When an application is approved, a charter contract must be executed in accordance
with this section.
A. After approval of an application and no later than 60 days prior to the opening date
of the public charter school, the authorizer and the governing board shall execute
a charter contract that sets forth:
(1) Performance provisions describing the academic and operational performance expectations
and measures by which the public charter school will be judged;
(2) Administrative provisions articulating the administrative relationship between
the authorizer and the public charter school, including each party's rights and duties; and
(3) A description of the standards and processes under which the authorizer may pursue
revocation of the charter contract. [2011, c. 570, §10 (AMD).]
B. The performance provisions set forth in a charter contract under paragraph A must
include but need not be limited to applicable federal and state accountability requirements. [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
C. The performance provisions set forth in a charter contract under paragraph A may be
refined or amended by mutual agreement of the parties to the charter contract after
the public charter school is operating and has collected baseline achievement data
for its enrolled students. [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
D. A charter contract must be signed by a designated representative of the authorizer
and of the public charter school's governing board. [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
E. A public charter school may not commence operations without a charter contract executed
in accordance with this section and approved in a meeting open to the public. [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
2011, c. 570, §10 (AMD)
2.Virtual public charter schools.
The charter contract of a virtual public charter school must require the governing
A. Provide each student enrolled in the virtual public charter school with online courses
that meet or exceed state standards and all instructional materials required for the
student's participation in the school; [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
B. Ensure that the persons who operate the virtual public charter school on a day-to-day
basis comply with and carry out all applicable requirements, statutes, regulations,
rules and policies of the school; [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
C. Ensure that a parent of each student verifies the number of hours of educational activities
completed by the student each school year; and [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
D. Adopt a plan by which the governing board provides:
(1) Frequent, ongoing monitoring to ensure and verify that each student is participating
in the virtual public charter school, including synchronous contact between teachers
and students and between teachers and parents to ensure and verify student participation
(2) Regular instructional opportunities in real time that are directly related to
the virtual public charter school's curricular objectives, including, but not limited
to, meetings with teachers and educational field trips and outings;
(3) Verification of ongoing student attendance in the virtual public charter school;
(4) Verification of ongoing student progress and performance in each course as documented
by ongoing assessments and examples of student course work; and
(5) Administration to all students in a proctored setting of all applicable assessments
as required by the State. [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]
Nothing in this subsection prohibits a virtual public charter school from reimbursing
families of enrolled students for costs associated with their Internet connection
for use in the program.
Only students enrolled in a virtual public charter school as full-time students may
be reported in the virtual public charter school's average pupil count to the department
for the purposes of receiving local, state and federal funds.
2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW)
2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).
2011, c. 570, §10 (AMD).
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