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Public Charter Schools
​​With the passage of​ Act 2015-3, the Alabama State Department of Education, Public Charter Schools, was established. Its public charter school responsibilities include, but are not limited to, promulgating rules and regulations, developing guidelines for public charter school authorizers and Local Education Agencies, providing support, and responding to requests for information. Contact u​s
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The presentations from the Charter School Symposium are located under the following tabs: Public Charter School Information followed by Public Charter Schools in General.
  
The timeline(s) and the appeal process have been posted under Public Charter School Information/Public Charter Schools in General.
 
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WHAT:  Alabama Public Charter School Symposium
WHEN:     February 24, 2017    
TIME:       9 a.m.
WHERE:  Gordon Persons Building Auditorium
                 50 North Ripley Street
                 Montgomery, AL
PURPOSE:  The purpose of the symposium is to inform stakeholders about charter schools and charter school development. 
WHO:   All stakeholders are invited to attend; however,
               seating is limited; therefore, registration
               is required. Please email Logan Searcy at
               lsearcy@alsde.edu for a registration form.
 
*Anyone interested in presenting at the symposium should contact Mrs.Logan Searcy at lsearcy@alsde.edu or 334-353-2154 for a  presenter’s registration form.

 
  
 WHAT:          Alabama Public Charter School Meeting
WHEN:          Tuesday, January 24, 2017
TIME:            1 p.m.
WHERE:       Via Teleconference at 1-888-822-7517, Meeting Room Number 814512#
PURPOSE:   The purpose of the meeting is to discuss work pertaining to the responsibilities of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission.
 
  
The Alabama Charter School Commission meeting will be on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in P103 at the Gordon Persons Building in Montgomery, AL. The public may listen to the meeting by dialing 1-888-822-7517. Please enter meeting room number 814512#.
The purpose of the meeting is to elect new officers,  consider the 2017 proposed budget and to interview charter school applicants.
 
  
ALABAMA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL COMMISSION BYLAWS SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING
WHAT: Alabama Public Charter School Commission Bylaws Subcommittee Meeting
WHEN: Monday, August 8, 2016
TIME: 10 A.M.
WHERE: Via Teleconference at 1-888-822-7517, Meeting Room Number 814512#
PURPOSE: The purpose of the teleconference is to finalize the draft of the Bylaws of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission for review and consideration by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission
  
Scheduled for 7/19 @1:00 via Teleconference: 1-888-822-7517, Meeting Room- 814512#.  Topic: General administrative matters pertaining to upcoming work responsibilities of the Commission.
  
Montgomery, AL.—The deadline has been extended for entities planning to submit a Letter of Intent stating that they plan to submit an application to form a start-up public charter school in Alabama. Letters of Intent will continue to be accepted up until the application deadline of August 1, 2016, via pcs@alsde.edu.
In February the Alabama Public Charter School Commission released its application form to be used by entities interested in forming a start-up public charter school in Alabama. The applications must be received by the Commission no later than August 1, 2016, for schools planning to open in the fall of 2017.
In accordance with the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act (Alabama Act No. 2015-3), the Commission may hear an application in two instances: when an applicant wishes to open a start-up public charter school in a public school system that has not registered as an authorizer or in the event an authorizing school system has denied an application to form a public charter school and the applicant chooses to appeal that denial to the Commission.
The Commission is asking that any entity planning to submit an application to form a start-up public charter school in Alabama also submit a Letter of Intent notifying the Commission of its intent to do such. A Letter of Intent is considered helpful to the Commission but is not binding on those that may apply before the August 1 deadline for applications.
The application form is available on the Alabama State Department of Education Public Charter School Web at Alabama Start-up Public Charter School Application. Additional information about forming a public charter school may be obtained by contacting the Alabama State Department of Education, Public Charter Schools Section, at pcs@alsde.edu or 334-353-1815.
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission Subcommittee Meeting on Bylaws/Operational Procedures has been postponed and will not be held on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 10 a.m., as originally posted.  The date for this Subcommittee Meeting will be announced when it is rescheduled.
 
  
WHAT:               Alabama Public Charter School Commission Bylaws/Accountability Subcommittee Meeting
WHEN:               Tuesday, June 7, 2016
TIME:                  10 a.m.
WHERE:             P-103-B, Gordon Persons Building, 50 North Ripley Street, Montgomery, AL
PURPOSE:         The purpose of the subcommittee meeting is to consider bylaws regarding accountability that will govern the work of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission.

