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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Governance

Amendment Requests to Change Charter Region, Maximum Enrollment, Grades Served, and new or existing Management Contracts

Subject to Approval of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

When a school receives its original charter and any subsequent renewals of that charter from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), the state approves the charter school's broad academic and organizational plans for the next five years. Any substantive changes to those plans require the approval of the BESE for an amendment to the school's charter before the changes are implemented. Charter amendments requiring approval by the BESE before they can be implemented include:

  • District(s) specified in a school's charter;
  • Maximum enrollment;
  • Grades served; or
  • Contractual relationship with an education management organization that is providing or planning to provide substantially all the school's educational services.

If a school is intending to pursue a charter amendment involving a change to maximum enrollment, the school can consult with the Department prior to submission to understand seat availability, and if the proven provider requirement applies to their request for additional seats. Please review the Department's analysis of projected seats available for charter award provided below.

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Enrollment Projections by District for New Applications and Expansion Amendments

Note: The actual number of seats that will be available in any district in any particular year cannot be predicted with certainty and is dependent on several factors, including district enrollment, district spending levels, student enrollment for existing charter schools, and potential changes to the applicable net school spending (NSS) cap for the district of interest. The availability of seats in any district is subject to change.

If a school is intending to pursue a charter amendment involving a management contract that is a new contract or the revision of an existing contract, the school must consult with the Department prior to submission of a signed agreement between the board and management organization. Please review the required elements of contracts for education services provided below.

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Required Elements of Contract for Educational Services

For information on how to complete an amendment request, please refer to the Amendment Guidelines below:

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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:

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Charter Amendment Cover Sheet
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Template of Request Letter for Charter Amendment Template
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Statement of Assurances for the Federal Charter School Program Grant


Last Updated: May 31, 2018
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