Policy Documents

High-Stakes: Findings from a National Study of Life-or-Death Decisions by Charter School Authorizers

Bryan C. Hassel, Meagan Batdorff –
February 2, 2004

This Brookings Institution study reviews the authorization decisions of 50 randomly selected charter school authorizers to draw conclusions about how well authorizers supervise their schools. Bryan C. Hassel and Meagan Batdorff conclude that states should allow multiple and non-school district authorizers because quality increases with the number of decisions an authorizer makes and school boards are not likely to make many. School boards are also more likely to make decisions based on politics rather than merit. States should also ensure authorizers have the resources and capacity to do their jobs and ensure transparency of the decision-making process.