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ERIC Number: ED539288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Navigating the Closure Process. Authorizing Matters. Issue Brief
Shaw, Matthew
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
Charter school closure, though sometimes challenging and emotionally charged, is an essential aspect of the charter school movement. The purpose of this Issue Brief is to provide a practice-oriented resource for authorizers and other charter school stakeholders to navigate the closure process after the decision to close a school has been made. In order to navigate the closure minefields, the authorizer must understand why the process is painful for each stakeholder and anticipate the information that each stakeholder group will need throughout the school's wind-up. During the closure process, the authorizer will encounter the effects of pain and uncertainty as it hears from angry, anxious constituents. In particular, the authorizer should anticipate the following: (1) Students will be displaced; (2) Parents will be concerned about where their children will attend school; (3) Staff will be worried about losing their jobs; (4) Leaders/Founders are emotionally invested in the school; and (5) Board members, like the school leaders, are invested in the school emotionally and often, financially. (Contains 7 endnotes.) [This paper was written with the assistance of Parker Baxter, Jonas Chartock, Ralph Rossi, and Justin Testerman.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers