In The Paperwork Pileup, authors Michael Q. McShane, Jenn Hatfield, and Elizabeth English assert that charter authorizers are often creating “onerous and lengthy” application processes that may scare off charter operators. Why keep harking back to anyone’s “original intent” when we’ve got more than two decades of actual experience to guide practice?
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What we quickly discovered is that the two groups have a lot in common, starting with a keen shared interest in strong, sustainable public charter schools. The report is also a pretty good short course for anyone interested in knowing how the two sectors work.
Posted in Accountability, Authorizing Standards, Charter School Growth, Education Politics, Education Reform, One Million Lives, Performance Standards, Policy, Quality Authorizing, School Choice, Uncategorized on Apr 26th, 2015
Great news from Oklahoma today: after two years of hard work on the ground attending coalition meetings, researching data to support various polices and scrutinizing language, Gov. Mary Fallon signed Senate Bill 782 that will expand charters throughout the state.
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) released a report titled “The Feasibility of Alternative Methods for Authorizing Charter Schools in Pennsylvania.”One of the most striking sets of findings is about Higher Education Institution (HEI) authorizers. The Committee contacted colleges and universities in the state and asked them “If the law allowed you to, would you be interested in authorizing charter schools?” The overwhelming answer was no.
Earlier this month, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1184 into law, which will help grow and expand Colorado’s networks of quality charter schools. Colorado has a mix of individual charter schools and those that operate within networks. As the number of charter schools within networks increases in the state, these schools have asked for […]
Posted in Accountability, Ask the Experts, Authorizing Standards, Autonomy, Charter School Finance, Charter School Growth, Civil Rights, Common Core, Education Politics, Education Reform, English Language Learners, Enrollment, Governance, Human Capital, NACSA News, New Schools, One Million Lives, Performance Standards, Policy, Quality Authorizing, Research, School Choice, Special Education, Teacher Effectiveness on Apr 10th, 2015
Each year since 2008, NACSA has conducted the nation’s only targeted survey of charter school authorizers and authorizing practices. We will release the latest survey results starting on April 15 in an email series designed to connect data about authorizer practices with real implications for kids, families, schools, and communities. More on that another day. For the upcoming 2015 survey—which we will begin right after we release the 2014 results—we are reserving space to ask hundreds of authorizers your questions about authorizing, especially questions that get at what is beyond the “nuts and bolts” of authorizing.
I offer a tip of the hat to the State University of New York (SUNY) Charter Schools Institute for their oversight of a struggling charter school that posed exceedingly tricky politics. This whole thing was political from the start. The New York City teachers union, the UFT, created the charter school intending to demonstrate that running a school under […]