All amendments to board approved policies that require alignment to published Department guidance require provisional approval by the Department prior to Commissioner approval. Provisional approval ensures that all changes align to current Department guidance and requirements. Please refer to the table below to determine the staff member who will review and provide provisional approval to the type of document the school seeks to amend. Prior to submission, any specific questions regarding Department guidance or the review process should be directed to the individual named below. Please submit the draft document directly to the individual via email.
Preliminary approval is required for changes to:
Accountability Plan Guidelines
Criteria for Bylaws Checklist
Charter School Technical Advisory 16-3: Enrollment Processes and FAQ's
Enrollment Policy and Practice Frequently Asked Questions
Criteria for Enrollment Policy and Application for Admission Checklist
Criteria for Expulsion Policy Checklist
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 CharterSchoolAmendments@mass.gov for Commissioner approval without consultation with the Department.
Consultation with Department staff is not required prior to submission for changes to:
For information on how to complete an amendment request, please refer to the Amendment Guidelines below.
Guidelines for Charter Amendments Subject to Commissioner Approval
All amendment requests shall include a Charter Amendment Cover Sheet and a Charter Amendment Request Letter for Commissioner Approval. 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 Subject to Commissioner Approval
If a school is proposing to permanently 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.
School Schedule Template
Last Updated: May 23, 2023
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