Federal, state, and local requirements.
(a) A charter school shall meet all federal, state, and local health and safety requirements applicable to school districts.
(b) A school must comply with statewide accountability requirements governing standards and assessments in chapter 120B.
(c) A school authorized by a school board may be located in any district, unless the school board of the district of the proposed location disapproves by written resolution.
(d) A charter school must be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations. An authorizer may not authorize a charter school or program that is affiliated with a nonpublic sectarian school or a religious institution. A charter school student must be released for religious instruction, consistent with section 120A.22, subdivision 12, clause (3).
(e) Charter schools must not be used as a method of providing education or generating revenue for students who are being home-schooled. This paragraph does not apply to shared time aid under section 126C.19.
(f) The primary focus of a charter school must be to provide a comprehensive program of instruction for at least one grade or age group from five through 18 years of age. Instruction may be provided to people younger than five years and older than 18 years of age.
(g) A charter school may not charge tuition.
(h) A charter school is subject to and must comply with chapter 363A and section 121A.04.
(i) A charter school is subject to and must comply with the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, sections 121A.40 to 121A.56, and the Minnesota Public School Fee Law, sections 123B.34 to 123B.39.
(j) A charter school is subject to the same financial audits, audit procedures, and audit requirements as a district, except as required under subdivision 6a. Audits must be conducted in compliance with generally accepted governmental auditing standards, the federal Single Audit Act, if applicable, and section 6.65. A charter school is subject to and must comply with sections 15.054; 118A.01; 118A.02; 118A.03; 118A.04; 118A.05; 118A.06; 471.38; 471.391; 471.392; and 471.425. The audit must comply with the requirements of sections 123B.75 to 123B.83, except to the extent deviations are necessary because of the program at the school. Deviations must be approved by the commissioner and authorizer. The Department of Education, state auditor, legislative auditor, or authorizer may conduct financial, program, or compliance audits. A charter school determined to be in statutory operating debt under sections 123B.81 to 123B.83 must submit a plan under section 123B.81, subdivision 4.
(k) A charter school is a district for the purposes of tort liability under chapter 466.
(l) A charter school must comply with chapters 13 and 13D; and sections 120A.22, subdivision 7; 121A.75; and 260B.171, subdivisions 3 and 5.
(m) A charter school is subject to the Pledge of Allegiance requirement under section 121A.11, subdivision 3.
(n) A charter school offering online courses or programs must comply with section 124D.095.
(o) A charter school and charter school board of directors are subject to chapter 181.
(p) A charter school must comply with section 120A.22, subdivision 7, governing the transfer of students' educational records and sections 138.163 and 138.17 governing the management of local records.
(q) A charter school that provides early childhood health and developmental screening must comply with sections 121A.16 to 121A.19.
(r) A charter school that provides school-sponsored youth athletic activities must comply with section 121A.38.
(s) A charter school is subject to and must comply with continuing truant notification under section 260A.03.
(t) A charter school must develop and implement a teacher evaluation and peer review process under section 122A.40, subdivision 8, paragraph (b), clauses (2) to (12).
(u) A charter school must adopt a policy, plan, budget, and process, consistent with section 120B.11, to review curriculum, instruction, and student achievement and strive for the world's best workforce.
124D.8955 PARENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT POLICY.
(a) In order to promote and support student achievement, a local school board is encouraged to formally adopt and implement a parent and family involvement policy that promotes and supports:
(1) communication between home and school that is regular, two-way, and meaningful;
(2) parenting skills;
(3) parents and caregivers who play an integral role in assisting student learning and learn about fostering students' academic success and learning at home and school;
(4) welcoming parents in the school and seeking their support and assistance;
(5) partnerships with parents in the decisions that affect children and families in the schools; and
(6) providing community resources to strengthen schools, families, and student learning.
(b) A school board that implements a parent and family involvement policy under paragraph (a) must convene an advisory committee composed of an equal number of resident parents who are not district employees and school staff to make recommendations to the board on developing and evaluating the board's parent and family involvement policy. If possible, the advisory committee must represent the diversity of the district. The advisory committee must consider the district's demographic diversity and barriers to parent involvement when developing its recommendations.
The advisory committee must present its recommendations to the board for board consideration.
(c) The board must consider best practices when implementing this policy.
(d) The board periodically must review this policy to determine whether it is aligned with the most current research findings on parent involvement policies and practices and how effective the policy is in supporting increased student achievement.
(e) Nothing in this section obligates a school district to exceed any parent or family involvement requirement under federal law.