Arizona 2016 State Policy Detail
INDEPENDENT CHARTERING BOARD SETS STRONG EXAMPLE
The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools employs a strong renewal standard in practice. This should be codified to ensure that all authorizers apply a similarly strong standard when making renewal decisions.
- Institute a strong renewal standard by ensuring all authorizers may close schools that fail to achieve the performance goals set out in their charter contracts. The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, the primary authorizer, enforces a strong renewal standard in practice, but there is no requirement in law that other authorizers in the state do so.
- Establish a default closure provision making closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools, regardless of their authorizer.
- Endorse professional standards for charter school authorizing.