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New Dimensions of Sponsorship

Since the late 1990s, there’s been growing discussion about the sponsor’s role – in the ongoing oversight as well as in its initial approval. This paper explores whether sponsors might also play an active role in soliciting proposals.

Mike Smith: The Need for Innovation in the National Strategy

In a commentary included in Education Week's 15-year retrospective on standards-based systemic reform, one of the authors of that strategy noted: It made no place for innovation. Mike Smith affirms the need for an element of innovation, and looked to the charter sector to provide that.

Sponsoring Charters: A Resource Guide for Minnesota Authorizers

A guide for charter school authorizing, from the decision to authorize through contract development. It covers how to assist and oversee the school, and clarifies the relationship to and duties of the state department of education, the sponsor and the board of the chartered school. It also explains the 'Sponsor-Initiated School,' whereby an authorizer actively solicits new school proposals.

The Current Theory of Action Contains a Critical Flaw

The current national strategy assumes the problem is a 'performance' problem, and looked to a new framework of accountability to get the current system and schools to do-better. But it might be that the problem is a 'design' problem and that both the institution and the traditional concept of 'school' need fundamental change.

Volunteers of America "Charter School Sponsor Guide."

This guide was developed by VOA-Minnesota as an example of what a sponsor guide might look like. VOA is one of Minnesota's largest and most competent sponsors. The guide demonstrates that "sponsoring" is a transparent process and is ongoing. The performance of a chartered school develops, improves; so should the sponsor's oversight of the school. The VOA Guide includes its actual review procedures from beginning to....never an end!