Welcome to the Public Comment Forum!
Through this forum, the charter community and other stakeholders have an opportunity to voice their position on a potential rule or policy and provide valuable information on how it may impact you and your community. Your feedback will assist the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools (Board) and improve its services to the charter community.
We appreciate you taking the time to participate in this forum and look forward to hearing from you.
Proposed Changes to Financial Framework and Other Rules
The Board has drafted proposed changes to the Financial Performance Framework and other rules. Specifically, the changes proposed under this rule package will:
1. Implement the probation risk levels and the criteria for not meeting the minimum financial performance expectations approved by the Board at its April 12, 2021 meeting [see R7-5-402]. Please note the draft rules include repealing the existing R7-5-402 and replacing it with the version found in this rule package.
2. Modify certain financial framework submission and other requirements [see R7-5-101, R7-5-402, R7-5-509 and R7-5-511].
3. Establish a timeframe for charter school governing bodies to publicly accept their audit reports by roll call vote [see R7-5-501(I)]. This rule is being added to implement Laws 2021, Chapter 7, sec. 3.
4. Modify the process for considering charter holder extension requests for financial framework submissions and audit corrective action plans [see R7-5-402(P), R7-5-504(J) and R7-5-501(G)].
Arizona Revised Statutes (“A.R.S.”) §15-183(R) requires the Board, as a sponsoring entity of a charter school, to ground its actions in evidence of the charter holder’s performance in accordance with the Board’s performance framework and requires the Board’s performance framework to include the financial expectations of the charter school. A.R.S. §15-182(E)(1) requires the Board to exercise general supervision over the charter schools that it sponsors.
You may access the proposed rule changes here.
POSTING PERIOD: June 30, 2021 – July 20, 2021
Please submit your feedback in writing to the Board during the posting period using one of the following options:
Written comments may be emailed to [email protected].
Written comments may be mailed to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, P.O. Box 18328, Phoenix, AZ 85005.
Written comments may be delivered to the Board office located at 1616 W. Adams St., Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
For all responses, please provide the following information:
All public comment received by July 20, 2021 will be presented to the Board and members of the public will have an additional opportunity to provide comment to the Board at the meeting during which the Board considers the proposed changes to Board rules.