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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
Watson, John; Rapp, Chris – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Online charter schools are one key subset of the K-12 online education landscape, which also includes state virtual schools, district-level online programs, private providers of both individual courses and entire schools, and others. As of late 2010, online and blended charter schools existed in more than 20 states, serving more than 100,000…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Learning
Mead, Sara – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2010
Both the charter school and universal pre-K movements have grown substantially during the past 10 years. Nearly 5,000 charter schools now exist in 40 states and the District of Columbia, serving some 1.6 million students--up from 2,300 schools serving 580,000 students only a decade ago. The growth in state pre-kindergarten enrollments has…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Outcomes of Education, Kindergarten, Public Education
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), 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
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