 
  
Montgomery, AL.—In February the Alabama Public Charter School Commission released its application form to be used by entities interested in forming a start-up public charter school in Alabama. The applications must be received by the Commission no later than August 1, 2016, for schools planning to open in the fall of 2017.
In accordance with the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act (Alabama Act No. 2015-3), the Commission may hear an application in two instances: when an applicant wishes to open a start-up public charter school in a public school system that has not registered as an authorizer or in the event an authorizing school system has denied an application to form a public charter school and the applicant chooses to appeal that denial to the Commission.
The Commission is asking that any entity planning to submit an application to form a start-up public charter school in Alabama also submit a Letter of Intent notifying the Commission of its intent to do such. The Letter of Intent will not be considered an absolute commitment, but will help the Commission to plan meeting dates and schedule activities necessary to process applications in the time frame set forth in the law. Letters of Intent should be sent to pcs@alsde.edu as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The application form is available on the Alabama State Department of Education Public Charter School Web at Alabama Start-up Public Charter School Application. Additional information about forming a public charter school may be obtained by contacting the Alabama State Department of Education, Public Charter Schools Section, at pcs@alsde.edu or 334-353-1815.
Letters of Intent are due no later than Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Applications are due no later than Monday, August 1, 2016.
  
WHAT:         Alabama Public Charter School Commission Bylaws/Operational Procedures Subcommittee Meeting
WHEN:         Friday, June 10, 2016
TIME:            10 a.m.—2 p.m.
WHERE:       P103-B, Gordon Persons Building, 50 North Ripley Street, Montgomery
PURPOSE:   To consider bylaws and operational procedures that will govern the work of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission.
 
  
ALABAMA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLCOMMISSION APPROVES
START-UP PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
CONTRACT

At its meeting on April 11, 2016, the Alabama Public Charter School Commission (Commission) approved the contract to be used with approved start-up public charter schools authorized by the Commission.

 
In accordance with the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act (Alabama Act No. 2015-3), the Commission shall within 60 days of approval of a start-up public charter school execute a charter contract that clearly sets forth the academic and operational performance expectations and measures by which the public charter school will be judged and the administrative relationship between the authorizer (Commission) and the public charter school, including each party’s rights and duties.
 
Chairman of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission, Dr. Ed Richardson, commended the Commission members for their hard work and dedication throughout the contract development process and also thanked the staff at the Alabama State Department of Education for their assistance.
 
A copy of the contract that will be executed between the Commission and an approved start-up public charter school is available by clicking the following link: Alabama Public Charter School Commission Start-Up Public Charter School Contract. Additional information about public charter schools may be obtained by contacting the Alabama State Department of Education, Public Charter Schools Section, at pcs@alsde.edu or 334-353-1815, or by accessing the Public Charter Schools Web page at http://www.alsde.edu/ofc/cs/Pages/home.aspx.
  
WHAT: Alabama Public Charter School Commission Contract Subcommittee Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

TIME: 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Via Teleconference at 1-888-822-7517, Meeting Room Number 814512#

PURPOSE: The purpose of the teleconference is to finalize a draft contract for review and consideration by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission for use with approved charter school applicants.
  
At its meeting today, the Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved its application form to be used by those interested in forming a start-up public charter school in Alabama.
 
In accordance with the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act (Alabama Act No. 2015-3), the Commission may hear an application in two instances: when an applicant wishes to open a start-up public charter school in a public school system that has not registered as an authorizer or in the event an authorizer school system has denied an application to form a public charter school and the applicant chooses to appeal that denial to the Commission.

Chairman of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission, Dr. Ed Richardson, commended the Commission for its hard work and dedication throughout this process and thanked the staff at the Alabama State Department of Education for their assistance.

The application form is available on the Alabama State Department of Education Public Charter School Web at the Public Charter Schools website, Forms, AL Public Charter School Commission, Alabama Start-up Public Charter School Application. Additional information about forming a public charter school may be obtained by contacting the Alabama State Department of Education, Public Charter Schools Section, at pcs@alsde.edu or 334-353-1815.
  
The Alabama State Department of Education, Office of Public Charter Schools, received four (4) authorizer applications (Madison City, Bessemer City, Birmingham City, and Athens City) from local boards of education indicating their intent to become a registered public charter school authorizer.
 
However, based on an expressed desire for more time to prepare a quality application, we are holding applications in a pending status.  We are seeking an extension of the November 1 deadline for authorizers to broadly publicize a Request for Proposals for public charter schools pursuant to Act 2015-3.  In addition, we are making preparations to provide training not only for current applicants, but other local boards of education that have expressed an interest in becoming an authorizer.
 
The next registration period to submit an application to become a registered public charter school authorizer is January 1 – March 1, 2016, and both current and new applicants will be able to submit applications during this time period.
  
There have been four (4) authorizer applications submitted for review from the following school systems: Madison City, Bessemer City, Birmingham City, Athens City. 
These applications are under review, with feedback to the local school districts expected over the next two weeks (early October 2015).
  
Welcome to the new Office of Public Charter Schools webpage. Please visit regularly, as new information continues to be posted! 
 
  
The Alabama State Department of Education's website has Foundation Reports for LEAs under the Data Center. Please follow this link: http://www.alsde.edu/dept/data/Pages/foundationreports-all.aspx
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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