Renewal: Summer is a Great Time to get Ready for September Charter Submission

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June 22, 2012 Last week I co-presented a webinar on garnering support for charter renewal with my colleague from San Jose, Alicia Gallegos. It was the third is a series of webinars designed to support schools that are up for renewal in the 2013 school year.

The first workshop was on the knowing the rules for renewal. It was led by Lisa Corr, from Middleton, Young, & Minney, LLP. Believe it or not, the rules have changed! In November 2011, new regulations passed that clarified that renewing schools do not have to provide signatures with renewing petitions, among other important changes. Do you know the rules?

The second workshop focused on using data to support your renewal. API and Similar Schools Rank doesn't say it all! More authorizers are drilling into subgroup performance. Chico Unified has recently been focusing in on math and ELA scores, and made growth in these areas a stipulation for future renewals. It's important for school leaders to really know their strengths and weaknesses before you submit for renewal. Do you know your data?

The final workshop was on about how to develop a political and public relations strategy that will render the votes needed for approval. Alicia and I talked about power mapping school board members, developing a cohesive message that will move the members, and engaging the school community and the public in shoring up support. Have you counted your votes?

When school gets back in session, you won't have as much time to devote to preparing for a successful renewal. Use the (relative) free time in the summer to get ready for renewal! Check out our renewal resources here, or contact me directly to talk through your particular circumstances.

Laura Kerr
Managing Regional Director, Capitol & Central Valley