Alaska 2016 State Policy Detail

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YEARLY COMPARISON

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TIME FOR TRUE AUTONOMY

Alaska’s charter school sector has grown despite a particularly weak law. Current policy essentially serves as a “shell law”—a placeholder, ready for additions and improvements to ensure stable, quality, and legally autonomous schools as well as a viable alternative authorizer.

NACSA RECOMMENDS

  • Create legally autonomous schools. Policy should ensure that schools have a legally autonomous governing board and autonomy in crucial areas of school operations.
  • Eliminate the dual-approval system and empower school districts and an alternative authorizer to directly approve charter schools. Alaska is one of only five states with a dual-approval system, which is nearly synonymous with limited autonomy charter schools. If an alternative authorizer is not viable, the state should, at a minimum, empower the State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education to serve as an authorizer on appeal.
  • Endorse professional standards for charter school authorizing.
  • Create a strong renewal standard that directly links school academic performance to renewal.
  • Require performance frameworks and annual performance reports for all charter schools.Alaska has a moribund charter school law. Creating legally autonomous schools should be the primary policy goal for the state. Policy should ensure that schools have a legally autonomous governing board and autonomy in crucial areas of school operations.

 


THE SCORE

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