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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Apply to Open a Charter Public School

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 an initial application 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 2020-2021 Charter School Application and Review Process Timeline for Current Boards of Trustees

ActionDue Date
Letter of Intent DeadlineWednesday, July 1, 2020 by 12:00 noon
Proven Provider Request Deadline (as applicable)Thursday, July 30, 2020 by 12:00 noon
Proven Provider Determination by Commissioner (as applicable)September 2020
Final Application DeadlineFriday, October 23, 2020 by 12:00 noon
Public HearingsNovember 2020
Final Applicant InterviewsDecember 2020
Commissioner Decision and Board Vote (if recommended)February 2021

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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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these estimates may change significantly

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Enrollment Projections by District for New Applications and Expansion Amendments
These projections are made available to assist applicants in planning for the submission of a charter application or charter expansion but do not guarantee the number of seats available for award in any district in FY2021. The actual number of seats that may be available for award 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 changes in the net school spending (NSS) caps of individual districts. The availability of seats in any district is subject to change and, in this year, we anticipate those changes may be significant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants should expect significant variation in the number of projected seats available for award once state and local budgets are finalized, which may not be until well into FY2021. The Department will discuss adjustments to projections with applicant groups when updated FY2021 net school spending is available.

Last Updated: May 20, 2020

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