Q: How can I
arrange for a seminar in my area that walks us through the steps
for considering and creating a school charter?
A: Upon request, I provide free
informational seminars for schools and community members on the
charter school law and process. For more information or to arrange a
seminar, call me in Concord (224-0366) or contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: Can we get
the updated copies of the Charter Law packet?
probably easiest to download all the sections of the NH charter
school law (RSA 194-B) and make packets. Go to
and click on "legislation." You'll find the charter school law,
section by section, that can be downloaded and organized in booklet
form. You need the charter school administrative rules (also a
posted link on
www.nhschoolreform.org just under the legislation link).
does pre-charter planning entail? Are we considered a charter
school as soon as the charter is written? Or are we still in
status (before you have an approved charter) is the period of time
from your first school vision to the moment you have a hearing
before the State Board of Education and they vote to ratify your
charter. The pre-charter planning grant was established as small
grant program to cover costs related to bringing people together,
considering feasibility, and developing a quality charter
application. Typical costs covered are: copying materials, holding
community meetings, putting together a web site so people can locate
information, ads in papers about meetings, putting together the
non-profit organization that launches the charter or locating a
non-profit organization to do so, possible contracting with a
specialist for whatever specifics cannot be easily accomplished by
your group. Right now, these pre-charter planning grants are $5,000
- $10,000 and they truly exist for the sole purpose of helping
people without other sources of funding incubate good ideas. Prior
to 1998, citizen groups (before these grants) reported that the
costs of developing a charter application were difficult to fund out
Writing the charter
doesn't make you an approved charter school. After your charter
application is complete, you submit this to the Department of
Education for review and feedback. After this process it goes to the
State Board of Education for review and 1) approval of a "charter"
(you can have a charter and still not be authorized to open, as was
the case for several groups in the mid-90s) and 2) "ratification to
Until one of the two
NH authorizers (either the local school district legislative body or
the state board of education) votes to ratify a charter application,
charter school proponents stay in pre-charter mode.