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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
Ableidinger, Joe; Hassel, Bryan C. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
This issue brief is part of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers' (NACSA's) "Cyber Series," which addresses issues in policy and practice that relate to authorizing online and blended charter schools. This brief aims to improve authorizer understanding and oversight of blended charter schools, which combine digital…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Blended Learning, Models, Evaluation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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