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Charter Board

Charter School Governing Boards: A charter school is required by law to be governed by a governing board that is a party to the contract with the authorizing entity. No more than a minority of the governing board's members may be employees of the charter school or employees or officers of the school district in which the charter school is located. Subject to the terms of its contract, a charter school governing board has all the powers necessary to carry out the terms of its contract, including the following:

  1. To receive and disburse funds for school purposes.
  2. To secure appropriate insurance.
  3. To enter into contracts, including contracts with a University of Wisconsin institution or college campus, technical college district board, or private college or university, for technical or financial assistance, academic support, curriculum review, or other services.
  4. To incur debt in reasonable anticipation of the receipt of funds.
  5. To pledge, assign, or encumber its assets to be used as collateral for loans or extensions of credit.
  6. To solicit and accept gifts or grants for school purposes.
  7. To acquire real property for its use.
  8. To sue and be sued in its own name.

A charter school governing board may not charge tuition, with an exception for out-of-state pupils enrolled in virtual charter schools, which is described below.

A charter school governing board is prohibited from discriminating in admission or denying participation in any program or activity on the basis of a person's sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, with an exception for single-sex schools or classes previously described.

A charter school governing board must be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations. If a charter school replaces a public school, in whole or in part, the charter school governing board must give preference in admission to any pupil residing within the current or former attendance area of that public school.

Please watch this video for an explanation on "What is a Charter School!"

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