COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 49

July 26, 2002

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Charter School Legislation

 

 

 

The 2002 Virginia General Assembly session resulted in two charter school bills effective July 1, 2002, that directly affect school divisions and require action on the part of local school boards. Senate Bill 625 requires all local school boards to review and act on applications for charter schools. Local school boards must establish procedures for receiving, reviewing, and ruling on charter school applications. House Bill 734 requires local school boards to submit annual evaluations of public charter schools to the Board of Education. The bill also requires local school boards to report the number of public charter school applications that were denied and approved to the Board of Education to include in its annual report to the Governor and General Assembly.

 

The full text of the bills may be viewed at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?021+ful+CHAP0851 and http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?021+ful+CHAP0874.

 

The Annual Charter School Evaluation Report (Attachment A) for the 2001-2002 school year should be completed only by school divisions with approved charter schools. Please submit the original and one copy of the annual report to the Department of Education by September 16, 2002. The annual evaluation report is located on the Office of Compensatory Education Programs Web page under Charter Schools at the following address: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/comp.html.

A separate report must be submitted for each charter school in the school division.

 

The Department of Education will request additional information required by the legislation during the 2002-2003 school year.

 

Questions regarding charter schools should be directed to Dianne B. Pollard (mailto:dpollard@mail.vak12ed.edu), specialist, Office of Compensatory Programs at (804) 371-7583.

 

 

JLD/DBP/jf

 

Attachments

 

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