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Shaw, Matthew – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
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…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Closing, School Administration, Stakeholders
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Authorizers are as varied as the schools they oversee. Some are responsible for just one charter, while others monitor hundreds of charters serving tens of thousands of students. Some are school districts, while others are independent statewide boards, universities, not-for-profits, or state education agencies. Regardless of their size and type,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Best Practices, Scoring
Wechtenhiser, Kim, Ed.; Wade, Andrew, Ed.; Lin, Margaret, Ed. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Closing a failing charter school is difficult, but it can be done. In fact, it has been done hundreds of times across the country. However, if you are on the staff or the board of a charter school authorizing agency that is facing a closure decision, the fact that other authorizers have closed schools may be of small comfort. You are facing a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Closing, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
This document contains key questions to consider when evaluating virtual charter school proposals.The insert is designed to help authorizers evaluate school quality and capacity in light of the distinctive attributes of virtual schooling. These questions address major functional areas as well essential questions that authorizers should ask of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Proposal Writing, Governance, Students
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
Vanourek, Greg – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
The Internet has had a profound effect on everyone's lives, work, politics, and commerce--and increasingly, on the schools. Virtual schools have arrived, creating new opportunities for students, and also a set of challenges to the notions about schooling and the policies that govern public education. The potential application of technology in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning
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
O'Neill, Paul – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2010
One of the most important and high-profile issues in public education reform today is the replication of successful public charter school programs. With more than 5,000 failing public schools in the United States, there is a tremendous need for strong alternatives for parents and students. Replicating successful charter school models is an…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Development, Public Education, Guides
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
Aase, Ben – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
As schools are in the business of educating students, academic performance should be the primary outcome by which a charter school is evaluated. But a charter school cannot provide students with a good education if it cannot meet payroll, afford to keep the lights on in the building, or worse yet, improperly uses public funds that should be spent…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Educational Finance, Financial Audits
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
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