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    Saturday, December 24, 2016    
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Four Chicago public charter schools have been awarded two-year federal grants totaling $2.1 million. The Illinois State Board ...
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Local school boards in Jefferson and Fayette counties would have the power to approve two charter schools per academic year under what`s become ...
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NEW EAGLE – School board members are reviewing an application from a local group that wants to bring a charter school to the Ringgold School ...
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LIVERMORE — The Livermore Valley Unified School District school board denied two charter schools that recently filed for bankruptcy an early ...
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ILLINOIS - Illinois State Board of Education officials say three nonprofit public charter school operators are receiving grants totaling more than $2 ...
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COLUMBUS — Ohio`s auditor says a now-closed charter school in Columbus failed to repay nearly $478,000 in state foundation overpayments after ...
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Three officials with the Noble Network of Charter Schools signed off on using an improperly obtained list of Chicago Public School students` names, ...
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The president of a nonprofit that supports charter schools in Colorado, Indiana, and Louisiana says high schools should change their focus.
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Alabama recently passed legislation to make charter schools a reality. With the passage of​ Act 2015-3, the Alabama State Department of Education, ...
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They include LISA Academy, Responsive Education Solutions, Haas Hall Academy, Academics Plus Charter Schools and eStem Public Charter ...
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A Dallas charter school principal, who proudly calls herself on of Donald Trump`s “deplorables,” is under fire for attacking a Fort Worth mom who was ...
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Atlanta Public Schools authorized Latin Academy, but as a charter school it operates independently from the system and has its own governing board.
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Students in Texas public and charter schools have to take STAAR tests so ... to meet quality guidelines can result in the state closing those schools.
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For those clamoring for a radical change to the way Ohio funds traditional and charter schools, the chairman of the House Education Committee has a ...
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Within two hours, A+Charter Schools, Inc., the corporate charter system in which Inspired Elementary School operates, issued the following statement ...
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     Leadership Governance...
Governance is THE job of Charter Boards, and the MACSB offers a framework for Board governance that will put you in command of your Academy while keeping you out of the trenches.

This model, which we title "Leadership Governance", is accurately based on the proven Policy Governance model (created by John Carver) which we have successfully tailored for Michigan Charter Boards.

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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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