Charter Schools

Maryland charter schools are public schools operated by an independent nonprofit organization.  The charter is awarded by the local board of education, and grants the school more operational autonomy than non-charter public schools.  Public charter schools are tuition-free and open to all students. The Maryland State Department of Education provides support and guidance to local school systems engaged in authorizing public charter schools, and to charter school operators.

Infographic about Maryland Charter Schools

RFQ: Facilitation and Support for Local School System Charter School Liaisons

The Maryland State Department of Education is seeking a partner to help facilitate the work of Maryland's charter school liaisons  - these are the key staff in the local school system who direct authorizing of charter schools by evaluating charter applications, and managing the oversight of operating charter schools. Details may be found in the Request for Quotation (RFQ), which seeks a consultant-contractor to help facilitate meetings of Local School System staff in this important role. Responses are due June 1, 2020.


The Maryland Charter Schools Program Grants Page will be updated with information about the grant program. Also follow @MSDE_Charter for updates and announcements about the grant program.

Maryland Charter Schools

Contact Information

Carol Beck
Office of School Innovations
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
410-767-3678 Office