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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Recruitment and Retention Plans

Every charter school must submit a Recruitment and Retention Plan every year as part of the Annual Report. The plan must list deliberate, specific strategies the school will use to attract, enroll, and retain a student population that includes students who are:

  • Limited English Proficient,
  • Special education,
  • Low income (free lunch and reduced-price eligible),
  • Sub-proficient on the MCAS,
  • At risk of dropping out of school,
  • Have dropped out of school,
  • Any others who should be targeted to eliminate achievement gaps.

The compendium of strategies was collected from both Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools recruitment and retention plans from across the state. These are samples of activities designed to increase applications and enrollment for students’ in particular demographic groups.

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Charter Analysis and Review Tool (CHART)
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Compendium of Recruitment Strategies
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603 CMR 28.10 (6) Guidance and FAQs on Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-5
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2014 R & R Plans Webinar

Written Notice

Department model notices regarding the rights of students with disabilities and English language learners to receive accommodations and support services at charter schools, as required by recent changes to the charter school regulations (603 CMR 1.05(4)), are below. The Student Right to Attend Notice outlines the educational rights of children with disabilities and ELLs to attend Massachusetts public charter schools. They must it be given to all families as part of application and enrollment materials.

Other notice for families about availability of services should be found in a charter school’s outreach materials, Student/Family Handbook, and/or on the school’s website.

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Students with Disabilities Notice
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Students with Disabilities Notice (Chinese - Traditional)
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Students with Disabilities Notice (Haitian Creole)
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Students with Disabilities Notice (Portuguese)
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Students with Disabilities Notice (Spanish)
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ELL Notice
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ELL Notice (Chinese - Traditional)
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ELL Notice (Haitian Creole)
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ELL Notice (Portuguese)
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ELL Notice (Spanish)

Staff Qualifications

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Commonwealth Charter School Staff Qualification Requirements for IEP Services Delivery

Massachusetts Primer on Special Education and Charter Schools

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Section I: General Information
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Section II: Information for State Officials and Others
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Section III: Information for Charter School Operators


Last Updated: March 4, 2016
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