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Charter School Appeals

Effective January 1, 2020, public charter school sponsors will be able to appeal the denial of an application by a local board of education to the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-13-108. The Tennessee Public Charter School Commission’s decision on appeal shall be final and not subject to further appeal. 

For additional information on charter school authorizing best practices, please visit the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). 

To apply for a public charter school, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's Charter Schools website. 


State Board Authorized Charter Schools

On July 1, 2021, the State Board's charter authorization responsibilities will shift to the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, making the Commission the LEA for current State Board authorized schools as well as any others authorized in the future. 


Charter Authorizer Evaluations

Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-13-145, the State Board shall ensure the effective operation of authorizers in the state and shall evaluate authorizer quality. The State Board is charged with conducting periodic evaluations of authorizers to determine authorizer compliance. An authorizer’s failure to remedy non-compliance may result in the reduction of the authorizer fee.