Are there clear processes for renewal, nonrenewal, and revocation decisions?
Connecticut law requires charter schools seeking renewal to apply for it. For such renewal applications, the law allows the state board of education to commission an independent appraisal of the charter school’s performance.
Connecticut law provides that the state board of education may deny an application for the renewal of a charter if: student progress has not been sufficiently demonstrated, as determined by the state commissioner of education; the governing council of the school has not been sufficiently responsible for the operation of the school or has misused or spent public funds in a manner that is detrimental to the educational interests of the students attending the charter school; the school has not been in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; the efforts of the school have been insufficient to effectively attract, enroll and retain students with a history of low academic performance, students who receive free or reduced priced lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations, students with a history of behavioral and social difficulties, students identified as requiring special education, or students who are English language learners; or the governing council of the school has not provided evidence that such council has initiated substantive communication with the local or regional board of education of the town in which the school is located to share student learning practices and experiences.
Connecticut law also provides that the state board of education may, but is not required to, revoke a charter if a charter school has failed to: comply with the terms of probation, including the failure to file or implement a corrective action plan; demonstrate satisfactory student progress, as determined by the state commissioner of education; comply with the terms of its charter or applicable laws and regulations; or manage its public funds in a prudent or legal manner.
Connecticut law allows a charter to be renewed for up to five years.
Unless an emergency exists, prior to revoking a charter, Connecticut law requires the state board to provide the governing council for the charter school with written notice of revocation reasons and an opportunity to demonstrate compliance with all requirements for the retention of its charter, including documentary and testimonial evidence to refute the facts cited by the state board for the proposed revocation.
The law requires all actions regarding renewals, nonrenewals, and revocations to be made in a public meeting.