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Partners in the Process

THE DISTRICT

If you open a school, you’ll be hearing from the District, the State Department of Education, and the Charter School Alliance of South Carolina. So, what exactly does everyone do?

 

The District receives and evaluates charter school application, and its Board of Trustees votes to approve or deny each potential charter school. The District conducts pre-applicant trainings and also decides what information each applicant must provide in addition to the general application.

 

  • Catherine Watt, Coordinator of Compliance
  • Dana Reed, Assistant Superintendent of Authorizing Quality

TESTIMONIALS

THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The South Carolina Department of Education, through its Office of School Transformation, issues the universal charter school application and its evaluation rubric. It conducts technical assistance sessions for those wishing to open a charter school. The SCDE also decides which charter schools receive funds under the federally-funded charter school planning grant.

  • Donna Manning, School Choice Team Leader
  • Kayla Audette, Charter School Education Associate
  • Fredericka Brailsford, Charter School Planning Grant Manager

THE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL ALLIANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

The Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of charter schools. They provide application development assistance, review written applications before submission, and conduct professional development activities meant to strengthen each applicant’s charter.

  • Mary Carmichael, Executive Director
  • Jennifer Gnann, New Schools Incubator Director

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZATION?