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Charter School Authorizers

Information and guidance for potential and current charter school authorizers.


Diligent authorizers conduct thoughtful oversight of charter schools, which pays off in both fostering superior school performance and in minimizing school failure.

Authorizer Webinars from the Charter Schools Division.

Charter School Authorizer Webinar []
Guidance and Technical Assistance for Prospective Charter School Authorizers.

Charter School Authorizer Oversight and Monitoring Webinar []
Guidance for the Oversight and Monitoring of Charter Schools by an authorizer.

Charter School Authorizer Oversight - Renewal, Revocation and Closure []
Guidance from the California Department of Education Charter Schools Division for charter school authorizers regarding Renewal, Revocation and Closure.

Charter School Renewals

Academic performance determinations for charter school renewals may be impacted by suspension of the Academic Performance Index (API). This letter and new renewal form provide information on alternatives.

May 13, 2014, letter on Charter Renewal Determinations []

Academic Performance Determination Form (DOC) []

External Resources

California School Boards Association [] External link opens in new window or tab.
The California School Boards Association (CSBA) provides workshops and trainings for board presidents, on the Brown Act, on the role of the Charter School Authorizer, and many others.

Hoover Press: Charter Schools Against the Odds [] External link opens in new window or tab.
Chapter Four, "Authorizing: The Missing Link," provides a baseline description of authorizing.

National Association of Charter School Authorizers [] External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) works with local experts to create the conditions needed for quality schools to thrive and pushes for high standards for authorizers and the environments in which they work.

National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance [] External link opens in new window or tab.
An organization that supports state policymakers, charter school authorizers, and charter school operators in creating successful and sustainable charter schools through effective finance and governance.

Questions: Charter Schools Division | | 916-322-6029 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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