Mandated Topics: Charter Schools

Mandated Topics: Charter Schools

Charter Authorizing Boot Camp
PC6 | Friday, March 2 | 9 a.m.-noon
This three-hour workshop will serve as an orientation to authorizing and NACSA’s Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing, which articulate a set of beliefs about quality charter school authorizing and provide new authorizers with a road map to guide the planning and development of strong practices. Throughout this workshop, the focus will be on the role of the authorizing board in high-stakes decision-making, specifically application decisions. The workshop will be aligned with Kentucky’s charter school law. Furthermore, the session will be designed to encourage discussion and debate, and by the end of the workshop, participants will understand the principles that must be maintained to ensure that charter schools have both the autonomy to which they are entitled and the public accountability for which they are responsible. (Counts toward mandated charter training requirement)
 
Charter Schools | Charter Authorizers as Gatekeepers
A4 | Friday, March 2 | 3:15-4:30 p.m. 
B4 | Saturday, March 3 | 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Choosing which schools to open is arguably the most important decision an authorizer makes, and one of the most difficult. During this breakout session, NACSA will introduce participants to the key components of a quality application process and the board’s role in ensuring that charters are only granted to applicants who demonstrate strong capacity to establish and operate a quality charter school. (Counts toward mandated charter training requirement)
 
An Introduction to Kentucky’s Charter School Laws
C4 | Saturday, March 3 | 2-3:15 p.m.
Public charter schools became a reality in Kentucky when House Bill 520 went into effect on June 29, 2017. That bill as well as the four regulations recently promulgated by the Kentucky Department of Education constitute the legal framework governing charter schools. This session provides an overview of applicable laws and explores next steps for school boards. (Counts toward mandated charter training requirement)

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Board Service and Charter Authorizing
D4 | Saturday, March 3 | 3:30-4:45 p.m.
E3 | Sunday, March 4 | 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Meets mandated ethics training requirement
This session discusses financial conflicts of interest in general board service as well as those specific to charter authorizing. Statutory conflicts of interest that are unique to school board members are also covered, along with tips for avoiding perceived conflicts of interest in all aspects of board service, including conducting charter authorizer responsibilities. (Counts toward mandated charter training requirement; meets mandated ethics training requirement)
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