Massachusetts Charter Schools

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Apply to Open a Charter Public School (Current Board of Trustees)

The Application for a Massachusetts Commonwealth and Horace Mann Public Charter School for Current Boards of Trustees is for use only by current boards of trustees applying for additional charter(s). Current boards of trustees are exempt from submitting a prospectus but must still meet proven provider requirements, if applicable.

Boards of trustees must submit a complete final application for each proposed school in the network which addresses the criteria that is set forth in the charter statute, G.L. c. 71, § 89, and the charter school regulations, 603 CMR 1.04(3) and further elaborated in the Application for a Massachusetts Charter Public School for Current Boards of Trustees.

Boards of trustees that currently hold the charter(s) of school(s) that have undergone one successful renewal; are not presently under conditions or probation; and are identified as in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations are eligible to participate in the one stage cycle. Charter schools that do not meet all of these parameters may consult with the Department regarding their unique circumstances and eligibility. The final application review process for current boards of trustees is virtually identical to other categories of applicants.

Schedule for 2019-2020 Charter School Application and Review Process Timeline for Current Boards of Trustees

ActionDue Date
Letter of Intent DeadlineMonday June 3, 2019 by 12:00 noon
Proven Provider Request Deadline (as applicable)Tuesday, July 16, 2019 by 12:00 noon
Proven Provider Determination by Commissioner (as applicable)September 2019
Final Application DeadlineWednesday, October 16, 2019 by 12:00 noon
Public HearingsNovember 2019
Final Applicant InterviewsDecember 2019
Commissioner Decision and Board Vote (if recommended)February 2020

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District Information on Enrollment Projections for New Applications and Expansion Amendments
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Commonwealth and Horace Mann Charter School Application for Current Board of Trustees
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Five Year Budget and First Year Cash Flow Projection Template
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Instructions for Current Board of Trustees seeking Proven Provider for New Charter

Application Resources

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Checklist for Board of Trustees Bylaws
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Checklist for Enrollment Policy and Application for Admission
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Draft Recruitment and Retention Plan for Applicant Use
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Required Elements of Contracts for Educational Services for Applicant Use
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Required and Recommended Elements of a Memorandum of Understanding (Horace Mann)

 
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