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NACSA Reports Increase in Charter School Closure Rates
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) on April 18, 2013, released its fifth annual review of practices and policies of the organizations that approve and monitor charter schools, reporting that school closure rates increased from 2011 to 2012.
Among other findings in the State of Charter School Authorizing 2012, the overall closure rate during the process of evaluating schools for renewal increased from 6.2 percent to 12.9 percent. The overall closure rate outside the renewal process increased from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent.
NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond said in his introduction to the report that the data suggest "a positive trend”, but that as “authorizers close failing schools they must work to replace those schools with many more excellent schools.”
The report, based mainly on a survey of 157 authorizers, also identifies trends in the use of NACSA practices and provides information about the number and types of authorizers.