Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
The State's Board of Regents shall not approve a charter to a school whose overall operation or education program is managed by a for profit entity.
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
No more than 35 charters can be granted in total, and at least one-half of the total number of charter public schools must be reserved for charter school applications that are designed to increase educational opportunities for at-risk pupils.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
However, a district charter school can negotiate transportation services with the school district in which the district charter school is located
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
Teachers and administrators in district charter schools, independent charter schools, and mayoral academies must be certified pursuant to state law and regulation.
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
We did not find statutes regarding full-time virtual schools. However, school districts and charter schools can access virtual course programs for students. In partnership with the commissioner of higher education, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education shall promote access to high quality virtual courses for all public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
No voucher programs found.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?
"Whenever the school committee of any city or town shall find that it is more convenient or expedient for any child residing in the city or town to attend school in an adjoining city or town, the committee may arrange with the school authorities of the city or town for the attendance of the child at their schools, and may pay for the tuition out of the city or town appropriation for public schools. The amount paid shall be used for school purposes only."
Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?
"This chapter shall be construed and applied to:... (7) Provide for the transportation of public school students who attend schools located outside of the city or town in which they reside, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of pupils who live at such distances from the schools which they attend as to make it impractical or hazardous to require the pupil to walk to school."