New Database Will Track Who Runs Charter Schools

Source: John O’Connor, State Impact, August 4, 2015

Florida school districts will have a new way to track the financial and academic records of charter school operators. For the first time, a new database is connecting charter schools to who runs them. The goal is to reduce the number of charter schools that close. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers wants to create a paper trail. The group has launched a database that lists who is operating a school and includes performance data from the website GreatSchools.org. … William Haft with the association says it’s surprisingly difficult to track down who runs a charter school. … Nearly one in three Florida charter schools have closed since the state first allowed the publicly funded but privately run schools. And Florida charter schools were three times as likely to close during their first year than they were nationally during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Charter Operator Tracker
Source: National Association of Charter School Authorizers

The Charter Operator Tracker (Beta) is a new database of information about charter school management organizations and the schools they operate. Launched August 2015, the beta version focuses on Florida, a state where nearly 45 percent of charter schools work with management organizations. The Charter Operator Tracker (Beta) is a tool that authorizers and other stakeholders can rely on for access to objective, publicly-available data about management organizations and the schools they currently operate or have previously operated in Florida and throughout the country. Data is searchable by operator and by school. … Although we are launching the beta version of the Charter Operator Tracker in Florida, we welcome feedback from all authorizers to help improve and further develop the database. To request access or to receive updates about the Tracker, please email tracker@qualitycharters.org.