Charter School Authorizers

Charter schools in Idaho are authorized by the local school board or by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Quality charter schools depend on quality authorizers. Authorizers are charged by state law to approve and oversee the performance of charter schools. Among their important responsibilities, charter school authorizers:

  • Determine whether an application to start and operate a charter school merits approval
  • Negotiate a contract with an approved charter school that defines the specific operating terms and performance expectations for which the charter school will be held accountable
  • Conduct ongoing oversight of charter schools to evaluate performance, monitor compliance and enforce contract terms
  • Encourage the creation of new quality public school options.

The State Department of Education provides direct assistance to charter school authorizers. This site provides tools and resources, as well as a range of research and reports related to charter school authorization.

Resources and Tools for Authorizers
PDF Icon Required Elements of a Petition
PDF Icon Supporting Charter School Excellence through Quality Authorizing
PDF Icon Authorizer Self-Evaluation
PDF Icon CS Petition Rubric
PDF Icon Authorizers, Charter Schools and AYP Accountability
PDF Icon Charter School Authorizers and Charter School Accountability
PDF Icon NCLB Title I and Authorizer Obligations
Charter Schools and School Districts
PDF Icon Creating Working Relationships - How Charters and Districts Work Together
PDF Icon Why Be an Authorizer?
PDF Icon Future of Charters
PDF Icon Closing Low Performing Schools and Reopening as Charter Schools
PDF Icon Reopening as a Charter School
PDF Icon We're Here to Complete - Not Compete
Special Populations
PDF Icon Project Intersect - Studying Special Education in Charter Schools
PDF Icon SDE Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools
Research and Reports
PDF Icon Charter School Authorizing - Are States Making the Grade?
PDF Icon Holding Charter Authorizers Accountable