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Lowe, Adam; Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2006
A three-legged stool is always stable, regardless of its placement on an uneven surface. Keeping the top parallel to the floor and comfortable to sit on, however, requires careful steps to achieve balance among each of the three legs. In carrying out their work, authorizers typically work to achieve steadiness in a two-party accountability…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Organizations (Groups), Administrator Role
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)
Geyer, Veronica – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2005
Part and parcel of a charter school authorizer's oversight responsibility is the unenviable task of closing a school that fails to pass muster. As with most challenges that authorizers face, closing a charter school can be a complex task; executing a closure decision can entail a web of issues that the prudent authorizer must unravel carefully.…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Leadership Effectiveness, Administrator Responsibility, Leadership Qualities
Cornell-Feist, Marci – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2005
Researcher Gary Gruber has stated, "No other singular variable is more important for the health and vitality of a school than the way that it is governed. Teacher competencies, student achievement, parental and community support, adequate facilities and resources are all critical and essential for success. Governance will determine how those…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Governance, Teacher Competencies, Educational Administration
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
Halsband, Robin; Hassel, Bryan C. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
One of the single biggest challenges for a charter school is securing financing for an adequate facility. While a stellar building provides no guarantee that a school will be a success, having adequate facilities that at least meet the needs of an academic program without robbing the budget can go a long way toward creating an environment…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Financial Support, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Buildings
Smith, Nelson; Herdman, Paul – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
The term "authorizer" conveys an imposing sense of size and authority, but in the world of charter schools, the authorizer is often a small-scale office or, more commonly, a single employee for whom chartering is just one among many responsibilities amidst a large institution like a state or local board of education, university, or private…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, School Effectiveness, Institutional Autonomy
Lake, Robin – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
School district associations across the country have often opposed charter school legislation as strongly, or more strongly, than have teachers unions. They typically argue charter schools will threaten the tradition of local control of schools by elected officials, drain their financial resources, and distract them from pursuing…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Suburban Schools
Haft, William – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
The charter renewal decision is one of the most significant high stakes decision in public education. It determines the continuing existence or termination of a school. It has the potential to be a celebration of the accomplishments and success of a school--and its students--that was built from the ground up a few years earlier. In some sense, the…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, State Legislation, Accountability, Charter Schools
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
The basic charter school bargain--freedom in exchange for accountability--presents unique challenges to authorizers. Authorizers must walk a tightrope of sorts, respecting each charter school's independence and distinct mission, while holding every school accountable for educational results and public obligations. Overseeing charter schools is…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Boards of Education, Accountability, Freedom
DiBiase, Rebecca Wolf – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2004
Monitoring and evaluating whether a charter school is in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and performing financially, organizationally, and academically requires the authorizer to examine a host of information about an individual school. Some of this information is reported by the school itself; vehicles such as self-reports,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Compliance (Legal), School Culture, Institutional Evaluation
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
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