90-668 C.M.R. ch. 2, § 5 - REVIEW TEAM and REVIEW PROCESS

1. Review team

Each application must be evaluated by a Review Team composed of not more than 3 Commission members. If needed to comply with Title 20-A, section 2407, subsection 4, paragraph A, the Commission may also appoint to the Review Team non-Commission members with necessary expertise in matters not present among Commission members on the Review Team.

The Commission shall name one member to serve as chair of the Review Team.

2. Evaluation by members

Each team member shall separately:

A. Read each application assigned to the team;
B. Rate each application section using the evaluation criteria set forth in the application, and provide written comment explaining the basis for each rating; and
C. If appropriate, provide recommendations for conditions that must be met in order to receive full approval for a charter.
3. Assistance by technical experts

If needed in the review process, the Review Team may request assistance of technical experts, including department staff and others, in the fields of curriculum and instruction, business and financial management, school governance, law, special education, family and community participation, and assessment and accountability. The technical experts shall read and comment on the relevant parts of the application and identify in writing to the Review Team_any issues or problems related to their area of expertise that may affect the integrity of the application or the eventual ability of the applicant to perform.

4. Limit on discussion of applications

A person participating in the review process, including but not limited to technical experts, may not discuss with an applicant any application filed with the Commission during the review cycle in which the person is participating in the review process, from the time the person is asked to participate in the review process and the time the Commission takes a final vote on all applications submitted in that review cycle.

5. Team recommendation

The Review Team shall meet as a group to craft a recommendation to the full Commission regarding each application. The Review Team chair shall conduct the meeting. The chair of the Review Team shall report the team's recommendation and the basis for the recommendation, in writing, to the full Commission If the Review Team's vote on a recommendation is not unanimous, the chair shall report both viewpoints to the full Commission and describe the basis for each.


90-668 C.M.R. ch. 2, § 5

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