Charter School Authorizer Toolkit
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is pleased to present to you the first Pennsylvania Charter School Authorizer Toolkit for School Districts. This toolkit is being offered as an
optional instrument for your use, but you are highly encouraged to consider it for your district. Feel free to modify and adapt the toolkit as you see fit.
The role of the Charter School Authorizer is essential to the success of students attending charter schools in the Commonwealth. To meet this need, we have prepared several
key documents that can be used to help fulfill your responsibilities under the Charter School Law, and can support your meaningful interaction with charter schools in your district.
We continue to strive to provide high quality support to all schools in the Commonwealth. We share a common goal of serving all Pennsylvania children in succeeding in academics and in
life. The Department also takes seriously its commitment to provide technical assistance and support to authorizers, as well as to charter schools. Please feel free to contact the
Charter School office in the Division of Nonpublic, Private and Charter School Services at 717-705-8019 if we can provide further assistance, or if you would like to make any
recommendations or changes to this toolkit.
What is my role as the charter school authorizer? (Word)
This document provides an overview of the Charter School Law provisions and
outlines the authorizer's role and responsibilities in granting and overseeing the charter.
II. Process for Initial Charter School Application
How do I calculate Charter School Cash Flow Projections?
This excel workbook includes a sample budget form to be filled out and submitted with the original application, a user-friendly worksheet to help calculate benefits, and cash flow projection sheets for the first five years.
III. Review of Initial Charter School Application
V. Charter School Annual Review
VI. Charter School Renewal/Non-renewal Process
VII. Termination of Charter Agreement
Please Note: Revoking a charter is done during the term of a charter. Authorizers that wish not to renew a charter agreement should follow the steps outlined in the section:
VI. Charter School Renewal/Non-renewal Process.