Petition Review Timeline

The timeline for the 2019 Petition Review Cycle is as follows*:

November 2018 Release of 2019 Petition Cycle Application
December 5, 2018                                   SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Overview of the 2018 Application and Fluid Review Introduction (2:00 p.m. EST) - Register
December 11, 2018 SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Funding and Budget Template Overview (2:00 p.m. EST) - Register
February 1, 2019 Early Feedback Program applications due 
March 8, 2019 SCSC Staff disseminates early feedback.
March 2019 Early Feedback Program mock interviews
April 12, 2019 2019 petition applications due to the SCSC. Petitions must be received by 4:00 p.m. EST to receive consideration in the 2019 Petition Review Cycle.​
May 3, 2019 Legal Compliance Review concludes, Substantive Petition Review and Scheduling for Petitioner Interviews begin.
June 10 - June 21, 2019 Petitioner Interviews
June 24 - Aug. 16, 2019   SCSC and Petitioner collaborate to identify additional information and actions needed to assist SCSC staff in formulating a recommendation.
July 24, 2019 Substantive Petition Review concludes and SCSC staff releases recommendations
July 31, 2019 SCSC Meeting - Commission will vote on SCSC staff recommendations.
August 21, 2019 SCSC staff releases recommendations for petitions that did not receive a recommendation in July. 
August 28, 2019 SCSC Meeting - Commission will vote on SCSC staff recommendations for petitions that did not receive a recommendation in July. 

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, SCSC staff may identify that a petitioner is capable of SCSC approval in the 2019 Petition Review Cycle but the petitioner needs additional time to complete requested actions. In those cases, the SCSC may delay the vote to approve or deny a charter petitioner while SCSC staff collaborates with petitioners to finalize a recommendation. Petitioners may be required to delay opening until the 2021-2022 school year.

*This timeline is subject to change