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New Charter Schools Application

New Charter Schools Application 2020-04-02T22:01:14-06:00


Applicants for new charter schools have the option to seek initial approval from either their local chartering authority (district) or the PEC as the state chartering authority. Notices of Intent are due  no later than the second Tuesday in January of the year the application will be filed. Applications are due according to the chartering authority’s deadlines, but must be submitted no later than July 1 annually. Chartering authorities must decide whether to approve or deny the application by September 1 annually.

Notice of Intent (NOI)

According to NMSA § 22-8B-6(B), a Notice of Intent to Submit a Charter Application (NOI) must be filed by the organizers of a proposed charter school to the Public Education Commission AND to the Superintendent of the school district in which the charter school is proposed to be located. This NOI must be filed with the PED Charter School Division (CSD) no later than the second Tuesday in January of the year the application will be filed. Failure to file this NOI may result in the new charter school application being rejected. The PEC and PED’s Notice of Intent form is available at this link:

Notice of Intent 2020

NOTE: A local district authorizer may accept or even require a different form for the NOI.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the local district to determine if the PEC NOI form is acceptable to the local authorizer.

New Charter School Applicant Training

Training sessions are offered to prepare candidates for the application submission process.  These are generally offered monthly from January through April.  Please see the Training Opportunities page ‎ for dates.

New Charter School Application Kit

All new applications to the Public Education Commission must be submitted by June 1 annually to the applicant’s selected chartering authority.  In accordance with Section 22-8B-6 NMSA 1978, the PEC will rule in a public meeting on the application no later than September 1 annually.

Each year, the PEC approves and makes available an application for a new charter for a specified fiscal year to assist charter schools in the development of their applications to the PEC.

If you are intending to renew with a district authorizer, you should check with the district on the forms and process that they require.

On February 9, 2018, the PEC approved the application for a new charter for the 2018 application cycle, which includes templates and attachments designated by the PEC. Templates and attachments must not be altered from the approved content, format, and sequence. An application package submitted for a new charter may be deemed incomplete if it contains modifications to the content, format, or sequence of the application, templates, or attachments or if it contains templates or attachments that were approved for use in a prior fiscal year

The PEC’s renewal application kit is divided into four parts: Part A includes an introduction, instructions, a timeline, and a glossary of terms; Part B is the Executive Summary and must be completed as an unscored part of the application; Part C  is the written application with evaluation rubrics and scoring criteria; Part D is the capacity interview and it includes general questions, evaluation rubrics, and scoring criteria, as well as applicant specific questions that will be developed by the evaluation team and will not be provided to the applicant prior to the interview. The application kit also includes Appendix F, which must be completed as part of the Financial Framework in Part C and consists of five years of State Equalization Guarantee calculation worksheets; an Appendix G,  which must be completed as part of the Financial Framework in Part C and contains the six year budget plan worksheet (Uniform Chart of Accounts).  These sections address the requirements of Section 22-8B-8 NMSA 1978 and are intended to provide the PEC the information necessary to determine if the applicant team has demonstrated the capacity to successfully implement an effective public charter school.

Section 22-8B-6(L) NMSA 1978 provides that a charter application may be denied if:

(1)   the application is incomplete or inadequate;
(2)   the application does not propose to offer an educational program consistent with the requirements and purposes of the Charter Schools Act;
(3)   the proposed head administrator or other administrative or fiscal staff was involved with another charter school whose charter was denied or revoked for fiscal mismanagement or the proposed head administrator or other administrative or fiscal staff was discharged from a public school for fiscal mismanagement;
(4)   for a proposed state-chartered charter school, it does not request to have the governing body of the charter school designated as a board of finance or the governing body does not qualify as a board of finance; or
(5)   the application is otherwise contrary to the best interests of the charter school’s projected students, the local community or the school district in whose geographic boundaries the charter school applies to operate.



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