FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is a Charter System?
A: A charter system is a local school system that is operating under the terms of a contract between the local Board of Education and the State Board of Education as provided by the Charter Systems Act. A Charter System provides the opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents, and school boards to have greater flexibility to determine the educational needs of students within their district and requires a certain degree of school level governance in the system. To become a charter system, the local school system must submit a charter school petition to the Department of Education after such petition has been approved by the local board. As a charter system all schools within the system are charter schools. Therefore, the following questions that discuss a single charter school will apply to all schools in a charter system.
Q: What is a charter petition?
A: A charter petition includes:
- An education plan or school improvement plan
- A governance plan
- A business plan
- School organization plan
- Waivers needed to implement proposed plans
Q: What is the difference between a charter school system and a traditional public school system?
A: A traditional public school system is organized according to federal laws, state school laws, State Board of Education rules, and local Board of Education policies. A charter school system is organized according to federal laws, applicable state school laws and SBOE rules that cannot be waived, and the terms of the charter contract.