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2012 State of the State Addresses: Governors' Top Education Issues PDF - This analysis highlights the education issues prioritized by governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C. in their 2012 state of the state addresses. The state leaders explained that increasing the quality and availability of education, from preschool through postsecondary, was essential to recovering from the recession, spurring economic growth, remaining competitive, and to the health and well-being of each state's citizens. Top issues include Finance (K-12 & Postsecondary), Teaching Quality, Postsecondary Affordability/Access, School Choice, Workforce Development, Early Learning (P-3), and Reading and Literacy....

A State Policymaker’s Guide to Alternative Authorizers of Charter Schools PDF - During the 2004-05 school year, there were over 800 charter school authorizers across the country. The vast majority – over 700 – were local school boards. The rest were non-local school board authorizers, i.e., “alternative authorizers.” This ECS Issue Brief helps state policymakers think through what kind of alternative authorizing structures may make sense for their states. The paper presents the advantages, disadvantages and policy considerations for each of the seven types of alternative authorizers. In addition, it discusses the critical design issues facing states interested in creating alternative authorizers. (Bryan Hassel, Todd Ziebarth and Lucy Steiner, Education Commission of the States, September 2005)...

Charter School Laws and Partnerships: Expanding Opportunities and Resources MS Word - This ECS Policy Brief summarizes results from The Center on Educational Governance's study on the existence of provisions in state charter school laws that facilitate or inhibit the schools' ability to partner with organizations across economic sectors. The report shows that states with established charter school resource centers also tend to have more partnerships. (Education Commission of the States, April 2004)...

State Policies for Charter Schools Database - From this database, you can generate profiles of individual state policies for charter schools, compare specific types of policies across several states or view predetermined reports. (Todd Ziebarth, Education Commission of the States, 2006)...

Charter School Equity MS Word - Charter schools are generally defined as independent public schools operating under contract with a state or local district, although this definition may vary from state to state. One of the primary concerns about charter schools is a possible "brain drain" effect on traditional public schools. To address concerns over the possible resegregation of public education this "brain drain" could cause, some states have incorporated civil law components as part of the statutes covering charter schools. (Education Commission of the States, 1999)...

Charter School Finance: Policies, Activities and Challenges in Four States MS Word - While there are multiple incentives and opportunities to create a charter school, there is little information available to give policymakers, charter school sponsors or charter school operators sound guidance on financial issues. Many charter schools have budget authority not given to traditional public schools. Are there lessons about fiscal management that could help charter schools be successful, or do charter schools have lessons for public education financing as a whole? (Amy Berk Anderson, Education Commission of the States, March 1998)...

A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities (Seventh Addition) - This report identifies school districts that have the highest percentage and highest number of public school students enrolled in public charter schools. The numbers illustrate that demand for options within the public school system remains strong. And with more than 610,000 additional students across the country on waiting lists to attend charter schools, these numbers are likely to rise in the future. (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, November 2012)...

How State Charter Laws Rank Against The New Model Public Charter School Law - This report is the first to accurately gauge a state's public charter school law with respect to its commitment to the full range of values in the public charter school movement: guality and accountability, funding equity, facilities support, autonomy, growth and choice. The report looks at these values across the states. (Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, January 2010)...

Practices From the Portfolio, Volume 2 - In this volume, NewSchools Venture Fund has identified four critical challenges faced by charter management organizations (CMOs) as they grow to scale. For each challenge, they profiled the practices that three organizations within their portfolio have developed in response. They then collected relevant documents and templates used by these organizations. The resulting set of tools, which cover challenges ranging from human capital to performance to home office operations, will inform practitioners as they grapple with these same challenges. (New Schools Venture Fund, June 2008)...

A Sum Greater Than the Parts: What States Can Teach Each Other About Charter Schooling - Charter schooling expands choices for students within the public system and provides more customized teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and students by allowing for greater variation in the kinds of schools that are available. At the same time, charter schools maintain core public education ideals, such as providing universal access for students and public oversight and accountability. This report summarizes states' experiences with charters, particularly the role of state charter school laws in shaping a the charter sector. (Sara Mead and Andrew Rottherham, Education Sector, September 2007)...

“Alternative” Charter School Authorizers: Playing a Vital Role in the Charter Movement - Charter schools are present in forty states and the District of Columbia, and most operate with the knowledge that they will be closed if they are not meeting certain goals. But who is determining the goals, how are these decisions made, and who is making them? This study investigates the authorizers of charter schools and provides state-by-state comparisons about who and what these organizations are. (Louann Bierlein Palmer, Progressive Policy Institute, December 2006) ...

Charter School Data: What States Collect -- State data and Implications for Research - As more charter schools are being established across the United States, thorough data collection and analysis is essential to allow for careful monitoring of schools’ performance. This brief reviews challenges and problems in data collection efforts and provides recommendations for improving the system. (Jonathon Christensen, National Charter School Research Project, December 2006)...

Turning the Corner to Quality: Policy Guidelines for Strengthening Ohio's Charter Schools - This report seeks to strengthen Ohio's charter school program. Among its 17 recommendations are calls for closing low-performing charter schools and holding sponsors more accountable for oversight of the growing charter movement while also helping more high-performance schools to open and succeed in Ohio. In return for sharply stepped-up accountability, restrictions on the formation of high-quality charters should be removed, and charter schools should receive more equitable funding. (Louann Bierlein Palmer, Michelle Godard Terrell, Bryan C. Hassel and C. Peter Svahn, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, October 2006) ...

Florida Charter Schools: Hot and Humid with Passing Storms - Florida is often referred to as "school choice central" because of its many publicly-funded school choice initiatives. This report examines the history of Florida's charter school initiative, results to date and areas where the state can improve. The authors find reason for optimism about Florida's charter schools, as well as problems, especially around accountability. (Bryan C. Hassel, Michelle Godard Terrell and Julie Kowal, Education Sector, May 2006) ...

The Evolving Charter School Movement MS Word - This is a classic. More than half of the states are now operating under some form of charter school legislation, and 1997 will probably see several more states join the charter fold. But this new type of flexibility for parents and students and or founders of charter schools is not always easy to classify. The intent of the legislation and the amount of regulation differ widely from state to state, and, as original charters come up for renewal, the door remains open for even more change. (Chris Pipho, Phi Delta Kappan, March 1997)...


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