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About Charter Schools


Charter Schools Program Monitoring Handbook for SEA Grantees Acrobat Reader

New Hampshire has been selected by the United States Department of Education to participate in a Charter Schools Program (CSP) federal monitoring site visit. New Hampshire is one of six states selected. New Hampshire's monitoring visit will take place May 5-9, 2014. The handbook above describes the purpose and process in monitoring the use of CSP federal funds.


Charter School Program Review Acrobat Reader

The Department of Education contracted with Class Measures Inc. to conduct an independent review of the New Hampshire Charter School Program. The purpose of the review was to evaluate the current charter school program and its implementation in New Hampshire, thereby providing legislators, administrators, parents, and community with a "snapshot" of the history and current status of the charter school program. The information generated by this review is intended to allow the New Hampshire community to make more informed decisions regarding the educational choices provided to New Hampshire students.

Charter School Pamphlet published in February 2011 Pamphlet about NH Charter Schools

 

The Charter School Advantage

Charter schools increase publicly funded opportunities for learning. Parents and students have more choices for accessing a quality education and have new ways to become involved in public education. Small class size, high academic standards, innovative teaching and a systemized, philosophical approach to education are all reasons that parents and teachers alike praise charter schools. Instead of being held accountable for compliance to a set of rules and regulations, charter schools are accountable for delivering academic results, and balancing the needs of students and their parents as they meet their charter requirements. While open to all students, most charter schools are established to fulfill a particular educational vision or to address a particular subset of the general public school population.

The Charter School Movement in New Hampshire

New Hampshire enacted charter school legislation in 1995. According to the NH Department of Education, New Hampshire is testing the charter school waters in a careful and measured way. The hope is to realize the advantages possible through charter schools.

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