Georgia Charter Schools Association

2014 Review Cycle Announced for Commission School Petitioners

The petition application for the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC) 2014 Petition Review Cycle is now available on the SCSC website under the Information for Petitioners tab. For the 2014 Petition Review Cycle, new start-up charter schools must plan to open in the 2015-2016 school year or later. 

As a reminder, in most instances petitioners must also submit the petition to the local board of education in which the school will be located in accordance with the local procedures and deadlines. Local school districts deadlines vary throughout the state. It is incumbent on the charter petitioner to identify the appropriate deadlines. More information about the requirements for submitting a petition to the SCSC and local board of education is on the SCSC website under the Petition Application tab.  Additionally, schools that designate a defined attendance zone (other than statewide) must also have submitted a letter of intent to the local school district and the Georgia Department of Education prior to the applicable deadlines.
Completed petitions must be received by the SCSC by 4:00 PM on May 15, 2014. The SCSC intends to act to approve or deny petitions at its meeting on September 24, 2014. Learn about the SCSC’s petition review process here: SCSC Rule 691-2-.02 State Charter School Petitions.  Presentation materials from the SCSC’s Petitioner Boot Camp are also available for review on the SCSC website under the Information for Petitioners tab. To better understand SCSC expectations and how a state charter school operates, you may also wish to review the Petition Evaluation Guide available on the SCSC website under the Petition Evaluation tab and state charter school guidance under the Guidancetab.
If you have questions regarding the SCSC petition review process, you may contact Gregg Stevens at