Principle 1: The college- and career-ready standards that the ALSDE has adopted under Principle 1 apply to public charter schools and non-charter public schools alike as it relates to assessments.
Principle 2: The ALSDE and its LEAs, as appropriate, must include public charter schools in the state’s system of differentiated accountability, recognition, and support. Accordingly, the ALSDE must apply its annual measurable objectives (AMOs) to public charter school LEAs and schools. Additionally, it must include Title I-participating public charter schools in the pool of schools from which it identifies reward, priority, and focus schools. A public charter school that the ALSDE identifies as a priority or focus school must implement interventions consistent with the ESEA flexibility request.
Principle 3: Public charter schools and non-charter public schools must develop and implement teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that are consistent with the guidelines developed and adopted by the ALSDE.
Conversion public charter schools will remain part of the LEA in which they were established; therefore, the accountability data of conversion public charter schools will be reported in the LEAs in which they exist.
Start-up public charter schools will function as their own LEA; therefore, the accountability data of start-up public charter schools will be reported as their own LEA.
charter schools may include a specific academic approach or theme including career
technical training. However, any public
charter school formed with a CTE focus must be a comprehensive school providing
academics for all enrolled students on a full-time basis.
Any child residing in the state of Alabama who meets
the age/grade level eligibility requirements of the CTE-focused public charter
school may be eligible to attend the school.
However, students residing within the local geographic bounds of the
school district in which the charter school is established will have
preferential treatment in enrolling given limited enrollment capacity.
No. There is
not currently any provision within Act 2015-3 that would allow students to
attend a public charter school for only a portion of the day, unlike the
partial day attendance for students at many of Alabama’s career and technical
Public charter schools will receive state Foundation
Program funds and local tax revenue funds based upon the public charter school
student’s individual place of residence.
CTE-focused public charter schools may also receive any categorical
funding, whether through block grants, state and federal categorical aid,
special education funds, and federal Perkins Act funds.
All students attending a CTE-focused public charter
school will be required to take the same end-of-year standardized assessments
as applicable to other students in traditional public schools throughout the
state. Under Perkins IV, states are
required to report annually on the core indicators of performance. In accordance with the requirements of
Perkins IV, the federal Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
(OCTAE) negotiates annual performance levels on each of the core indicators
with each state and holds the state accountable for achieving results. The state then negotiates annual performance
levels with each local education agency (LEA).
CTE-focused public charter schools will be held to the same negotiated
standards as all other public LEAs in the state.
Public charter schools, including CTE-focused public
charter schools, will have the right of first refusal to purchase or lease any
closed or unused facility placed on the market from the local school
system. Public charter schools,
including CTE-focused public charter schools, are also eligible to have the
same rights and access to Alabama Public School and College Authority (PSCA)
funding opportunities as traditional public schools.
A public charter school would be categorized as a new sponsor for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) and would be required to attend new sponsor training that is conducted one time per calendar year. New sponsor training is typically conducted in late August or early September each calendar year. New sponsors are required by federal requirements to provide a non-profit status, 501©3, W-9 Form, and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number on the first day of new sponsor training. All sponsors must have access to computer services that will allow the sponsor to provide information and monthly meal counting and claiming to the Alabama State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.
The following link to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website provides guidance for the regulatory compliance requirements for the meal pattern for menu planning and nutrient requirements.
The following link to the USDA website provides resources to administer Child Nutrition Programs for organizations or schools, including public charter schools.
Contact the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Office of Supporting Programs, Child Nutrition Programs, at (334)242-8228.
Public charter schools shall
comply with applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations regarding the
qualification of teachers and other instructional staff. In accordance
with subsection (a), teachers in public charter schools shall be exempt from
state teacher certification requirements. Act 2015-3, Section 9(e)(1)
After approval of a public
charter school, a certification specialist at the Alabama State Department of
Education (ALSDE) will be available to help the school’s human resource
department to provide assistance with certification approaches and/or questions
just as they do with local education agencies and registered private schools in
Public charter schools shall be subject to the
same civil rights, health, and safety requirements, including, but not limited
to, state and local public health and building codes, employee finger printing
and criminal background checks applicable to other public schools in the state,
except as otherwise specifically provided in this act. Act 2015-3, Section
Public charter schools shall be subject to the same civil rights, health, and safety requirements, including, but not limited to, state and local public health and building codes, employee finger printing and criminal background checks applicable to other public schools in the state, except as otherwise specifically provided in this act. Act 2015-3, Section 9(d)(1)
All applicants for employment who will have unsupervised access to children in any Alabama public charter school must complete an Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (ASBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history background check through the ALSDE, consistent with the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999, as amended, codified at Ala. Code §§16-22A-1 to -34 (1975). This is also required by Section 9(c) (1) of the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act (Ala. Act 2015-3).
No. Under current requirements, an applicant who has completed an Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history background check through the ALSDE and whose fingerprint results are on file with our agency is not required to complete a new criminal history background check for employment purposes. An individual may verify that criminal history background check results are on file with the ALSDE by visiting the Educator Certification Portal at www.alsde.edu/EdCert (click "Background Clearance."). However, the public charter school may elect to do a new criminal history check on applicants for employment pursuant to Ala. Code § 16-22A-5(a)(1975).
No. Volunteers are individuals who receive no compensation from Alabama public charter schools for services rendered. Volunteers are not required, or even allowed, to be fingerprinted by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). However, Alabama public charter schools may require their own, separate background check for volunteers. These criminal history background checks will be conducted without the resources of the ALSDE. The ALSDE conducts criminal history background checks pursuant to the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999, as amended, codified at Ala. Code §§16-22A-1 to -34 (1975). This act addresses criminal history background checks for purposes of employment or educator certification; it does not authorize criminal history background checks for volunteers.