Kansas 2016 State Policy Detail

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YEARLY COMPARISON

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NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP

Kansas has established a charter sector 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 create an alternative authorizer or, at a minimum, an appellate authorizer. Kansas is one of only 2 states that allow only LEAs to authorize charter schools and have no appeals system, and one of only five states with a dual-approval system. This structure severely limits charter schools.
  • Endorse professional standards for charter school authorizing.
  • Create a strong renewal standard that directly links school academic performance to renewal.
  • Require contracts, performance frameworks, and annual performance reports for all charter schools.

THE SCORE

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