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National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2014
This report summarizes findings of a comprehensive national survey that covers authorizer adoption of Essential Practices, as well as important context about the evolution of the authorizing profession itself. There are some gratifying results, with near-unanimous adoption of such key practices as requiring financial audits of schools and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, School Surveys, National Surveys
Conlan, Sean – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
This report presents the findings from a rigorous national survey of charter school authorizers conducted in 2011 by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). This is the fourth time NACSA has conducted this type of national survey. As in years past, the vast majority of authorizers (90 percent) are school districts and they…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, School Closing, School Surveys
Patrick, Susan; Vander Ark, Tom – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
During this decade, American education will shift from print to digital, from flat and sequential content to engaging and adaptive, and from batch processing to personalized learning. There will also be a slow enrollment shift from traditional district-operated schools to schools and programs operated by organizations authorized under contracts or…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, State Programs
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
Halsband, Robin; Hassel, Bryan C. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
One of the single biggest challenges for a charter school is securing financing for an adequate facility. While a stellar building provides no guarantee that a school will be a success, having adequate facilities that at least meet the needs of an academic program without robbing the budget can go a long way toward creating an environment…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Financial Support, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Buildings
Smith, Nelson; Herdman, Paul – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
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…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, School Effectiveness, Institutional Autonomy
Lake, Robin – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
School district associations across the country have often opposed charter school legislation as strongly, or more strongly, than have teachers unions. They typically argue charter schools will threaten the tradition of local control of schools by elected officials, drain their financial resources, and distract them from pursuing…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Suburban Schools
DiBiase, Rebecca Wolf – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
Monitoring and evaluating whether a charter school is in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and performing financially, organizationally, and academically requires the authorizer to examine a host of information about an individual school. Some of this information is reported by the school itself; vehicles such as self-reports,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Compliance (Legal), School Culture, Institutional Evaluation