FR Doc 2011-3011[Federal Register: February 10, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 28)]
[Page 7549-7550]
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Notice of Submission for OMB Review

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Comment Request.


SUMMARY: The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, 
Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management 
invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
March 14, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, be faxed to (202) 395-
5806 or e-mailed to with a cc: to Please note that written comments received in 
response to this notice will be considered public records.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an 
early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The 
OMB is particularly interested in comments which: (1) Evaluate whether 
the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of 
the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond, including through the use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: February 4, 2011.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Office of Innovation and Improvement

    Type of Review: New.
    Title of Collection: Charter School Authorizer Annual Update.
    OMB Control Number: Pending.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency of Responses: Annually.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, and 
Tribal Government.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 900.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,025.
    Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education has as one of its 
important policy goals expanding the number of high-quality public 
school choice options. Specifically, according to Part B section 5201 
of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, two of the established 
purposes of the Charter School Program office are: Evaluating the 
effects of charter schools, including

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the effects on students, student academic achievement, staff and 
parents; and expanding the number of high-quality charter schools 
available to students across the nation.
    Charter school authorization is the center of efforts to expand and 
ensure high-quality public school choice options through public charter 
schools. Charter school authorizers are the public entities primarily 
responsible for: Initial charter authorizations, on-going monitoring 
and oversight, and charter renewal and closure decisions. Currently 
there is not a comprehensive, fully-populated tool for tracking the 
activities of and evaluating the quality of authorizers nationwide 
based on their authorizing decisions in light of schools' performance. 
The charter authorizer survey will be the key tool by which the 
National Charter School Resource Center collects the following data 
elements from the nation's charter school authorizers: Authorizing 
agency; authorizing agency type (e.g., school district, State 
Educational Agency, independent authorizer), basic school information, 
year the school opened, past renewal decision(s), reasons for 
nonrenewal (if applicable), year closed (if applicable), reason for 
closure (if applicable), and the next renewal decision year. The 
charter school authorizer survey will be administered once annually, in 
the spring. Respondents will be able to complete and return the survey 
in paper form or electronically, by visiting a link stated on the paper 
        Requests for copies of the information collection submission for 
OMB review may be accessed from the Web site at or from the Department's Web site 
at, by selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' 
link and by clicking on link number 4441. When you access the 
information collection, click on ``Download Attachments'' to view. 
Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. 
Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify the 
complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number 
when making your request.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-

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