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A Management Review of Commonwealth Charter Schools [microform]
Bib ID 5667427
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General, Boston
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
165 p. 
Summary

This report focuses on the business operations of 24 charter schools in Massachusetts. The legislation authorizing the establishment of public charter-school in Massachusetts stipulated that a study of these schools' operations, practices, and activities must be conducted. The information gathered in the review came from the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE), charter- school records, and interviews with officials of the DOE's charter-school office. To date, charter-school business operations have received little scrutiny, with the bulk of assessment being directed at educational effectiveness. The 24 schools in this review were granted charters between 1994 and 1996, and consisted of seven elementary schools, five combined elementary-middle schools, five middle schools, six high schools, and one school serving students in K-12. The report's 17 central findings highlight weaknesses that could undermine charter schools' ability to achieve their educational objectives. These are in the areas of contracting practices, internal controls, and procurement procedures. The report's recommendations are aimed at strengthening the Massachusetts charter-school initiative, increasing charter-school accountability, and protecting the public's investment in charter schools. The analysis focuses on contracts with private management contractors, conflict of interest, loans, financial management and oversight, procurement procedures, and facility leasing. Two appendices contain the DOE's response and a list of 26 resources. (RJM)

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May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Business Administration.  |  Charter Schools.  |  Educational Administration.  |  Educational Assessment.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Operating Expenses.  |  School Demography.  |  State Surveys.  |  Summative Evaluation.  |  Massachusetts
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General, Boston
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