Public Charter School Commission

Autonomy, Accountability, Access.

The Public Charter School Commission’s mission is to ensure PCSC-authorized public charter schools’ compliance with Idaho statute, protecting student and public interests by balancing high standards of accountability with respect for the autonomy of public charter schools and implementing best authorizing practices to ensure the excellence of public charter school options available to Idaho families.
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Idaho statute describes the process through which the PCSC may consider new charter petitions. Administrative rule and PCSC policy provide additional structure.

PCSC portfolio schools submit three reports directly to the authorizer and pay an authorizer fee annually. All public schools, including public charter schools, submit additional reports to the SDE and the SBE.

Idaho statute requires that all public charter schools in the state be periodically reviewed by their authorizer for the purpose of determining whether or not the charter school should continue operations. Public charter schools are considered for renewal every five years.

As a public charter school gains experience and develops its student body over time, its board may choose to apply to the authorizer for an expansion or other changes to the school model.