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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
Cass, Rebecca – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
As representatives of the public's interests in public charter schools, authorizers lie at the foundation of a quality charter school sector. The core functions of authorizing--charter school approval, oversight and evaluation--are essential in promoting and upholding charter school quality. To carry out these functions professionally and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, School Administration, Financial Support
Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Charter schools emerged in the early 1990s as a strategy for improving student learning and increasing quality educational options, often for underserved students and communities. The charter school idea centers on the promise of increased autonomy for accountability for results. Thus, the charter movement has helped to lead the charge--and has…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Educational Quality, Disadvantaged Youth
Ernst, Jody; Wenning, Richard – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Over the past several years, student growth and growth models have received a lot of attention, in both the charter school sector and the larger education community, as an important indicator for measuring school quality. Educators and policy makers alike have been won over by the argument that because measures of student growth examine the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Indicators, Academic Achievement, Accountability
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
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
This report provides essential new information on the relationship between the location of and enrollment in Denver public schools that meet the 2009 School Performance Framework (SPF) standards. Funded by the National Association of Charter School authorizers (NACSA), this research is designed primarily to identify and highlight those areas with…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, School Location, Enrollment
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
This report compares the demand for public education in St. Louis during the 2007-08 school year with both the supply and location of public schools operated by St. Louis Public Schools and charter schools. The geographic areas of analysis are the city of St. Louis and its zip codes. The first four sections of this report contain background…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, School Location, Charter Schools
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
Wechtenhiser, Kim – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2008
Engaging in the charter school sector is not for the faint of heart--doing so requires grappling with many complex questions. How will the work impact the reputation of the university? What political, financial or legal liabilities will the institution assume? Who will do the day-to-day heavy lifting? Across the country, dynamic higher education…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Universities, School Administration, Laboratory Schools
Cornell-Feist, Marci – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
It is the board that selects, supports, and terminates when necessary, the school leader. It is the board that ensures that the school is operationally and financially viable. It is the board that partners with the school leader to define academic excellence and then holds the bar high insisting that the school delivers. An authorizer's success in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Governing Boards, Administrator Evaluation
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
Kindler, David T., Ed. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
State and district school leaders across the U.S. have long sought ways to create success for children attending schools where too many have failed for far too long. A new approach to solving this old problem is called "starting fresh." By beginning anew with the freedom to do things vastly different, a real opportunity is created to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Governance, Instructional Leadership
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