Please join the Progressive Policy Institute
for a forum on
Improving Charter School Accountability:
The Challenge of Closing Failing Schools
June 26, 2012
9 – 10:30 a.m.
National Press Club, Zenger Room
529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
David Osborne, Author of new PPI Report, "Improving Charter School Accountability: The Challenge of Closing Failing Schools"
Greg Richmond, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Nancy Van Meter, American Federation of Teachers
Lindsey Burke, The Heritage Foundation
Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute
Today some 5,600 charter schools are in operation with more than two million students. Although the charter movement is now in its third decade, some critics persist in a fruitless argument that these schools have failed, despite clear evidence to the contrary. There are, nonetheless, low-performing charter schools that must be either improved or shut down. Indeed, when it comes to accountability, charter schools have an enormous advantage over traditional public schools – failing schools can be closed.
But is this happening often enough? What obstacles do charter school authorizers face when they try to close underperforming schools? What tools do they need to measure school performance comprehensively? How can we enable authorizers to quicken the pace of school closures, and how can we improve authorizing to avoid the chartering of weak schools in the first place?
PPI will explore these questions in a public forum featuring some of the nation’s leading thinkers on education accountability and reform. We will also release a new report, "Improving Charter School Accountability: The Challenge of Closing Failing Schools", by David Osborne.
Please join us for this stimulating and timely discussion on charter school accountability.