Board Policy: Charter Schools
The Atlanta Board of Education (ABE) supports student success and school choice by authorizing charter schools that provide innovative, high quality learning opportunities for students who reside in the City of Atlanta. It is the Board's intent that by authorizing high quality charter schools, the district can learn from innovative and unique programs that advance student achievement.
The petition must contain a detailed plan that demonstrates all of the following information:
If the charter petitioner intends to contract or has contracted for the services of another entity to manage the school or any of its operations, this information shall be included in the charter petition, including a copy of the contract. Employees or members of any entity supplying services to the school and immediate relatives of such employees and members may not sit on the governing board of the charter school. The charter petitioner may not through any contract abrogate its responsibility as a charter holder or otherwise limit its obligation to be subject to the management and control of the ABE.
The ABE shall consider petitions for approval once each calendar year in accordance with state timelines. The ABE shall approve or deny all properly submitted petitions within sixty (60) days after the petitioner's submission. After an initial review, applications found to be incomplete will be returned to the petitioner with instructions for resubmission in a subsequent petition cycle if desired.
Petitions that are approved by the ABE for a conversion, local start-up charter school, LEA start-up, or renewal term will be delivered to the Georgia Department of Education for review by the State Board of Education. Petitioners whose petitions are denied by the ABE will be provided a written statement of the reasons for denial within sixty (60) days of the ABE action. A denial of the petition by the ABE does not preclude the submission to the ABE of a new or revised petition by the petitioner during a subsequent petition submission cycle.
For each locally approved start-up or renewal petition receiving approval from the State Board of Education, the ABE and the petitioner will execute a legal agreement to operate the charter school. The agreement will incorporate, but not be limited to, the entire content of the approved petition.
The ABE may terminate a charter legal agreement if the charter school does not meet one or more of the following requirements during the charter term:
Termination requests originating with the local board will be in accordance with local hearing procedures, State Board of Education rules, and applicable state law.
This amended policy applies to all new charter petitions and existing charter schools as of the start of the 2008 - 2009 school year.
The Superintendent is authorized to develop regulations to implement this policy.