Renewal of a charter is based on evidence of meaningful progress on key measures of performance stated as follows:
- The well-being of students
- The academic success (improvement) of students
- The school’s faithfulness to its charter as defined by the contract
- The ability of leaders to communicate and transmit the mission and vision of the school
- The extent of parent and student satisfaction
- The extent of staff satisfaction with individual professional and organizational growth
- The organizational viability of the charter school
- The fiscal stability of the charter school
- The school’s record of contractual compliance, and The school’s record of legal compliance including federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) requirements and possible NCLB sanctions. (Authorizer Checklist Implementing NCLB Sanctions (PDF))
Renewal of a charter is usually for an additional four or five-year period. A school, however, may be placed on probation with a charter renewal period less than four or five years. Charter School Extension Guidelines (PDF) provide direction to the Office regarding renewal decisions.
Charter School Dissolution
In the event that a charter school must be closed either as the result of action taken by the Office of Charter Schools or by the charter school board, it is imperative that dissolution is accomplished in an orderly manner. Students and their parents must be provided assistance to find another school, student records must be properly transferred, personnel records maintained, and financial and contractual obligations met. Dissolution requires the cooperation of the Office and the charter school board. The Charter School Dissolution Plan (PDF) provides specific guidelines for actions that must taken to dissolve a charter school.