Revocation and Renewal Decision Making

Accountability in Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure

This Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure is designed to assist the staff and board members of authorizing agencies as they address the wide array of challenges involved in any closure decision. It draws directly upon the successful experiences of other authorizers across the country and includes useful information on performance management, decision-making, and stakeholder communication, as well as practical tools to successfully manage a charter school closure.

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Charter Schools and English Language Learners

The purpose of this Issue Brief is to provide charter authorizers and school leaders with information about the education of English Language Learners (ELLs), illuminating the legal requirements and sound education practices …

Charter Schools and English Language Learners What Authorizers Need to Know

Charter school authorizers are responsible for protecting student and public interests. This responsibility requires authorizers to hold schools accountable for fulfilling fundamental public education obligations to all students, including providing equal access and appropriate services to students whose native language is not English. English Language Learners (ELLs) have rights that are protected by federal and state laws. Authorizers are responsible for ensuring that charter schools uphold these rights.

Charter Schools and English Language Learners: What Authorizers Need to Know (Infographic)

Charter school authorizers are responsible for protecting student and public interests. This responsibility requires authorizers to hold schools accountable for fulfilling fundamental public education obligations to all students, including providing equal access and appropriate services to students whose native language is not English. English Language Learners (ELLs) have rights that are protected by federal and state laws. Authorizers are responsible for ensuring that charter schools uphold these rights.

Authorizers, Charter Schools and AYP Accountability

This NCLB Policy Brief examines authorizer obligations in NCLB implementation. Those new to the authorizing role will gain understanding of how “typical” authorizing responsibilities intersect with NCLB accountability. Furthermore, experienced authorizers can use this Brief to spot-check whether their practices are in fact fulfilling the various NCLB-related obligations for which they are responsible.

Topics of interest include: accountability, law and policy

Anecdotes Aren’t Enough: An Evidence-Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools (Webinar Presentation)

Authorizers are challenged to hold each alternative charter school accountable for its performance. NACSA convened a working group of uthorizers, operators, and researchers to define the parameters of good practice when it comes to evaluating alternative charter schools. The group’s findings are presented in NACSA’s new report, Anecdotes Aren’t Enough: An Evidence-Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools.

This presentation is from a webinar panel discussion with working group members Ernie Silva, Director of External Affairs for SIATech (California); Naomi DeVeaux, Deputy Director of D.C. Public Charter School Board; and Nelson Smith, Senior Advisor for NACSA. The panelists discuss NACSA’s new report, Anecdotes Aren’t Enough: An Evidence-Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools and the implications of its findings for authorizers, schools, and policy-makers.

Want to learn more on this topic prior to the webinar? Read Anecdotes Aren’t Enough: An Evidence-Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools and share our summary of recommendations with your staff, colleagues, and board members.

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Anecdotes Aren’t Enough: An Evidence-Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools

Authorizers are challenged to hold each alternative charter school accountable for its performance. NACSA convened a working group of authorizers, operators, and researchers to define the parameters of good practice when it comes to evaluating alternative charter schools. The group’s findings are presented in this new report from NACSA.

Action Plan for Closure: Core Closure Protocol and Guidance

If you attended the 2012 NACSA Leadership Conference, you probably heard reference to NACSA’s Accountability in Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure. This resource is designed to assist the staff and board members of authorizing agencies as they address the wide array of challenges involved in any closure decision. Now NACSA has made it even easier to use this resource by converting the publication’s Action Plan for Closure into a new format allowing authorizers to customize their own plan, track its status, and make notes to help guide their closure process.

Accountability in Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure

This Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure is designed to assist the staff and board members of authorizing agencies as they address the wide array of challenges involved in any closure decision. It draws directly upon the successful experiences of other authorizers across the country and includes useful information on performance management, decision-making, and stakeholder communication, as well as practical tools to successfully manage a charter school closure.

Accountability in Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure

This Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure is designed to assist the staff and board members of authorizing agencies as they address the wide array of challenges involved in any closure decision. It draws directly upon the successful experiences of other authorizers across the country and includes useful information on performance management, decision-making, and stakeholder communication, as well as practical tools to successfully manage a charter school closure.

Accountability 2.0: Next Generation Performance, Delivery, and Design

Richard Wenning, former associate commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education and a creator of the Colorado Growth Model, which has become a model for many states, conducted a webinar for authorizers …

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Charter School Appeals

An assurance of due process and the right to appeal critical authorizer decisions are important checks and balances in the charter school sector. They provide fundamental fairness for applicants and schools and …

Charter School Contract Renewal

Renewal is the defining moment in charter schooling. Charter schools are built around the promise of greater autonomy in exchange for greater accountability, and the renewal decision is where a charter school …

Navigating the Closure Process

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 …

The Nuts and Bolts of School Closure – PowerPoint Presentation

Managing the actual closure of a charter school requires planning, preparation, and attention to details that linger long after a school is closed. This session provides a roadmap through the basic elements of the closure process, including how to prepare the environment for closure, how to monitor the close out of student records, finances, education corporation documents, and other requirements that must be addressed when charters fail. Presenters will provide critical information to help guide authorizers through an effective closure process.

Mary Kay Shields, Gov. John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University; Kathryn Mullen Upton, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Ohio; Josephine Baker, Education Consultant

The Authorizer and Charter School Closures: Exercising Adaptive Leadership to Protect the Public Interest

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 …

Multiple Charter Authorizing Options

“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 …

Measuring Charter School Financial Health

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 …

Leave No Charter Behind: An Authorizer Guide to the Use of Growth Data

There is growing consensus in the charter school sector that the success of chartering as an education reform will be measured not by the number of schools in operation (as was the …