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Charter School Review In Arkansas And Across The Nation, Nathan C. Jensen, Gary W. Ritter Jan 2010

Charter School Review In Arkansas And Across The Nation, Nathan C. Jensen, Gary W. Ritter

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At the most recent State Board of Education meeting, State Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell addressed the need for more monitoring of charter schools to ensure that these schools meet their stated goals, including the types of students they intend to serve and the scope of the schools’ curricula. Additionally, he noted that the current process for reviewing applications for charter schools is inadequate, and acknowledged the need for a more systematic review process. As a result, Dr. Kimbrell reported that the state is planning to create a charter review council that will serve two important functions: reviewing charter applications prior …