It’s a logical choice to give universities the job of making sure these schools do everything they promise they will — and closing them if they don’t, according to National Association of Charter School Authorizers president Greg Richmond. “I think universities can do a great job at sponsoring charter schools,” he said. “No. 1, they’re educational institutions, so they know something about education. And they have a lot of advantages to do the work well.”
Dan Quisenberry of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, a charter school organization, say these closures are not a response to the political climate. On the contrary, he said, authorizers routinely shut down low-performing charter schools. Three charter schools were closed in Detroit last year, two closed in 2015, three in 2014 and five in 2013, he said.
In “Three Signs That a Proposed Charter School Is at Risk of Failing”, analysts Anna Nicotera and David Stuit investigated that very question, examining more than six hundred charter school applications across four states. They found three “risk factors” in approved applications that were significant predictors of a school’s future weak performance in its first years of operation:
A group of families are suing the city to prevent the closure of their Harlem charter school, the Daily News has learned. In court papers, seven city parents allege that the city is discriminating against disabled kids by refusing to renew the charter for Harlem’s Opportunity Charter School, one of the only charters in the city that enrolls a majority of kids with disabilities.