CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and Single-School District Plans

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March 2, 2012

Question: Is it true that although charter schools are not explicitly required by the state to submit a Single-School District (SSD) Plan (a Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan + a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)), a direct-funded charter school is required to submit an SSD Plan as it relates to qualifying for federal funding under NCLB (Title I/III/V, etc.)?

Answer: According to the Improvement and Accountability Division of the CDE, a direct-funded charter is required to submit, and receive SBE approval of, either an SSD (which incorporates requirements of the SPSA) or an LEA Plan to be eligible for federal funds. If a direct-funded charter submits an LEA Plan (rather than the SSD) an SPSA is not required if the charter plan incorporates all the information contained in the SPSA.

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