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What can Jeff Cogen`s new charter school job tell us about how Oregon charter schools work?
Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen`s new job involves raising money and forging partnerships for a Portland charter school. (Thomas ...

Online charter schools moving too quickly for NC
There now are 149 charter schools in North Carolina, schools funded by taxpayers but free to experiment with curricula and allowed to operate outside ...

Miss. charter school board votes on director
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An official with Louisiana`s Recovery School District is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi`s Charter School ...

Chester Upland receiver expected to OK expansion of charter schools
CHESTER — Chester Upland School District Receiver Joe Watkins plans on approving the expansion of the city`s three brick-and-mortar charter ...

New York Daily News
Bill de Blasio expects all charter schools to comply with his vision, despite law requiring him to give ...
Mayor de Blasio made clear on Thursday that he`s not going to roll over to accommodate charter schools that don`t comply with his vision — despite a ...

Chalkbeat Tennessee
De Blasio lays out vision for charter school co-location rules
Charter schools that play by Mayor Bill de Blasio`s rules will get a leg up in the rush for coveted public school space, the mayor said on Thursday.

Leslie Hittner: Empower authorizers at charter schools
In the fall of 1992, Minnesota was the first state in the nation to create charter schools. These innovative new publicly funded schools are nonprofit ...

Reports of illegal charter school investigated
That`s the question the state is asking after a local charter school appears to still be in session even though the state ordered it to shut down.

Proposed charter school would teach 2 languages
A proposed charter school for Rio Rancho that would provide a bilingual curriculum in English and Spanish to students in grades K-8 moved forward ...

Boston Globe
Boston puts off charter school plan for Dearborn
Boston school officials are backing away from a proposal to convert the city`s newest school building into a charter school, in the wake of growing ...

$7.5 million from Gates Foundation to finance new charter middle school in Central Falls
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A nonprofit organization backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $7.5 million to buy and renovate a ...

A Review Of Charter Schools And Compensation
They will review several policies including Charter Schools and County Superintendent Compensation. Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, ...

Charter schools open up a new world to eager learners
Alyssa Gonzales has been named director of Palm Academy, a K-8 school in the Springs Charter Schools network that serves 60 students in the ...

Barney Initiative opens eighth charter school
The Barney Charter School Initiative has increased two-fold after opening four new charter schools this summer. Since 2009, the initiative has spread ...

PA Supreme Court to hear charter school lawsuit Tuesday
The West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School filed a lawsuit in March challenging the enrollment limits as an unconstitutional ...

York City schools team to visit charter operators next week
A team of York City school officials will visit schools run by charter operators in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana next week. A review team is planning ...

Idaho Falls charter school waits in limbo
The Idaho Public Charter Commission announced Wednesday evening it would be canceling its meeting set for Sept. 4. The commission was ...

Pasadena charter school surrenders its charter after being closed by fire marshal
PASADENA >> The Celerity Exa Charter School surrendered its charter to the Pasadena Unified School District Thursday and will close its Pasadena ...

Sierra Sun Times
Sierra Foothill Charter School Hosts a Memorial Dedication Ceremony for Jackie Douglass on ...
Mrs. Jackie Douglass was a devoted teacher at Catheys Valley Elementary for 25 years. She will be honored at Sierra Foothill Charter School on ...

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Time to Look at Ourselves
Vol. 2No. 6
When Charter Boards set written performance expectations, the major focus should always be in the area of Student Achievement, although establishing expectations in the Management area is also important because it speaks to issues of prudent and ethical administrative actions.

But the “expectations” model for governance promoted by the MACSB has a special feature that helps Board focus on an often overlooked area….the performance of the Board itself!

Most Boards seldom engage in any form of true introspection, usually because there are no standards or criteria to measure against.  But MACSB offers a practical way to make it happen.  It is done by establishing written expectations for Board performance and assessing performance against those expectations.

In this area, a Board establishes expectations for itself in the following categories:

  • Governance Approach & Style
  • Meeting Agenda/Protocol
  • Board President
  • Board Code of Conduct
  • Board Committees
  • Governance Education
  • Administrator Relations

These expectations are not a substitute for or redundant to Board bylaws.  They are quite different (but complementary) in that they address topics directly related to “governance”  rather than structure.  And these performance expectations are also monitored and self-assessed by the Board based on internal survey of individual Board members.

Performance reports and assessments in this area are typically produced two times a year, each covering about half of the expectations categories.  Again, Boards can conduct these assessments on their own or tap into the MACSB automated reporting system that produces the survey documents for completion by each Board member and then compiles the results for Board deliberation.

An important by-product of these Board performance expectations is that they also serve as a helpful screening process for selecting Board candidates.  Rather than expect candidates to face the traditional tasks of “figuring out” what membership means and wading through the 1,000 page policy manual that current members have long forgotten, candidates see the written, Board-developed standards that show how your Board intends to operate. 

Board expectations also help preclude membership by those with strange or unknown agendas.  They know what is expected and what isn’t!  In other words, candidates and current members can substantively determine if there is likely a good “fit”…kind of a for member recruitment.

The value of this approach cannot be overstated.  Continuity of the Board’s governance style is essential to effective performance.  And many Boards have paid the price for arrival of a member with delusions of individual authority, especially when coupled with a hidden agenda and no real knowledge of how the Board operates.

In future Board Bits issues we will provide examples of how Boards can address a variety of issues and decisions based on the governance philosophy that underlies the MACSB Leadership Governance model.

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