About the Board
Mission: To improve public education in Arizona by sponsoring charter schools that provide quality educational choices.
Through legislation in 1994, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools (“Board”) was created. The Board is a charter authorizer responsible for overseeing public charter schools that operate under a contract with the Board. Overseeing more than 550 charter schools, the Board is the largest charter school authorizer in Arizona and is one of the nation’s largest independent state authorizers.
In support of our mission, the following are the Board’s three strategic goals:
- Promote the Board’s mission and continue to improve its authorizing practices to ensure quality educational choices are available to Arizona students and families.
- The Board will continue to monitor and improve the Board’s Performance Frameworks and processes in order to meet the changing needs of the educational landscape and to ensure compliance and high expectations of the charter schools it authorizes.
- To provide increased support, collaboration, and communication to the Board’s charter holder portfolio and charter school community.
Updated: August 2023
Current Board Members
The 11-member board is comprised of the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee, six members of the general public one of whom shall reside on an Indian reservation, two members of the business community, one charter school operator, and one charter school teacher. With the exception of the Superintendent of Public Instruction/superintendent’s designee, whose term coincides with the Superintendent’s term in office, all members are appointed by the Governor to serve four-year terms. Additionally, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives appoint three non-voting advisory members of the legislature.
Board members are ultimately responsible for the Board’s authorizing activities, including but not limited to decisions to grant, renew or revoke a charter.
Contacting Board Staff
You can contact Board staff through the emails listed. Please be advised that any email sent to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools is considered a public document of the State of Arizona and is subject to a public records request pursuant to A.R.S. §39-121. You may also send an email to [email protected].
Meet Your Education Program Manager (“EPM”)
To provide clear and consistent communication between charter holders and Board staff, each charter holder has been assigned to an EPM. The EPM assigned to a charter holder is the primary point of contact for the charter representative and is responsible for all processes (interval review, renewal, amendment requests) for that charter holder.
For each charter holder the list identifies the EPM assigned to the charter as well as the EPM’s phone number and email address.