The State Charter School Commission’s petition review process is discussed in detail in SCSC Rule 691-2-.02. Georgia law requires prospective charter applicants seeking authorization from the SCSC to also submit the same petition to local boards of education as follows:
(1) A charter school that has a statewide attendance zone that is petitioning for authorization by the SCSC must submit its petition to the local board of education in which the school is proposed to be located concurrently with its submission of its petition to the SCSC. The submission of the charter petition to the local board of education is for informational purposes only. In other words, a charter school that has a statewide attendance zone does not need to be denied by a local board of education prior to authorization by the SCSC.
(2) A charter school that has a statewide attendance zone that only provides virtual instruction that is petitioning for authorization by the SCSC does not need to submit a charter petition to a local board of education.
(3) A charter school that has a defined attendance zone must submit its petition to the local board of education in which the school is proposed to be located and to each local school system from which the proposed school plans to enroll students. The charter school must submit the petition to the local boards of education in accordance with the deadlines established by those local boards of education. 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. A charter school that has a defined attendance zone that does not submit it petition to the local board of education in which the school is proposed to be located by the deadline established by that local board of education will not be considered by the SCSC. The SCSC will not act on the charter school’s petition for approval until the local board of education in which the school is proposed to be located denies the petition or fails to approve or deny the petition within the time allotted by O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2064.
The 2017 Petition Review Cycle application, must be completed and submitted online here: https://scsc-grants.fluidreview.com/
Petitioners should carefully follow directions in the application and submit all required documents by the appropriate local board of education and SCSC deadlines. The petition package must be completed and submitted to the SCSC online by 4:00 PM on April 17, 2017.
All information, forms, and templates that must be completed as part of the petition application are available in the online portal above. If you are unable to access the portal, please contact Morgan Felts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information that was shared with potential petitioners at the SCSC's Petitioner Boot Camp training is available on the Information for Petitoners page here. The SCSC will host two informational webinars on the 2017 Petition application.
SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Funding and Budget Template Overview - View Recording
Thursday, February 9, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Petition Overview and Fluid Review Introduction - View Recording
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Funding and Budget Template Overview - Register
Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST