Delaware 2016 State Policy Detail
PUTTING NEW POLICIES TO THE TEST
Delaware is once again accepting applications for new charter schools. New applicants will now have to go through a schools-and-community “impact analysis” to demonstrate the benefits of the proposed school. This is the first time these laws and rules—developed and adopted in 2014-15—will be put into action.
- Consider a default closure policy to make closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools. This creates a differentiated renewal mechanism that can streamline the renewal process while enforcing a high level of charter school accountability.
- As the state conducts its first round of reviews under the new application process, review the process and outcome of the new impact analysis and consider if any modifications are needed. A quality impact analysis process should reflect input from parents and contribute to a high-quality charter sector.
- Review charter school enrollment policies to ensure that state law prevents charter schools from establishing undue barriers to enrollment.