Lowering the paperwork barrier for charter schools

Lowering the paperwork barrier for charter schools


A recent report by the American Enterprise Institute, which we highlighted here, argued burdensome charter school applications were creating needless barriers for new schools.

Critics, including some charter school authorizers, pushed back, saying the report went too far, and that its recommendations would weaken charter school oversight.

Since then, Mike McShane, one of the lead authors of the report, has answered his critics.

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From the report: To be sure, many application tasks are well within authorizers’ rights to require, but others are unnecessary and unduly burdensome for applicants. This is a real problem for the groups of teachers that Shanker envisioned, who might lack the time or resources to tackle these outsized applications and create new educational options for students.