Idaho 2016 State Policy Detail
STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION WITH REPLICATION
Starting with significant reforms in 2013, Idaho continues to improve charter school policy with the enactment of strong replication legislation.
NOTEWORTHY IN 2016
SCORE INCREASE: +1
- Performance Management and Replication (+1: Replication). Legislation passed in 2016 allows a single charter school board to hold multiple charters.
- Endorse professional standards for charter school authoring. In practice, the Idaho Public Charter School Commission employs many best practices in charter school authorizing. Codifying this expectation for all authorizers will ensure consistent high quality across the authorizing sector.
- Institute a default closure policy to make closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools.
- Consider adopting authorizer screening, evaluation, and sanction policies if additional authorizers become active. State law allows Higher Education Institutions to authorize charter schools. The state would benefit from additional authorizer quality initiatives—for example, authorizer applications or other screening processes—such as those adopted in Minnesota or Indiana. These initiatives are quality control measures that ensure only authorizers with a commitment to quality are allowed to authorize. These policies would prevent authorizer-shopping activities from eroding charter school accountability, a problem in states with more than two non-LEA authorizers.