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1 © Cummings Center, Suite 236C, Beverly, MA SDP Charter School PerformanceStandards Performance Standards WorkGroup Work Group Pt. 2 September 2013 SDP Charter School PerformanceStandards Performance Standards WorkGroup Work Group Pt. 2 September 2013

2 © 2013 Introductions Tracy Kelley - SchoolWorks Please share your name, your school, and why you are here. Tracy Kelley - SchoolWorks Please share your name, your school, and why you are here.

3 © 2013 Why we are here today… These workgroups have been charged to establish reasonable expectations SDP can adopt to ensure the charter schools in its portfolio are viable organizations with strong fiscal management and operational practices in place. Know that SDP is cognizant of the delicate balance between appropriate oversight and infringement on autonomy.

4 © 2013 Agenda o Introductions/Objectives o Why Are We Here? o Work-Group Deliberations/Findings o Think, Pair, Share Activity o Questions? o Next Steps

5 © 2013 Overall Objectives Develop standards for SDP’s oversight of charter school’s financial and operational performance through a process that is objective, transparent, and comprehensive. Gather stakeholder ideas and perspective while relying on a wide-range of sources to inform the development of SDP’s standards for oversight of charter school’s financial and operational performance. Ensure that matters of financial management and compliance do not get in the way of a school’s ability to provide a high quality education to its students.

6 © 2013 Why Are we Here? Today’s Objectives Review draft of SDP’s operational and financial performance standards that will be implemented to provide oversight of charter school performance. Identify strengths of the draft, areas of weakness, and areas that should revised. Ensure that the matters of financial and operational management and compliance contained in the draft do not get in the way of a school’s ability to provide a high quality education to its students.

7 © 2013 Why Now? …SDP needs to strengthen financial and operational performance standards that produced healthy, sustainable, and legally compliant charter schools. …Pennsylvania Charter School Law is vague and imprecise. …SDP does not currently have performance standards to evaluate a schools financial or operational outcomes.

8 © 2013 Pennsylvania Charter School Law - OVERVIEW Requires a “written charter” signed by authorizer incorporating provisions from application Requires SDP to “annually assess whether each charter school is meeting the goals of the charter” (Sect A) Requires that each charter school “submit an annual report” by August 1. Gives SDP “ongoing access to the records and facilities…to ensure compliance” (Sect A)

9 © 2013 Pennsylvania Charter School Law - OVERVIEW Allows SDP to revoke a charter where there are “violations of any of the conditions, standards or procedures contained in the written charter” (Sect A(1)). Does not define charter school operational performance standards or expectations, but ther are specific laws charter schools are required to comply. Prohibits a charter school from discriminatory “admissions policies or practices. Allows a school’s charter to include provisions for the “establishment of reasonable criteria to evaluate prospective students” (Sect A(2)).

10 © 2013 Pennsylvania Charter School Law Non-negotiables, Charter school law requires Compliance with federal statues  No Child Left Behind (NCLB)  Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  Internal Revenue Code for (501)c(3) organizations Compliance with state statutes  The Right to Know  The Sunshine Act  The Public School Code of 1949  The Public Officials and Employees Ethics Act

11 © 2013 Work-Group Deliberations This summer SDP sent a call for members of the charter community to participate in sessions to help draft financial and operational standards. 3 sessions and 9 hours of discussions were held between August 26 th and 28 th. Contributors came from FACTS, Performing Arts, Khepera, MCSCS, New Foundations, Global Leadership, Russell Byers, Southwest, YouthBuild, MAST, KIPP, Franklin Towne, Independence, Mastery, and the Mayor’s office.

12 © 2013 Work-Group Resources Financial and Operational Performance Standards EXEMPLARS

13 © 2013 What SDP Heard You Say SDP standards must be clear, transparent and not overly intrusive. SDP should only measure the minimum requirements, not the maximum. SDP should monitor schools fidelity to its original mission. SDP standards should include 3-4 performance levels – not “all-or-nothing”.

14 © 2013 What SDP Heard You Say SDP should monitor “Barriers to Entry” (admissions and enrollment policies), giving consideration to school’s unique mission and program. SDP should establish a list of “triggers” that alert SDP to schools in immediate financial distress, prompting SDP to do a deeper dive into school finances (i.e. days cash on hand less than 30). SDP should establish a list of high-quality auditors to ensure audit reports are reliable and thorough.

15 © 2013 Work-Group Findings Delaware model was identified as having performance criteria with the most specificity and clarity, by some. Delaware limits oversight only to what was required by law and/or contract. Delaware has a binary rating scale good at identifying compliance.

16 © 2013 Work-Group Findings The focus group gravitated to the Indianapolis model for these reasons: Indianapolis Mayor’s office was seen as stylistically easier to understand (i.e. Core Questions) Indianapolis used graduated rating scale, which was good for non-compliance areas-Exceeds Standard, Meets Standard-for appropriate metrics (i.e. “Is the organization effective and well run?”)

17 © 2013 Think it Through… In small groups, please answer these three questions, be prepared to share your findings with the group. 1. What are the strengths of the draft? 2. What are missing from the draft? 3. What in the draft needs to be changed?

18 © 2013 Wrap-up… Did We… Review draft of SDP’s operational and financial performance standards that will be implemented to provide oversight of charter school performance. Identify strengths of the draft, areas of weakness, and areas that should revised. Ensure that the matters of financial and operational management and compliance contained in the draft do not get in the way of a school’s ability to provide a high quality education to its students.

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20 Next Steps… Jennifer M. Nagourney Charter Schools Office The School District of Philadelphia 440 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA (office) (fax)


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