What are Charter Schools?
Charter schools are public schools. They operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools but agree to greater accountability. Charter schools empower parents and students with more options for a quality public education so that students will meet their academic potential. Charter schools use lottery selection as a basis for student admission. A lottery is a random selection process by which applicants are admitted to the charter school. A lottery is conducted if more students apply than can be accommodated.
Charter schools comply with all applicable state and federal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations. The board of trustees of a charter school have general supervisory control and authority over the operations of the school.
The 'charter' establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. Charters are granted for a term of five years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school's contract. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor, usually a state or local school board, to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract.
In exchange for this accountability, charter schools have greater flexibility to choose the methods and processes they believe will best help the school deliver results. Innovative teaching practices and strategies, class structure and other academic tools can be used and tested and then quickly modified to meet the needs of the student population. Since the initiative to start a charter school can come from a wide variety of entities - parents, teachers, community/business leaders, entrepreneurs and school districts, for example - there typically is significant community involvement and support.
There are four primary objectives to the New Hampshire Charter School Program:
|About Charter Schools||Charter School Dissemination Subgrant|
|Accountability/Reporting Requirements||Charter School Renewal Process and Renewal Information|
|Inspection Forms and Fiscal Requirements||Charter School Approval Process (requires authorization by State Board of Education) - Step 1|
|Approved Charter Schools||Charter School Start-up Funding Process and Information - Step 2|
|Approved Charter Schools (CLOSED)||Helpful Resources|
|Charter School Advisory Committee||Charter School Happenings and Events|
Roberta E. C. Tenney
Charter School Program
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