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Planning Year for New Preliminary Charter Schools


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Policy TitlePlanning Year for New Preliminary Charter Schools
Policy CategoryPublic School Employee Charter Schools Administration (CHTR)
Policy IDCHTR-013
Policy Date2014-11-06
Previous Policy Dates 11/02/2006, 10/03/2013

Formerly TCS-U-013


Planning Year for New Charter Schools

All new nonprofit boards receiving a charter must participate in a year-long planning program prior to the charter school’s opening for students.  The planning year provides an applicant time to prepare for the implementation of the school’s curricular, financial, marketing, and facility plans.  During this planning year, regular meetings are held with the Board of Directors and consultants from the Office of Charter Schools to provide information on the following topics: school opening plans, staff development, finance, governance, board training, marketing, policies and procedures, securing a school site, and hiring a school administrator.

Final approval of the charter will be contingent upon successfully completing all of the planning program requirements.

The State Board of Education, in its discretion, may accelerate the mandatory planning year to increase the number of high quality charter schools.  In considering whether to accelerate the planning year, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

1.   Demonstrate a clear and compelling need for the accelerated planning year;

2.   Partner with a two of four year institution of higher education in North Carolina;

3.   Verify the absence of a charter school in the proposed county of location; and

4.   Agree to participate in the planning year while the charter application is being reviewed without any guarantee of charter award.

Once evidence for the requirements has been verified, the State Board will also consider the presence or absence of the following factors in making its determination:

1.     Unique mission and educational program.

2.     Local, state, and national nonprofit partnerships committed to assisting the school.

3.     Potential for economic and educational development of the region.

4.     Mentoring by a successful organization that has experience in creating public schools.

5.     Obstacles to educational reform efforts that leave chartering as an available option.

6.     Commitment to work with a successful charter school board as a guiding mentor.

The above list is not exclusive or controlling and is intended to guide the exercise of the State Board’s discretion.  An applicant requesting acceleration must submit the request to the State Board of Education prior to the application due date for consideration.

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