Arizona State Board For Charter Schools arizona State Board for charter schools An on-line resource for parents,students, applicants, and currently sponsored charter schools. http://www.asbcs.state.az.us/asbcs/
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Welcome To Arizona Department Of Education Department Overview Parents Families Students Educators Administrators Common Logon charter schools. charter School Data Collection State Board for charter schools. State Board of Education/charter schools http://www.ade.az.gov/charter_sch.asp
EPAA Vol 3 No. 13 Charter Schools 1995 College of Education, arizona State University,Tempe AZ 852872411. charter Schools1995 A Survey and Analysis of the Laws and Practices of the States. http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v3n13/
Extractions: April 1, 1996 This study of charter school parents is the first in a series to be conducted by the Goldwater Institute with the assistance of many supporters, most notably, the Dial Corp., Motorola Inc., and Bank of America. This body of research provides fresh insights into who attends charter schools and why. Until now, no statewide survey of charter schools had been undertaken. Several case studies and limited surveys have been conducted, but this is the first major progress toward developing population parameters for charter schools. The Goldwater Institute study also reveals information about charter schools that is contrary to popular opinion and may have considerable impact on future study and development of charter schools. The study reveals that the majority of charter school students (69 percent of respondents) previously attended public schools and of this group, 57 percent of the parents were either very dissatisfied or dissatisfied with their child's educational experience. Overall, half of the charter school parents were very dissatisfied or dissatisfied with their child's previous school. Ninety-two percent of these same parents say they are very satisfied or satisfied with their child's charter school and 94 percent plan to send their child to the same charter school next year. We were also interested in why parents and students elected to leave a previous school and why they selected a specific charter school. The main reason charter school parents elected to remove their child from a previous school was curriculum. Teacher attitude and class sizes were the next most popular choices. Parents considered these same three reasons when selecting a specific charter school. As with most survey questions, there was great variety among responses based on where the child attended school last year.
Extractions: November 14, 2002 Critics of school choice have long questioned the ability of parents to choose the best schools for their children. Critics fear that parents do not have the time, qualifications, or information to make informed decisions about the quality of their childrens schools. New evidence tells us its time to put this fear to rest. Gathering data for the fourth annual Arizona Charter School Parental Satisfaction Survey, I surveyed parents of children attending 239 charter schools in Arizona, and asked them to grade their schools on 21 characteristics. At the same time, the Arizona Department of Education was preparing profiles of 163 charter schools, ranking them as excelling, improving, maintaining, or under performing. The department ranked elementary schools based on Stanford 9 and AIMS scores, and high schools based on AIMS scores and graduation and drop out rates. 112 of the charter schools ranked by the state were included in my parent survey. Comparing the two report cards helps us answer the all-important question: Are parents good judges of school performance? The data suggest they are.
Extractions: Profile of Arizona's Charter School Law Note : The following ranking and analysis reflects the state's law as of 2001. For the most recent state law profile, please contact the Center for Education Reform or order Charter School Laws Across the States: Ranking Score Card and Legislative Profiles from our Publications page Arizona (1994; last amended in 2001) The strongest of the nation's 38 charter laws General Statistics Number of Schools Allowed Unlimited Number of Charters Operating (As of Fall 2001) Approval Process Eligible Chartering Authorities Local school boards, state board of education, state board for charter schools Eligible Applicants Public body, private person, private organization Types of Charter Schools Converted public, converted private, new starts (but not home-based schools) Appeals Process None Formal Evidence of Local Support Required No Recipient of Charter Charter school governing body Term of Initial Charter 15 years Operations Automatic Waiver from Most State and District Education Laws, Regulations, and Policies
US Charter Schools Website of school districts. schools Profiles of selected arizona Charterschools created by the schools themselves. Participants List http://www.uscharterschools.org/pub/sp/2
Extractions: Charter school legislation was first passed in Arizona in 1994. Arizona currently leads the nation in the number of charter schools open and operating. There are 467 charter schools in operation for the current 2002-2003 school year. The 3 sponsoring entities are: (1) the State Board of Education, (2) the State Board for Charter Schools, and (3) the governing boards of school districts.
Extractions: Growing Education System - Charter Schools - Online SAT Help Arizona's Charter Schools Arizona tops nation in number of charters. If you've never heard of charter schools, you haven't lived in Arizona very long. The Grand Canyon state has about 270 of these publicly funded, privately run schools, more than any other state in the nation. From high-tech to back-to-basics to performing arts, charter schools offer parents and students a wide range of classes, learning methods and discipline styles. And it's all free because charter schools are public. "Because charter schools are a new animal, people assume they must be very different from other public school" said Mary Gifford, director of the Goldwater Institute's Center for Market-Based Education. "But they have some big similarities: They are free and they have to take all kids." Charter schools were designed to give parents more choices for their child's education. By law, charters, unlike other public schools, also are required to improve student achievement. "Charter schools were created to bring more accountability to public education," Gifford said. "The way to be more accountable is to say they will increase pupil progress or they won't exist."
