The following documents are public records and are available for each Massachusetts charter school upon request.
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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) or Commissioner may impose conditions on a school's charter for violations of law or failure to make progress with student achievement, failure to adhere to and enhance its recruitment and retention plan, failure to comply with the terms of its charter, or failure to remain viable (603 CMR 1.12(1)). The Board may place a charter school on probation if in its judgment the imposition of a condition alone would be insufficient to remediate the problem. The Board may impose conditions on the school's charter that require the school to address specific areas of concern. Placing a school on probation signals concern about the school's viability and permits the Board to suspend a school's charter immediately if the school fails to remedy the causes of its probation. The Department may require a charter school on probation to establish an escrow account in an amount determined by the Department in consultation with the charter school to pay for closing, legal, and audit expenses associated with closure should that occur (603 CMR 1.12(2)).
The following schools are currently operating under conditions or probation. Below, please find memoranda that outline the justification for and provide the specifics of the conditions or probation for each school.
Argosy Collegiate Charter School (conditions) — September 2020
Baystate Academy Charter Public School (conditions) — September 2020
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School (conditions) — April 2021
Boston Green Academy Horace Mann Charter School (conditions) — February 2021
Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (conditions) — September 2020
City on a Hill Charter Public School (probation) — June 2020
Codman Academy Charter Public School (conditions) — April 2021
Community Charter School of Cambridge (conditions) — February 2020
Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School (conditions) — September 2020
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School (probation) — June 2020
Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School Chelsea (conditions) — April 2021
Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School Springfield (conditions) — January 2019
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School (conditions) — April 2021
Roxbury Preparatory Charter School (conditions) — February 2019
SABIS International Charter School (conditions) — September 2020
Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School (conditions) — March 17, 2017
UP Academy Charter School of Boston (conditions) — April 2021
Charter schools may cease operation for a variety of reasons. The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) may vote its intent to non-renew, revoke, or suspend the charter of a charter school; a charter school's board of trustees (board) may vote to voluntarily surrender its charter; or a board may not file an application for renewal of a public charter. In the case of Commonwealth charter schools, upon expiration, non-renewal, surrender, or revocation of the charter, the school closes permanently. In the case of Horace Mann charter schools, while the charter may cease to exist, the District may continue operation of the school, but without charter status. The Charter School Factsheet lists charter schools that have closed since 1995.
The following schools plan to close or will cease operation as a charter school. For information on the closing obligations of charter schools, see Charter School Closing Procedures.
Charter Schools Ceasing Operation as of July 1, 2020
City on a Hill Charter Public School New Bedford — to close July 1, 2020
Bentley Academy Charter School — to cease operations as a Horace Mann charter school as of July 1, 2020
Last Updated: September 24, 2021
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