charter schools available to children is to encourage the replication of existing quality schools. This policy guide…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Best Practices, State Policy, Background
O'Neill, Paul T. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
"Multiple authorizers" refers to situations where more than one entity is able to authorize charter schools in any given community. The presence of multiple authorizers can strengthen a state's charter school sector because a diversity of authorizers can promote professional practices among authorizers and provide checks and balances in charter…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Best Practices, State Policy, Administrator Guides
O'Neill, Paul T. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
The authority to operate a charter school is granted through a limited-term, renewable contract. Contract renewal is not automatic--it must be earned through strong academic results and operational effectiveness. Good schools should be cultivated and poor ones shut down. This is one of the definitive functions of a charter school authorizer. This…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Best Practices, State Policy, Certification
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
Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Charter schools emerged in the early 1990s as a strategy for improving student learning and increasing quality educational options, often for underserved students and communities. The charter school idea centers on the promise of increased autonomy for accountability for results. Thus, the charter movement has helped to lead the charge--and has…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Educational Quality, Disadvantaged Youth
O'Neill, Paul T. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2006
The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 ("NCLB" or "the Act") defines an aggressive, ambitious and multi-faceted approach for increasing student achievement and closing the achievement gap. Premised on the correlation between student academic achievement and teacher quality, NCLB demands that all students, regardless of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Credentials, Compliance (Legal)
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2005
This resource toolkit for working education service providers contains four sections. Section 1, "Roles Responsibilities, and Relationships," contains: (1) "Purchasing Services from an Educational Management Organization," excerpted from "The Charter School Administrative and Governance Guide" (Massachusetts Dept. of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Conflict of Interest, Institutional Role