Massachusetts Charter Schools
Amendments of Board and School Policies, such as Bylaws and Enrollment Policy, and Mission-related Elements
Subject to Approval of the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
All amendments to board approved policies that require alignment to published Department guidance require preliminary approval by the Department prior to Commissioner approval. Preliminary approval ensures that all changes align to current Department requirements and guidance. Please refer to the listing below to determine the staff member who will review and provide preliminary approval to the type of document to be amended by the school. Please direct all questions regarding Department guidance, and submit the draft document directly to the individual indicated below.
Preliminary approval is required for changes to:
|Accountability Plan||Alison Bagg
Guidelines for Writing Accountability Plans
Criteria for Bylaws Checklist
|Enrollment policy & application for admission||Brenton Stewart
Enrollment Implementation Guidance
Criteria for Enrollment Policy and Application for Admission Checklist
|Expulsion policy||Ellie Rounds
Criteria for Expulsion Policy Checklist
|Memorandum of understanding for Horace Mann charter schools||Alyssa Hopkins
Required and Recommended Elements of a Memorandum of Understanding
All other amendments to terms of the school's charter may be voted upon by the board and submitted directly to the Department via firstname.lastname@example.org for Commissioner approval without consultation with the Department. While consultation is not required, schools are encouraged to speak directly with their accountability liaison to address any questions or concerns prior to submission.
Consultation is not required for changes to:
- School name;
- Governance or leadership structure;
- Educational programs, curriculum models, or whole-school designs that are inconsistent with those specified in the school's charter;
- Membership of the board of trustees;
- Schedule (e.g. length of school year, school week, or school day); and
- Location of facilities, if such change involves relocating or expanding to another municipality within the charter region.
If a school is proposing to change its schedule, length of school year, school week, or school day), the school must also submit a completed School Schedule Template with the request.
For information on how to complete an amendment request, please refer to the Amendment Guidelines below:
Charter Amendment Guidelines
All amendment requests shall include a Charter Amendment Cover Sheet and a Charter Amendment Request Letter. Charter Amendment Request Letters should briefly describe how the board came to decide to submit the charter amendment, why the amendment should be granted, and indicate specific concerns if the request is not granted, as applicable.
Templates for both documents can be found below.
Charter Amendment Cover Sheet
Template of Request Letter for Charter Amendment Template