Updated 12:15 p.m. – The number of charter school closures has declined over the last three years, according to a study released today by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
The finding was part of the association’s 2011 review of charter authorizing practices around the nation.
According to the association’s news release, in 2010-2011, 6.2 percent of charter schools that were reviewed for renewal were closed, down from 8.8 percent in 2009-2010 and 12.6 percent in 2008-2009.
“These findings don’t tell us whether the right number are being closed,” said NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond, “but our experience suggests that authorizing agencies should be closing more, rather than fewer, poor-performing schools.”
The news release highlighted Denver Public Schools as an example of responsible authorizing, noting the district has closed six schools over the past three years, nearly 20 percent of its charters.
The annual report relies on voluntary responses to questionnaires by authorizers so doesn’t provide full data.
For Colorado, 21, or 44 percent, of the state’s 48 authorizers responded to the association’s questionnaire. Those authorizers cover 65 percent of Colorado charters. The report found one Colorado charter was non-renewed last year and one charter was surrendered.
Of the 14 Colorado authorizers who responded fully to the association’s questions about compliance with “essential practices,” the average score was 7.7 out of 12. Nationwide the average score was 8.7.
The quality of charter authorizing is a current topic of discussion in Colorado. The State Board of Education recently approved guidelines on the issue (see story), and legislation on charter standards and authorizing is pending at the Capitol (see story).
Two big bills are on legislative calendars this week.
Senate Bill 12-015, the proposal to create special college tuition rates for undocumented students, is calendared for preliminary Senate floor consideration on Tuesday. The bill came out of the Senate Education Committee after a long and emotional hearing last Thursday (see story).
Full disclosure – bills set for Senate floor consideration often get held over for a variety of reasons, so we’ll see if this one actually gets debated Tuesday.
On Thursday, Senate Bill 12-068 has its first hearing, in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. This is the measure that would ban the use of trans fats in food served at schools.
See the week’s schedule of education-related legislative meetings here.
What’s on tap:
Adams 12-Five Star school board members meet at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. The time has not yet been set. Agenda items are expected to include school bonds and the 2012 legislature.
The University of Colorado Board of Regents has a two-day meeting scheduled on the Colorado Springs campus. Agenda
The Metro State trustees open two days of committee sessions Wednesday and a full board meeting Thursday. Agenda
Denver Public Schools board members meet for a four-hour “focus on achievement” study session, starting at 4:30 p.m. at 900 Grant St. The single agenda item is “strategic management of financial resources.”
Douglas County school board members have scheduled at special meeting at 6 p.m. at district headquarters, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock. The agenda is not yet available; it will be here when ready.
Jeffco school board members will meet at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Lakewood High School, 9700 West 8th Ave. in Lakewood. The meeting location was changed to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd for public comment. Prior to the 6 p.m. meeting, the board will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to discuss negotiations with employee groups. Agenda.
Good reads from elsewhere:
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, toured Boulder’s Casey Middle School with a White House official, looking at the energy efficient elements in the design. The Boulder Daily Camera went along.
The Delta County School District 50 board of education hired Jerre Doss as interim superintendent, reports the Delta County Independent.
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 board of education is eyeing a possible November bond election and application for state BEST grant dollars to fix structural problems at two schools, the Greeley Tribune reports.
Structural issues have been identified in every Neenan Co. project built with the help of state BEST dollars, the Denver Post reports, and State Board of Education Chairman Bob Schaffer is publicly supporting the company.
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