Knowledge Core Keyword: Academic Oversight

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

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.

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 …

Steering the Course for Success: Authorizers and Effective Charter School Governance

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 …

Navigating Special Education in Charter Schools Part II: The Authorizers’ Role in Ensuring Quality Special Education Programs

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 …

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 …

Navigating Special Education in Charter Schools Part I: Understanding Legal Roles and Responsibilities

Special education entails the provision of an array of specialized services and supports designed to help students with disabilities access the general education curriculum in a manner equivalent to their non-disabled peers. …