The State Board's rules and policies regarding charter schools and charter school authorizers can be found here.
To apply to open a public charter school, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's Charter Schools website.
Charter Authorizer Evaluations
Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-13-145, the State Board shall ensure the effective operation of all authorizers 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.
For additional information on charter school authorizing best practices, please visit the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).
Charter School Appeals
Effective January 1, 2021, the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission (Charter Commission) governs the process for a charter school to appeal the denial of a new start application, amendment petition, renewal application, or revocation by a local board of education. For information regarding these processes, visit the Charter Commission's website here.
State Board Authorized Charter Schools
On July 1, 2021, the State Board's charter authorization responsibilities transitioned to the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, making the Charter Commission the LEA and authorizer for the State Board's authorized schools as well as any additional schools authorized by the Commission in the future. For more information on the Charter Commission's schools, visit the Charter Commission's website here.