Reauthorization Updates

Another Choice Virtual Charter School's Board of Trustees and Superintendent want to assure the school community that ACVS is actively pursuing an appeal to the Idaho State Board of Education regarding the recent decision of the Idaho Public Charter School Commission (IPCSC) to not re-authorize the ACVS Charter.

The newly constituted Board of Trustees and Superintendent are working with the IPCSC, the Department of Education, and other educational partners to resolve the IPCSC findings.  In line with these partnerships and our unwavering commitment to the overall wellbeing of the students and their families we serve, ACVS shares the following information with you:

  1. Why should I support ACVS’ appeal to the Idaho State Board of Education?

    ACVS provides an individual and personalized instructional approach distinctly different  from traditional public education to over 450 students and their families.  ACVS in many cases provides an educational process and environment that enables students who have been unsuccessful to get on the right track academically.

  2. Why did the Idaho Public Charter School Commission not reauthorize the ACVS Charter?

    The overarching issues consisted of a determined conflict of interest in 2020 as a result of a past Board member and the charter school administrator's affiliation with a business that the charter school contracted with since 2010; a concern over lack of financial stability as a result of  the loss of revenues due to state funding changes, decreased enrollment and income loss to ISEE reporting errors in 2019; and low student academic achievement on Idaho Standards Achievement Tests.

  3. What steps have been taken to change the ACVS course?

    • The Board of Trustees has been reconstituted and the charter school administrator has stepped down resolving existing conflicts of interest.

    • Additional human resources have been added to support the charter school in accurately meeting ISEE requirements accurately and on time.

    • Student enrollment and the alignment of school budget expenditures to current funding has allowed the charter school to regain its long-standing financial stability.

  4. What steps have been taken to support ongoing student academic growth?

    ACVS has worked with the Idaho Department of Education’s School Improvement planning process that focused on implementing standards-based curriculum, research-based instructional practices, regularly monitoring student achievement progress and participating in ongoing professional development, all of which have strengthened our program, and supported increases in academic achievement.

  5. What happens if the school charter is not renewed?

    ACVS will have to close its doors after serving the Caldwell, Nampa, and Boise areas for 12 years officially on June 30, 2022.  Students and families will have to return to the district in which they live, enroll in another charter, or find some other alternative to meet their students' needs.

  6.  What does the appeal process entail?

    • ACVS submitted a Notice of Appeal in writing to the State Board of Education on April 4th which is within thirty (30) days from the date of the written decision of non-renewal from the Idaho Public Charter School Commission (IPCSC).

    • A public hearing to review the decision of IPCSC shall be conducted within thirty (30) days after the date of the filing of the notice of appeal.

    • The State Board of Education may appoint a charter appeal committee, appoint a public hearing officer, or conduct the public hearing itself.

    • The entity conducting the public hearing may hold a prehearing conference to formulate or simplify the issues; obtain admissions or stipulations of fact and documents; identify whether there is any additional information that had not been presented to the authorized chartering entity; arrange for exchange of any proposed exhibits or prepared expert testimony; limit the number of witnesses; determine the procedure at the hearing; and to determine any other matters which may expedite the orderly conduct and disposition of the proceeding.

    • If the public hearing is conducted by a charter appeal committee or appointed public hearing officer, then such committee or public hearing officer shall forward to the State Board of Education all materials relating to the hearing as soon as reasonably practicable after the date of the public hearing. If so requested by the Board, the entity conducting the public hearing may prepare recommended findings for the Board to consider. The recommended findings shall include specific findings on all major facts at issue; a reasoned statement in support of the recommendation; all other findings and recommendations of the charter appeal committee or public hearing officer; and a recommended decision affirming, or reversing the action or decision of the authorized chartering entity.  The Board shall consider the materials forwarded by the entity conducting the public  hearing, including any recommended finding of the charter appeal committee or  appointed public hearing officer, as may be applicable, in a meeting open to the public.     

    • The State Board of Education shall issue a final written decision on such appeal within sixty (60) days from the date of the public hearing. The decision shall be sent to both the appellant public charter school and the authorized chartering entity. With respect to such written decision, the Board may take any of the following actions:

      • Grant the appeal and reverse the decision of the authorized chartering entity if the Board determines that the authorized chartering entity failed to appropriately consider the non-renewal or revocation of the charter, or the request to revise the charter or performance certificate, or that the authorized chartering authority acted in an arbitrary manner in determining to non-renew or revoke the charter, or in denying the request to revise the charter or performance certificate.

      • Deny the appeal filed by the appellants.

  7. How can I help?

    You can help by encouraging your student(s) to stay engaged in their learning process, to do their very best on the upcoming ISAT and to finishing the school year strong.  In addition, you can support your teacher, support staff, and school with words of encouragement and/or writing a letter of support.