Are there clear processes for renewal, nonrenewal, and revocation decisions?
Regulations require the charter school board of trustees to apply for renewal no later than one year before the original charter is set to expire and require this application to include the school's fourth-year annual report for their first renewal and the most recent report for future renewals.
New Hampshire law requires that a charter school must meet or exceed the objective academic test results or standards and goals as set forth in it application in order to be renewed.
During the term of a charter, New Hampshire law provides that any charter school parent (or local school board involved) can submit a written petition to the state board or request the revocation of a charter. The law provides that after reasonable notice has been provided to all affected parties, the state board may revoke a school's charter prior to the expiration of its term under the following circumstances: the school commits a material violation of any of the conditions, standards, or procedures set forth in its charter application and contract; the school fails to meet generally accepted standards for fiscal management; the school significantly violates the law; the school makes a material misrepresentation in its application or contract application; or the school becomes insolvent or financially unstable.
Statute indicates that renewals are for a term of five years.
The law provides charter schools with due process for nonrenewal and revocation decisions including a written notice of concerns and the right to a public hearing.
The law requires renewal, nonrenewal, and revocation decisions to be made in a public hearing, with authorizers stating reasons for non-renewals and revocations in writing.
Statute requires provisions for dissolution of a given charter school (including disposition of its assets as well as a plan for the education of the school’s pupils) be detailed in the contract. In addition, statute details the disposition of assets if not clear within the charter contract.