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Arkansas, charter authorizing panel

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Office for Education Policy

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Volume 10 Issue 07


Two types of charter schools exist in Arkansas: open-enrollment charter schools, which operate independently of any district, and district conversion charter schools, which operate within an existing school district. Charter schools have more autonomy on certain rules and regulations than traditional public schools; however, charter schools are held accountable for academic results and fiscal matters, as defined by the charters contract. Charter schools are approved and held accountable by a charter authorizer. In the 2013 General Assembly, a law passed to change Arkansas’ charter authorizer from the State Board of Education to a newly created panel within the Department of Education. The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a snapshot of charter authorizing across the United States and provide detailed information about Arkansas’ newly created Charter Authorizing Panel.