Resources & Research

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An Act to Create a Public Charter School Program in Maine

This is a copy of the June 2011 state law to create a public charter school program in Maine. It outlines what constitutes a charter school, governance and ethics standards, who will serve as authorizers, evaluation requirements, funding plans and school payment schedules, teacher qualifications and provisions regarding collective bargaining, facilities access, and inclusion in athletics programs, among other key issues. The Maine Department of Education will develop plans to implement the law. 

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Findings and Conclusions: Charter School Landlord Denied Property Tax Exemption, Indiana

This June 2011 Findings and Conclusions from the Allen County (Indiana) Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals provides details about the denial of a property tax exemption for Jerit, CS Fund 1 LLC for a site it owns in Fort Wayne, Indiana that is leased by Imagine Schools, Inc., for a charter school. The denial was the subject of an article in The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne.

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Charter Schools: Solutions for DoD Families

This presentation summarizes the start-up and operation of Belle Chasse Academy charter school on Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Louisiana.

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Military Child Education, National Charter Schools Conference

This presentation provides context and background about the education of students from military families and the role of charter schools. Dr. Jean Silvernail, Director, Education Division, U.S. Pacific Command, presented the information at the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of a panel about charter schools on military bases. The presentation covers issues related to the high mobility of military families and the demand for charter schools and the challenges they face.

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Charter School Start-Up Summary, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona

This presentation summarizes the start-up of the Sonoran Science Academy charter school on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. Base Deputy Civil Engineer Michael Toriello delivered the presentation at the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of a panel about charter schools on military bases. The presentation covers the conditions that drove interest in starting a charter school, facility planning, selection of a school developer, communication and outcomes.

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Online Academy: Positive Behavior Support Modules

These materials are used to train professionals to facilitate teams implementing individualized positive behavior support (PBS) plans. The content is meant to be completed in conjunction with onsite case study support and field-based activities. Seven modules comprise this toolkit: 1.) Foundations of PBS; 2.) Functional Assessment; 3.) Development and Implementation of PBS Plans; 4.) Intervention Strategies (Part I); 5.) Intervention Strategies (Part II); 6.) Redesigning Environmental Systems; and 7.) Creating Positive Lifestyles.

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Positive Behavioral Supports and the Law

This article defines Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and explains how it is discussed in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The article addresses reasons to emphasize PBIS, IDEA's requirements to use functional assessments and consider PBIS, and IDEA and PBIS professional development.

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Reducing Effectiveness of Bullying Behavior in Schools

This document provides an overview of how school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) serves as a framework for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of practices to prevent school violence and bullying behavior. This overview is organized around eight questions: 1.) What do we know about preventing violence in schools? 2.) What is positive behavioral interventions and supports? 3.) How does school-wide PBIS relate to the prevention of bullying behavior? 4.) What is the PBIS approach to preventing bullying behavior?

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School-Wide Positive Behavior Support: Implementers’ Blueprint and Self-Assessment

The purpose of this blueprint is to provide implementers with definitions, descriptions, and guidelines that allow for accurate and durable implementation of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) practices and systems.

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What Is Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

This brief provides a quick summary of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) including: 1.) What is School-wide PBIS? 2.) What does PBIS emphasize? and 3.) What Outcomes Are Associated with Implementation of school-wide PBIS?