2009 Rocky Mountain Teacher Fair

Contract Negotiations

After the charter application is approved by the local board of education, the two parties (the school founding group and the authorizer), must agree to the contract terms. State statute states that the parties have ninety days to fully execute the charter contract. A fully executed contract is one that is signed by both parties. The contract is the formal agreement between the school and the authorizer, and is the "charter" under which the school will operate. It outlines each party's rights and obligations, including reporting expectations.

The school should always consult an attorney with charter school law experience before signing any contract. It is important that the attorney representing the school take the lead during contract negotiations along with the charter school founding board. During this time, the school administrator (if hired) can focus on hiring staff members, marketing the school, and conducting open enrollment meetings.

Please contact the League at INFO@COLORADOLEAGUE.ORG for a list of Colorado Legal Counsel that specialize in various aspects of charter school law.

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