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Charter Schools

Charter schools differ from public and magnet schools in that they operate independently from school districts and are held accountable by an entity called an authorizer.

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Charter schools operate under a performance contract with their authorizer. This gives them more autonomy to serve student needs in return for a commitment to meet higher standards of accountability. In New Mexico, there are two different authorizers:

Charter School Lists

Frequently Asked Questions About Charter Schools

Policy & Procedural Directive

Governing Board

Charter School Authorizing

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The videos below from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers give a great overview of the roles and responsibilities of an authorizer and why authorizing matters. Please select closed captioning for ease of accessibility.

Contact Information

Main Phone: (505) 880-3790

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25704 Albuquerque, NM 87125-0704

Physical Address:
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 600 East Albuquerque, NM 87110 Map