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Charter Schools and Flexibility
​​With the passage of​ Act 2015-3, the Alabama State Department of Education, Charter Schools and Flexibility, 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 University Charter School in Livingston, AL will have a Charter Signing Ceremony on Oct. 26th at 10 A.M. in the Tutwiler Conference Center located at the University of West Alabama.
  
The guide to funding the first year of implementation of charter schools has been posted under Guidelines.
  
The new guide to State Allocations has been posted under Guidelines.
  
The Commission will meet via teleconference on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9 A.M. The Commission will vote to approve a resolution commending Dr. Ed Richardson for his work on the Alabama Public Charter School Commission along with other issues related to public charter schools.
  
The ALSDE Office of Public Charter Schools will host a WebEx for those interested in applying to be a public charter school in Alabama.
To join the training session
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1. Go to https://alsde.webex.com/alsde/k2/j.php?MTID=tc1f6f6a342f8c12c16fb0fc1d7c981aa
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: charter2017. (Password is case sensitive.)
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://alsde.webex.com/alsde/k2/j.php?MTID=tbaa4f2d8b5fa60186ff8261756d84948
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will meet on August 21, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. via teleconference to consider the appeal of Teen's Path to Success. Interested parties should dial 1 888 822 7515  Meeting Room 814512# to hear the meeting.
  
ALABAMA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL COMMISSION
Public Hearing for Charter Schools

WHAT: Alabama Public Charter School Commission Public Hearing
WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
TIME: 5:00 P.M.
WHERE:  Athens City Board of Education, 455 Highway 31 North, Athens, AL
PURPOSE: The purpose of the hearing is to inform and engage the community in the charter school process in regards to the appeal of Teen’s Path to Success.
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The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will meet on July 24, 2017 at 1 P.M. at the Gordon Persons Building at 50 North Ripley Street, Montgomery, AL in P103 B. The meeting is also available via teleconference at 1-888-822-7517 in meeting room 814512#.
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will meet on June 27th at 9 A.M. at the Gordon Persons Building in the Willie Paul Conference Room, 5th Floor. Please report to the visitors' desk on 5th floor for a pass. Since seating is limited, it is available via teleconference at 1-888-822-7517, Meeting Room Number 814512#.
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 31st in the Juliette H. Morgan Memorial Library Public Library at 5:30 to engage the community in the charter school process in regards to the application of Infinity Learning Center. The address is 245 High Street, Montgomery, AL.
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 30th in the Columbiana Public Library at 5:30 to engage the community in the charter school process in regards to the application of Merit Academy. The address is 50 Lester Street, Columbiana, AL
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will hold a public meeting on May 22nd at 5:30 at the Livingston Civic Center for the public to have input into the charter school process in regards to University Charter School. The address is 101 Country Club Road, Livingston, AL.  Please sign in prior to the meeting.
 
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission's proposed agenda for May 2nd is posted under the Commission tab.
  
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission will meet April 25th at 9:30 A.M. in the auditorium at the Gordon Persons Building at 50 North Ripley Street, Montgomery, AL. The purpose of the meeting is to consider information regarding charter schools and the appeals filed by applicants in the Birmingham area.
  
A public hearing will be held April 24, 2017, at the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, in the Arrington Auditorium at from 5:30- 7:30 P.M.
STAR-5:30-6:15, IBestow-6:30-7:15
  
Guidance for local authorizers has been posted under the general information tab under authorizers.
  
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.
 
http://www.alsde.edu/ofc/cs/Pages/generalinformation-all.aspx?navtext=Public Charter School Information
  
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.
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