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Waiver Request


The Schools of Choice Office has initiated the rule-making process to revise the existing list of automatic waivers due to recent changes in legislation. Until that process is complete and the new automatic waiver list is available, all waivers will go before the State Board for approval.

Waiver Request Guidance-Charter Schools

This document provides an overview about why charter schools can request to waive out of state statute and rule, the process to apply for these waivers, how schools and districts receive notification of approval, frequently asked questions, and more. 

For a waiver request to be reviewed, please provide:

  • An electronic, signed copy of the charter contract between the charter school and its authorizer, which includes a complete request of waivers as an appendix
  • Waiver Request Form - complete, typed and signed (updated 11/16/12)
  • A Rationale and Replacement Plan (RRP) for each waiver requested from state statute. This is a requirement for automatic and non-automatic waivers. View a Sample RRP.

Related Law/Rules

School Readiness Assessments:

Charter schools may choose to waive school readiness assessments, and as true for all waivers, schools are accountable for explaining how they will meet the intent of the law.  Adequate replacement plans will address the following key components of the statute in their rationale and replacement plan:

  • Identify how the school will assess each component of school readiness as it is defined in statute; physical well-being and motor development, social and emotional development, language and comprehension development, and cognitive and general knowledge. What is the method or methods of assessing that will be used?  These assessments do not need to be tests; observation protocols, and other qualitative methods may be used. 
  • Briefly describe the school’s plan for providing intervention to students based on what they learn from their readiness assessment process. This may include naming a range of possible interventions or strategies, or the description of a general approach.


S.B. 10-191 (The Great Teachers and Leaders Bill):

Charter schools make seek a waiver to enable them to perform their own performance evaluations. Please see Memo-S.B. 10-191: Reporting for Charters (updated 6/25/14) for more information.

Approved Waivers by Charter School

Please contact Kelly Rosensweet with any questions:

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