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The 21st Century Charter Schools Initiative

The 21st Century Charter Schools Initiative

C-5. Are there

C-5. Are there Department resources one can use to find more information on the Title I supplemental educational services provisions? D. Charter Schools and Corrective Action…………………………………………...14 D-1. D-2. Does NCLB give either States or authorizers the authority to reorganize a charter school’s management and enforce other corrective actions? Under the “corrective action” provisions, NCLB allows LEAs to convert low-performing Title I schools into charter schools. How might a State explain the manner in which this provision would be implemented? E. Qualifications of Teachers and Paraprofessionals……………………………….15 E-1. E-2. In general, what are the “highly qualified teacher” requirements under NCLB? What qualifications do teachers in charter schools have to meet under NCLB? E-4 What qualifications do charter school paraprofessionals have to meet? E-4. E-5. E-6. E-7. When must paraprofessionals meet these requirements? If a charter school does not accept Title I funds, must it comply with these requirements for paraprofessionals? Must charter school LEAs reserve a portion of their Title I funds for professional development if they currently meet the “highly qualified” requirements for charter school teachers and the new requirements for paraprofessionals? Which entity is responsible for ensuring that charter schools comply with NCLB’s charter school teacher quality requirements? 4

Summary of Major Changes This updated version of the nonregulatory guidance in the impact of Title I requirements (under the No Child Left Behind Act) on charter schools responds to inquiries that the Department has received since issuing the original guidance on this these issues in August, 2003. The new version addresses issues relating to charter school accountability and charter school lotteries. Significant changes are as follows. • Item A-3 discusses whether a charter school that is its own LEA is treated as a school, or as a local educational agency, in need of improvement under the Title I Section 1116 requirements. • Item A-5 describes the accountability-related responsibilities that the authorized public chartering authority, or another entity designated under State law, must carry out when a charter school has been identified as in need of improvement under Title I. • Item A-6 describes the resources that may be available to support the authorized public chartering authority (or other entity) in carrying out those responsibilities. • Item B-3, as revised, clarifies that a charter school that receives assistance under the Department’s Charter Schools Program may use an admissions lottery that gives extra weight to students seeking to change schools under the Title I public school choice requirements. The other changes made in this version of the guidance are primarily editorial, and seek to clarify statements made in the previous version. 5

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