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Massachusetts Charter Schools


Each school is assigned a liaison who is able to respond to inquiries regarding any aspect of charter school accountability. Here is a list of charter schools and liaisons.

Charter School Student Opportunity Act Plan Template

In November 2019, the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) was signed into law, which aims to increase investments in public schools over the next seven years. The Department requires school districts, as well as charter schools, to develop plans regarding the use of additional SOA funds, as well as other entitlement funds, to close achievement gaps using evidence-based programs and supports. In January and February 2020, we informed charter schools of their obligations under the Student Opportunity Act.

All charter schools (both Commonwealth and Horace Mann) must complete the "Short Form" SOA Plan template (attached) and submit it to the Department by Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Once the FY21 budget is finalized, and charter school tuition rates have been published, the Department may ask charter schools receiving over a certain amount of FY21 SOA funds to submit an additional SOA "Long Form" budget.

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Charter School SOA Plan Template
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