Charter Schools - Does the state allow existing public schools to convert to charter schools?

Charter Schools - Does the state allow existing public schools to convert to charter schools?

June 2014


At the present time, 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have enacted charter school laws, so this database contains information only for them. It does not contain any information for the 8 states that have not enacted charter school laws.

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Does the state allow existing public schools to convert to charter schools?
Alaska Yes
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes
California Yes
Colorado Yes
Connecticut Yes
Delaware Yes
District of Columbia Yes
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes
Hawaii Yes
Idaho Yes
Illinois Yes
Indiana Yes
Iowa Yes
Kansas Yes
Louisiana Yes
Maine Yes
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts Yes
Michigan No
Minnesota Yes. At least 60% of the full-time teachers at the school must sign a petition seeking conversion.
Mississippi Yes
Missouri Yes
Nevada No. The law specifically prohibits conversions of existing public schools, homeschools, or private schools that cease to operate as private schools and reopen as charters. 
New Hampshire Yes.
New Jersey Yes. However, state law requires 51% of the teaching staff to sign a petition in support. A high-performing nonpublic school in a failing district may also apply to convert.
New Mexico No. However, conversions approved prior to July 1, 2007, are allowed.
New York Yes. 
North Carolina Yes. Applications have to include statement of support signed by a majority of the teachers and support personnel and evidence that the majority of parents support the application.
Ohio Yes. However, a vote of the majority of the board or governing authority is required.
Oklahoma Yes. However, state law prohibits an entire district from becoming a school site.
Oregon Yes
Pennsylvania Yes
Rhode Island Yes
South Carolina Yes
Tennessee Yes
Texas Yes
Utah Yes
Virginia Yes
Washington Yes
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming Yes
Puerto Rico Yes


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