90-668 C.M.R. ch. 2, § 7 - INTERVIEW and PUBLIC HEARING
The Commission shall arrange for an in-person interview of applicants whose applications meet the criteria set forth in section 6, subsection 1. Included in the interview must be board members representing the governing board of the applicant, including the chair of the board, the proposed school leadership team and the leaders of any education service provider with which the applicant proposes to contract for educational or management services.
The interview is used by the Commission to ask questions in order to clarify information provided in the application, to seek additional information, to determine whether members of the Board and school leaders understand their obligations for academic and operational accountability, and to gauge the applicant's capacity to effectively launch and oversee the proposed charter school.
After conducting an in-person interview, the Commission shall hold a hearing to receive comments from the public on applications that the Commission is considering. In addition to providing notice in the manner it provides notice for Commission meetings, the Commission must provide notice by a method designed to ensure that residents of the geographic area most likely to be impacted by the proposed school receive notice of the hearing.
The purpose of the hearing is to elicit public comment on the expected impact of the proposed charter school on students, parents, the community to be served by the school, and public education in the State.
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