Oregon 2016 State Policy Detail
TIME FOR STRONG POLICY AS STUDENT NUMBERS GROW
Despite a large and growing number of charter schools, Oregon’s charter school law remains particularly weak on accountability for schools and authorizers.
- Endorse professional standards for charter school authoring. Oregon authorizers currently can receive the highest authorizer fee in the country, which can create mixed incentives for authorizers. Authorizer standards prioritize quality authorizing as the most important goal and ensure fair, transparent, and equitable actions by authorizers.
- Require authorizers to report annually on the performance of their schools and use performance frameworks.
- Institute a strong renewal standard. Empower authorizers to close schools that fail to achieve the performance goals set out in their charter contract.
- Create a default closure provision, making closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools. This is particularly important given Oregon’s historically low-performing charter sector.
- Create a viable alternative authorizer, such as an Independent Chartering Board.