Education One, LLC. must develop a charter school protocol “to ensure timely notification to parents, orderly transition of students and student records to new schools, and proper disposition of school funds, property, and assets” (IC 20-24-9-4.5 (a)). Additionally, Education One, LLC. must, if a charter school closes for any reason, “oversee and work with the closing charter school to ensure a smooth and orderly closure and transition for students and parents…” (IC 20-24-9-4.5(b)). This document is designed to both fulfill these statutory obligations and to provide transparency and information to Education One, LLC. authorized schools.
The closure process has three major components: (1) notice; (2) presenting contrary evidence to closure; and (3) winding down of operations. These components are similar for both revocation and nonrenewal, though some components differ slightly.
Revocation Process: Education One understands that at times, it may be necessary to revoke an Organizer’s Charter in the middle of the Charter term. After assessing the Organizer’s noncompliance with the charter and their performance related to the performance framework, as well as any other relevant information, Education One, LLC. will provide written notice to revoke the charter agreement to the Organizer. Revocation notification will include (1) the grounds for revocation; (2) information regarding the revocation process; and (3) a revocation date. An appeal hearing will be automatically scheduled within 30 days of providing written recommendation of revocation to the Organizer (see the section below on Requesting a Hearing).
Within 5 days following an Appeal Hearing, the Education One board will be presented with the staff’s revocation recommendation, as well as a recommendation from the Hearing Panel. Based on these recommendations, the Education One Board will meet and vote on whether to revoke the Charter. Education One, LLC’s revocation decision is final. If the Education One Board votes to revoke the Charter, the Organizer, via the Board Chair, and Principal will be notified within 24 hours via phone or email. Revocation notification will include the projected last day of charter existence.
Nonrenewal Process: After conducting a formal assessment of the Organizer’s performance over the term of the Charter contract, in accordance with the performance framework, Education One staff will provide a written recommendation to nonrenew the charter agreement to the Education One Board. The Organizer and the Principal of the School will also receive the written recommendation via email at least 30 days prior to a scheduled Education One, LLC. board meeting. The Organizer will have 20 days to submit any documentation to Education One staff, showing cause as to why the Charter should be renewed and/or proposing to cure the specified condition. The Education One Board will be presented with the staff’s recommendation to nonrenew, as well as any documentation submitted by the Organizer. After deliberation, the Education One Board will vote on whether to nonrenew the Charter. Education One, LLC’s decision to nonrenew is final. Following the meeting, the Organizer, via the Board Chair, and Principal will be notified of the Board’s decision, within 24 hours via phone or email. Nonrenewal notification will include the projected last day of charter existence.
Requesting a Hearing: Education One, LLC. assumes that the Organizer will request an appeal of the revocation recommendation, and therefore, will schedule a Hearing within 30 days of providing written recommendation of revocation to the Organizer. At the Hearing the Organizer will have a period of time to respond to the recommendation to revoke the charter (2 hours).
This opportunity allows the Organizer to submit documents and give testimony in support of the continuation of the charter school. All documents must be submitted to the Managing Director of Education One via email, within 5 business days prior to the scheduled hearing. The organizer is entitled to representation by counsel at the scheduled hearing. Within 5 days following the Hearing, the Hearing Panel will submit their final findings to the Education One Board.
Winding Down of Operations: A guiding checklist will be used for the winding down of operations.
All of the above items can be found in the Closure Protocol document.