Petition Review Timeline

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

  • November 2018: Release date for 2019 Petition Review Cycle application.
  • December 5, 2018: SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Overview of the 2018 Application and Fluid Review Introduction (2:00 p.m. EST) 
  • December 11, 2018: SCSC Petitioner Webinar: Funding and Budget Template Overview (2:00 p.m. EST) 
  • February 1, 2019: Applications due for Early Feedback Program.
  • March 8, 2019: SCSC Staff disseminates early feedback.
  • March 2019: Mock Interviews.
  • April 12, 2019: Application Deadline.
    • Petitions must be received by this date 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: Petition Interviews commence.
  • June 24 - August 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 and SCSC Staff updates to Commission on other outstanding issues.
  • 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 in which SCSC Staff 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, the SCSC may not vote to approve or deny a charter petitioner at its July 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 2021-2022 school year.

*This timeline is subject to change