The Democratic Potential of Charter Schools

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Appendix A

Massachusetts Charter
School Legislation 1

Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993—
Chapter 71. Section 89. Charter schools.

Section 89. A charter school shall be a public school, operated under a charter granted by the secretary of education, which operates independently of any school committee and is managed by a board of trustees. The board of trustees of a charter school, upon receiving a charter from the secretary of education, shall be deemed to be public agents authorized by the commonwealth to supervise and control the charter school.

The purpose for establishing charter schools are: (1) to stimulate the development of innovative programs within public education; (2) to provide opportunities for innovative learning and assessments; (3) to provide parents and students with greater options in choosing schools within and outside their school districts; (4) to provide teachers with a vehicle for establishing schools with alternative, innovative methods of educational instruction and school structure and management; (5) to encourage performance-based educational programs and; (6) to hold teachers and school administrators accountable for students' educational outcomes.

Persons or entities eligible to submit an application to establish a charter school shall include, but not be limited to, a business or corporate entity, two or more certified teachers or ten or more parents. Said application may be filed in conjunction with a college, university, museum or other similar entity. Private and parochial schools are not eligible for charter school status.

The secretary of education shall establish the information needed in an application for the approval of a charter school; provided, however, that

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