Authorizing Shopping: Lessons from Experience and Ideas for the Future

Reports
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers
09 Mar, 2016

A new report released today by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) finds authorizer shopping—when a charter school chooses or changes its authorizer specifically to avoid accountability—is an ongoing threat to charter school quality throughout the nation. The report, “Authorizing Shopping: Lessons from Experience and Ideas for the Future,” provides five mini-case studies of the practice in action and calls for changes to practices and policies to prevent it.

“As authorizers and states have increased performance expectations for charter schools, failing schools have taken advantage of loopholes in state policy to remain open,” said Greg Richmond, NACSA President and CEO. “This goes against everything quality authorizing stands for, which is to ensure that only great schools given the privilege of educating our children.”