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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
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
Higgins, Monica; Hess, Frederick M. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2008
Given the desperate plight of urban schooling and the disheartening track record of conventional reform, dynamic new ventures like the KIPP Academies, Edison, or Green Dot Public Schools are increasingly being asked to stand in for failing district schools. While promising, these ventures have thus far typically been characterized by "one-off"…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Change, Success