What is a charter school? 2 new charter schools open in Iowa

Two new public charter schools are slated to open this fall after the Iowa Board of Education granted conditional approval Thursday.

The state must sign contracts for the Hamburg Community School District, a 133-student district near the Nebraska-Missouri border, and Jordahl Academy, a private online school, in the next 30 days.

The charters are being created under the state’s newly expanded Charter Schools Act. The law was part of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ sweeping education agenda during the 2021 legislative session. The two groups were the only applicants. The short application period is held responsible for the lack of applicants. Charter school supporters say they expect more organizations to apply over the next year after the process is established.

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