A charter school petitioning for authorization by the SCSC must:
(1) Have a state-wide attendance zone; or
(2) Have a defined attendance zone and demonstrate that the charter school has special characteristics, such as a special population, a special curriculum, or some other feature or features which enhance educational opportunities.
For the 2017 Petition Cycle, new start-up charter schools must plan to open in the 2018-2019 school year or later. If required by the appropriate local board of education, the school must also have submitted a letter of intent to the local school district and prior to the school district’s deadlines. Local school districts deadlines for submitting letters of intent vary throughout the state. It is incumbent on the charter petitioner to identify the appropriate deadlines. It is not the responsibility of the local school district to inform prospective charter schools of deadlines.
Existing or established charter schools may apply for authorization by the SCSC in the 2017 Petition Cycle only if the charter school receives permission from its current authorizers to agree to rescind or waive the obligations of the current charter prior to the charter school’s submission of a petition to the SCSC. An existing charter school that is not approved by the SCSC may remain open provided the school’s existing charter obligations will expire prior to the effective date of the SCSC charter. The existing charter school may not need to have a planning year to being operations.