- How to start a charter school in California
Most successful charter school developers engage in a lengthy,
thorough and detailed process of planning their school, drafting
their charter, gaining approval of the charter and starting their
school. This process can take anywhere from several months to a
year -- or more.
Most start with a 25- to 50-page business plan for the school.
They typically include mission and vision statements, educational
options, a marketing plan, operations plan, management team
biographies and a financial plan
The first required step in starting a charter school is to draft
a proposed charter petition and related documents. A charter
petition acts as a contract between the school and a charter
granting agency which is usually the local school district or
county office of education in the location that serves the student
the schools would draw from.
At a minimum, a charter petition is legally required to have the
- Petition signatures
- Assurances, including that the charter school will not
discriminate, teach religion, or charge tuition
- Comprehensive descriptions of 16 required topics
- Information on how the charter school might effect the district
in which it is located
- A financial plan, including startup costs, three years of
monthly cash flow projections and an operating budget
After officially receiving the charter position, the board of
the charter granting agency then must hold a public hearing within
30 days and must vote on a granting/denial decision within 60 days
of when the petition is submitted.
— Source: Charter Schools Development Center
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:00 am
Founders of a proposed charter school for the visual and
performing arts dropped off their petition at the Lodi Unified
School District office this week with hopes the school board will
approve its opening.
The application will be reviewed in-house by district staff
before possibly being going to the school board. Trustees make the
ultimate determination whether a charter school can open within the
district, and must do so within 60 days, according to state
Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:00 am.