In order for one of our local school districts to become a home-rule charter district, one of two methods must be used to trigger the creation of a charter commission:
- a petition must be signed by at least five percent of the voters of the district, or
- at least two-thirds of the total membership of the school board adopt a resolution ordering that a charter commission be appointed
In either case the school board must establish a charter commission within 30 days.
The commission must have 15 members, 25 percent of which must be classroom teachers. A majority of the commission must be parents of school-age children attending public school. The teachers must be selected by the representatives of the professional staff (whatever that means).
The commission must complete a proposed charter within one year of the commission’s creation, otherwise the commission is dissolved.
The proposed charter is then submitted to the voters in an election. At least 25 percent of the registered voters in the district must vote in order for the charter to be approved. The school district board of trustees can continue to order elections until the 25 percent threshold is reached, if they want to.
An adopted charter can be amended if at least 20 percent of the registered voters in the district vote in an election to approve the amendment.
We plan to discuss the method of approving a campus charter school next.