THE MANAGEMENT QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Has your DOE changed charter authorization rules? Should there be a change? Why?
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Charter schools may be authorized by:
Conflicts over program duplication; local control; proposer qualifications, and closing failing charter occur all of the time. In Florida, 276 charter schools had closed by the end of 2014.
WHO SHOULD AUTHORIZE CHARTERS? Some states want control, but local control is traditional. If districts authorize charter schools, should they empowered to require appropriate standards for opening and closing them? Should charters duplicate programs in area schools or be required to fill unmet community needs?
Which states have good regulations for authorizing charter schools?
Pro charter organization issues report on Washington D.C. Education Justice. April 2012. It turns out that the closed schools often reopen with different children, part of gentrification sometimes. This is one of the claims being made by people in the South Ward of Newark, NJ. They think the state is trying to push people out to make way for more expensive, high-rise condos/apartments. The South Ward happens to be close enough to NYC, with good transportation to NYC, to make this a feasible claim.
How Some States Rein in Charter School Abuses . Stronger oversight.
Legislation for District oversight. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String&URL=1000-1099/1002/Sections/1002.33.html
Independent Authorizers. Truth about State Commissions. 2013. More authorizing agencies correlates with more charter schools.
Florida Model Charter Application Describes the components of a charter application and how it is evaluated.
Doral Academy Management Agreement with Academica
Florida Legislation about Management:
Florida Charter School Law and Compliance http://floridacharterschools.org/schools/law_and_compliance/ Complaints against teachers and administrators; procedures, penalties 1012.796 applies to charter schools. See: http://floridacharterschools.org/schools/law_and_compliance/
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/charter-school-faqs.stml Charter school compliance: FS 1002.33(9) be accountable to school district for its performance
Technical Assistance Papers: Charter Schools http://floridacharterschools.org/schools/taps/#1 Q and A for 2011 changes in charter legislation: high performing school expansion, board requirement for parental representative; changes in enrollment preferences (DOE capital impact study
Federal Code on misuse of funds: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/31/3729
HOW DOES YOUR STATE ENSURE THAT CHARTER OWNERS ARE QUALIFIED AND CHARTER SCHOOLS DO SERVE UNMET NEEDS? Let us know.