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State Public Charter School Authority Board

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*Nevada does not have a cap on the number of charter schools permitted to operate under state law.

For Charter School Information contact:

Steve Canavero, Ph.D.
State Public Charter School Authority
1749 Stewart Street, Suite 40
Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 687-9174


Charter schools are public elementary, middle or secondary schools that are relatively autonomous schools of choice. They operate under a charter, or contract, issued by a public entity such as a local school district or State Board of Education. Individual states determine in their charter school legislation which rules must be adhered to, which rules may be waived, and which procedures must be followed to obtain a charter. In return for their autonomy, charter schools are held accountable for student performance: If the goals of the school set forth in the charter are not reached, the school’s charter may be revoked or not renewed.

The primary consideration of the Nevada Legislature in enacting legislation to authorize charter schools is to serve the best interests of all pupils, including pupils who may be at risk. The intention of the legislature is to provide:

  • The board of trustees of school districts with a method to experiment with providing a variety of independent public schools to the pupils of this state;
  • A framework for such experimentation;
  • A mechanism by which the results achieved by charter schools may be measured and analyzed; and
  • A procedure by which the positive results achieved by charter schools may be replicated and the negative results may be identified and eliminated. CSD

It is further the intention of the legislature to provide teachers and other educational personnel, parents, legal guardians and other persons who are interested in the system of public education in this state the opportunity to:

  • Improve the learning of pupils and, by extension, improve the system of public education;
  • Increase the opportunities for learning and access to quality education by pupils;
  • Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;
  • Establish appropriate measures for and assessments of the learning achieved by pupils who are enrolled in charter schools;
  • Provide a more thorough and efficient system of accountability of the results achieved in public education in this state; and
  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers and other educational personnel, including, without limitation, the opportunity to increase the accessibility and responsibility of teachers and other educational personnel for the program of learning offered.


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Carson City Main (MAP)
700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 687-9200  
Fax: (775) 687-9101

Carson City Satellite (MAP)
755 N. Roop Street, Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 687-7300
Fax: (775) 687-8636

Las Vegas  (MAP)
9890 South Maryland Parkway,
Suite 221
Las Vegas, Nevada 89183
Phone: (702) 486-6458 (8am-5pm)
Fax: (702) 486-6450

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