Petition Review Timeline

The timeline for the 2018 Petition Review Cycle is as follows*:

  • November 29, 2017: Release date for 2018 Petition Review Cycle application.
  • December 7, 2017: SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Overview of the 2018 Application and Fluid Review Introduction (2:00 p.m. EST) - View Recording/View Webinar
  • December 14, 2017: SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Funding and Budget Template Overview (3:00 p.m. EST) - View Recording
  • February 1, 2018: Applications due for Early Feedback Program.
  • February 28, 2018: SCSC Staff disseminates early feedback.
  • March 2018: Mock Interviews.
  • April 6, 2018: Application Deadline.
    • Petitions must be received by this date to receive consideration in the 2018 Petition Review Cycle.
  • April 27, 2018: Legal Compliance Review concludes, Substantive Petition Review and Scheduling for Petitioner Interviews begin.
  • June 11 – June 22, 2018: Petition Interviews commence.
  • June 25 - August 17, 2018: SCSC and Petitioner collaborate to identify additional information and actions needed to assist SCSC Staff in formulating a recommendation.
  • July 18, 2018: Substantive Petition Review concludes and SCSC Staff releases recommendations.
  • July 25, 2018: SCSC Meeting - Commission will vote on SCSC Staff recommendations and SCSC Staff updates to Commission on other outstanding issues.
  • August 22, 2018: SCSC Staff releases recommendations for petitions that did not receive a recommendation in August.
  • August 29, 2018: SCSC Meeting - Commission will vote on SCSC Staff recommendations for petitions that did not receive a recommendation in August. 

The Commission will discuss and vote to approve or deny charters based upon a review of the petitions, the interviews, previous school performance and achievement data, the SCSC Staff Recommendations, and any supplemental information requested from the petitioning groups.

In some circumstances in which SCSC Staff identify that a petitioner is capable of SCSC approval in the 2018 Petition Review Cycle but the petitioner needs additional time to complete requested actions, the SCSC may not vote to approve or deny a charter petitioner at its September meeting. In those cases, SCSC Staff will continue to collaborate with petitioners that were not denied by the SCSC and will finalize a recommendation for the remaining petitioners as merited and the Commission will vote on SCSC Staff recommendations as needed. Petitioners may be required to delay opening until the 2020-2021 school year.

*This timeline is subject to change