DeKalb Schools administration has taken another stab at rewriting the charter school board policies and it is on the agenda for the July 13 board meeting. They have provided answers to many financial and HR autonomy questions. Let me know your thoughts.
• Autonomy – Because the recommended amount of autonomy for charters has changed several times in recent years, the new policies do not address it.
• The district can review the amount of autonomy requested by each petitioner and gauge the charter petitioner’s capacity to operate with that autonomy.
• Substantial Autonomy – The state acknowledges each district will need to define what substantial autonomy looks like.
• The state’s current conversion charter contract template includes a provision that allows district to define the autonomy received by conversion charter schools.
• Funding – DCSD will fund its charter schools in accordance with state laws and rules.
- Proposed – Policy IBB
- Proposed – Policy IBB-R
- IBB Revisions Chart
- Conversion Charter Funding And Autonomy
[This section added on 7/10] Charter school petitioners are given this document to give them guidance in the roles and responsibilities of the charter governance board. The autonomy described in this document effectively gives conversion charter governance boards the same autonomy as traditional school councils.
|Autonomy||Personnel Decisions||Financial Decisions|
|Conversion Charter Governing Board
Local School Governance Team Roles and Responsibility
|1. Participates in the process to hire the principal, submitting two to three candidates for District consideration.2. Conducts stakeholder surveys regarding school and principal performance3. Provides input … [for this and that]||1. Provides input into the school budget2. Utilizes undesignated funds|
|System Level GovernanceRoles & Responsibility||1. Establishes types of positions2. Manages all hiring decisions||1. Manages number of positions budgeted2. Manages fiscal affairs3. Establishes the compensation model including salary schedules, bonuses or performance-based increases|
Conversion Charter School Funding & Autonomy in Proposed Board Policy IBB & IBB-R
Stan Jester – Question: “We discussed that the state gives guidance on funding independent charters and little guidance in funding conversion charters. How to fund conversion charters, financial and HR autonomy are some of the biggest pain points for conversion charters right now. Many conversion charters are looking to renew their charter in August and need guidance from the district congruent with the state memo. The charter policy updates do not address conversion charter funding and finance/hr autonomy. What is the status of updating the charter policy changes to reflect hr and finance? I don’t see any reason we can’t fund conversion charters like independent charters if they are high performing charters requesting that autonomy. ”
Georgia Department of Education Rules
Charter School Rule and Guidance which was approved by the SBOE at their November, 2014
- 160-4-9-.04 Charter Schools Definitions
- 160-4-9-.05 Charter Schools Petition Process
- 160-4-9-.06 Charter Authorizers, Financing, and Management
- Charter Authorizers, Financing, and Management Guidelines
- Charter Schools Petition Process Guidelines
- State Board of Education Meeting Report November 2014
Related Links and Documents
- Rewriting DeKalb Charter School Policies – Part 1
- OCGA § 20-2-2060 – CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT OF 1998
- 06/01/2015 Agenda Item – Charter Policy Update
- Druid Hills Charter Cluster Petition Saga
- State Memo – charters must be autonomous
- McNair Conversion Charter Petition – Autonomous personnel and financial decisions – Page 33 – “The school will implement a rigorous interview process to select and hire highly qualified teachers”