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    Wednesday, July 16, 2014    


Deseret News
Charter school oversight scandal roils Connecticut
Children read books in a classroom at a charter school. A charter school in Connecticut is coming under fire for a lack of oversight for students.
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MENIFEE: Charter school looking for new partner
An effort to establish a new charter school in Menifee may be over, but proponents may be moving on to a possible partnership with the Riverside ...
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Their View | Charter schools differ
Hayley Hanley, a Centre Learning Community Charter School student, cuts zucchini during a Cooking with Kids program at Penn State`s Cafe Laura in ...
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Tax dollars from failed charter schools go uncollected, candidates say
“Unfortunately for our state, under Republican leadership, (efforts for charter school transparency) has gone the exact opposite way of trying to provide ...
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Radio New Zealand
Charter schools `bad for Maori`
He said the philosophy behind charter schools means competition between schools is encouraged which only widens educational inequalities.
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State supt. plans meetings to hold charter school backers accountable
State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan will meet with Michigan charter school authorizers and with charter advocacy groups in two separate ...
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NorthJersey.com
Paterson charter school student wins scholar-athlete award
Not only did Ferguson play for the volleyball, basketball and softball teams at The Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, she also was ...
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Ex-teachers, pupils question Ohio charter schools
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former teachers and students at a string of charter schools in Ohio plan to question the state school board over its alleged ...
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Ohio judge orders state to sponsor charter school
CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge has ordered the state Department of Education to sponsor an inner-city charter school to keep it ...
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Middleburg Community Charter School readies for its Aug. 4 opening
4, the Middleburg Community Charter School will open its doors for its inaugural year as Northern Virginia`s first charter school. The school officially ...
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Mass. Senate plans to take up charter school legislation
BOSTON (WWLP) - The demand is high for charter schools, especially in Springfield, and what this bill would do is gradually lift the spending cap to ...
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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 Match.com 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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