Are there clear processes for renewal, nonrenewal, and revocation decisions?
The law requires charter schools seeking renewal to file a renewal application 120 to 365 days before the expiration of the charter. The law states generally what charter school renewal applications must contain and mandates a renewal application timeframe. DC PCSB also issues renewal application guidance every year explaining the type of information schools can submit to support their record of performance and application for renewal.
The law sets forth general grounds for non-renewal and revocation, distinguishing between the two. The law directs the authorizer to approve a duly filed renewal application unless the authorizer determines that the school has met one of the stated criteria for non-renewal, in which case the authorizer shall not renew the charter.
The law requires renewed charter terms to be for 15 years, but subjects them to the requirement of a high-stakes review every five years.
The law entitles charter schools to an informal hearing, upon request, for any pending renewal or revocation decision. In the case of a proposed revocation, the law requires the authorizer to provide written notice to the charter school, including an opportunity for the school to request an informal hearing.
The law requires the authorizer to make all renewal, non-renewal, and revocation decisions in a public meeting and state in writing reasons for non-renewal or revocation. The law makes non-renewal and revocation decisions subject to judicial review.
In the event of a charter closure, the law requires the authorizer to develop, in consultation with a charter school's governing board, a plan for the orderly disposition of school assets. The law also requires the authorizer to arrange for the transfer and storage of necessary student records.