Extractions: Country: United States Despite the rapid expansion of charter schools, the teachers unions and their nonprofit allies continue to advocate state and local regulations that would strangle the schools creativity and limit competition with regular public schools. (12/00) KIPP charter school principal talks about challenges and success Country: United States "I think the best thing we do is offer a structured approach. We have a structured approach to planning lessons and a structured approach to instruction and managing discipline. It all depends on the people, though. We're blessed with a group of incredibly talented people...." (04/01) The ABCs of charter schools
Arizona's Message To Oregon: Charter Schools Now! arizona's message to Oregon charter schools Now! by Lisa Graham Keegan Currently,there are 273 charter schools in arizona. That's more than any other state. http://www.cascadepolicy.org/..\pdf\edref\keegan.htm
Extractions: Charter Schools Now! by Lisa Graham Keegan President Clinton issued this challenge to the states in his State of the Union address. Arizona has been an active part of the charter school movement since 1994 and is doing its part to make that dream a reality. Arizona's law is flexible, providing maximum opportunities for parents, teachers and the community to build schools that address the needs of their children. Currently, there are 273 charter schools in Arizona. That's more than any other state. This has given Arizona a unique opportunity to learn what works and refine the charter school process. As Arizona Superintendent of Education, I work hard with legislators, teachers, business leaders and parents to improve education in Arizona. Charter schools are one tool we use in Arizona. And they work. Since 1994, only six charters have been closed. Those closings demonstrate that when a charter school isn't filling the educational needs of the children they serve, it will be closed. Either the students will leave or the state will close the school. It also demonstrates the necessity of strong accountability measures for charter schools as well as other public schools. Together the Governor's Office, State Board of Charter Schools, the State Board of Education and the Charter School Association are tackling accountability concerns. Here are a few lessons we have learned that may be helpful as Oregon considers charter legislation:
Extractions: Teacher Accountability in Charter Schools Monday, March 1, 1999 Charter schools are public schools that operate with a great deal of autonomy, free from many of the regulations of traditional public schools. One difference is that teachers in charter schools generally have less job security - by design. They have no tenure, work under year-to-year contracts and risk dismissal if they fail to contribute to student achievement as judged by the school. In return, however, they usually have more teaching flexibility, less paperwork and participate more fully in decision making. If Arizona's charter school experience is typical, they also often earn more than their public school counterparts. Because of their autonomy, charter schools' personnel policies, including salary administration, differ greatly among schools and among states, and only meager information is available nationwide. More data are available about Arizona than any other state, thanks to an extensive charter school survey by the Goldwater Institute, an Arizona public policy research institute. Arizona, a stronghold of the charter school movement with 271 charter schools in operation and a sympathetic state administration, is in its fourth year of charter school experience. Determining Teacher Quality.
Extractions: For Immediate Release Monday, March 1, 1999 Charter Schools Get More Pay, The Best Teachers Get A Lot More Pay Dallas - Despite a nationwide teacher shortage in traditional public schools, one Arizona charter school recently received applications from 200 qualified candidates for fewer than 10 teaching jobs. Arizona has little difficulty staffing its 271 charter schools, the most in the nation, even though teachers have no tenure and risk dismissal if they fail to contribute to student achievement as judged by the schools. The reason? According to a new report being distributed by a joint project between the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and the Childrens Educational Opportunity of America Foundation (CEO America), teachers are willing to trade less job security for more teaching flexibility, less paperwork and higher pay. "Teachers want the power and flexibility needed to teach to the special needs of their students," said Mary Gifford, a co-author who is Vice President of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. "Charter school teachers get paid more, but they also produce more," she said. Newly hired charter school teachers in Arizona earn an average of 6% more than newly hired teachers in traditional public schools.
Education: Charter Schools education. Nearly one quarter of all the nation's charter schools arein arizona, where 270 charters serve about 30,000 students. Four http://www.azcentral.com/news/education/charter/0307charter.shtml
Extractions: March 7, 1999 Flagstaff offers full-day kindergarten. Mesa now enrolls pupils who turn five late in the year. Queen Creek tossed aside its superintendent and is pumping more phonics into the classroom. From the Navajo Nation to Nogales, public school districts are taking extraordinary and some say long-overdue measures to keep students from defecting to Arizona's charter school explosion. No longer are traditional public schools a monopoly their charter-school siblings, who emerged nipping at their heels in 1995, are now major players in Arizona education. Nearly one quarter of all the nation's charter schools are in Arizona, where 270 charters serve about 30,000 students. Four years ago, some 50 charters in Arizona housed 7,000 children. Public school districts are still way ahead, enrolling 750,000. Both charter schools and district schools are free to students and get an average of $4,800 in state aid for each student in their desks.
LIBRARY LOCATIONS AND HOURS Center For MarketBased Education This site features arizona charter school profilesthat were combined with data from charter schools, test scores, state http://phoenix.gov/LIBRARY/charter.html
Statutes In Title 15 development fees 15189.02 - charter schools; public bidding courses; transfer fromprivate schools; academic credit institutions and history of arizona 15-711 http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/15/title15.htm
Extractions: charters - privately run schools operating on public funding - because they are attracted to smaller classes or tailored programs that meet the needs of individual students. At Calli Ollin Academy, 200 N. Stone Ave., "our philosophy is looking at students as a whole," said Magdalena Verdugo, the high school's executive director. "The number one priority for us, especially when so many of our students are entering at a fifth- or sixth-grade reading level, is, we have to take care of social and emotional aspects."
Tucson Charter Schools schools that struggle are schools that try to be everything to everybody, said KristenJordison, executive director for the arizona Board for charter schools. http://www.azstarnet.com/education/charters/
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