What is the Charter School Appeal Board?
The Charter School Appeal Board (CAB) consists of the Secretary of Education and six members who are appointed by the Governor and with the consent of a majority of all the Senate members. The members include a parent of a school-aged child, a school board member, a certified teacher actively employed in a public school, a faculty member or administrative employee of a higher education institution, a member of the business community, and a member of the State Board of Education.
PDE provides assistance and staffing and the Governor’s General Counsel provides legal advice and assistance to CAB.
CAB has the exclusive review of a decision by a local school board to deny a charter application and of a decision by a local school board to not renew or revoke a charter. CAB also has the exclusive review of a decision by PDE to deny a cyber charter application and of a decision by PDE to not renew or revoke a cyber charter. In addition, CAB has exclusive review of a direct appeal filed by a charter applicant when the local school board fails to hold a public hearing or timely act on a charter application and of a direct appeal filed by a cyber charter applicant when PDE fails to hold a public hearing or timely act on a cyber charter application.
The following documents contain additional information about CAB.
What is the charter appeal process?
The following information contains a summary of the charter and cyber charter appeal process as well as a document for charter applicants should use to appeal from a decision by the local school board to deny its charter application:
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