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The Condos Law office works and advises community charter schools and charter management organizations to offer advice and guidance in a number of difference areas.
The Condos Law Office is founded by Education Law Attorney Leo Condos who specializes in providing legal counsel, advice, and representation to community charter schools and charter management organizations. He has more than 25 years of experience in providing legal services to charter schools — from financing to employment and management.
Leo Condos with a recognizable degree of success in the fields of charter school and nonprofit law has a concrete understanding of challenges that charter schools and management organizations face. He has extensive experience in the field of charter school compliance, real estate, and education law, all valuable in representing his clients' best interests.
Counsel for the Charter School Industry
25 YEARS OF ADVISING THE CHARTER SCHOOL INDUSTRY
Condos Law Office understands the importance of providing access to education for students from all walks of life, especially if the state is unable to. To make this possible, Leo Condos offers comprehensive legal services to schools and organizations in need of counsel and representation in all aspects of charter school law and as a mediator and arbitrator of positive outcomes for his clients.
Legal Counsel for Charter Schools
Legal Advice for 501c3 Nonprofit Companies
Charter School Governance
Charter School Student Services
Charter School Real Estate/Zoning
Charter School Labor and Employment
What People are Asking
Here are answers to some of our most common questions:
1. What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools, but it operates under a charter or a contract with an authorizer. Students and their families have the option of attending, as opposed to be assigned to the local school in the district. The authorizer might be the state in which the school is located or the local board of education. Charter schools are granted flexibility from in some cases in exchange for a higher degree of accountability and ensuring that students maintain certain levels of performance.
2. Are charter schools public schools?
Yes, a charter school is a public school, as opposed to a private school. Charter schools receive public funding and are not allowed to charge tuition. They must also offer fair and open enrollment, be secular, and must serve all student populations, including students with disabilities and or those whose first language is not English. Charter schools have some of the freedoms private schools have, but they are not private and cannot act as such.
3. What is the difference between a charter school and a traditional public school?
Charter schools are different from traditional public schools in two primary ways: they are autonomous and they offer flexibility. They are governed by an autonomous non-profit board of directors, as opposed to the local board of education. They are also free from certain state and local rules and regulations, provided they meet certain obligations regarding accountability. This means they have the freedom to implement innovative or unique programs, and are better able to provide educational opportunities to parents and students.
4. What is the difference between a charter school and a magnet or theme school?
Magnet schools, sometimes called theme schools, are typically within a local school district that offers a particular instructional program. They might have admissions criteria that include test scores, teacher recommendations, or certain grades. On the other hand, charter schools operate independently from the local district and cannot have admissions criteria. Charter schools cannot require students to pass a test or have a certain GPA to gain admittance.
5. What is the difference between a charter school and a private school?
Charter schools are absolutely public schools. They are publicly funded, unable to charge tuition, and not allowed to have admissions criteria. Additionally, they are subject to many of the same state and all federal regulations as traditional public schools. This means students attending a charter school must participate in the same statewide assessments and accountability measures as traditional public school students. This is not always the case for private schools and the government has less authority over private schools.
6. What is a start-up charter school?
A start-up charter school is a charter school that was not a public school prior to becoming a charter school. It was started from scratch, as opposed to being turned or transitioned into a charter school after serving the community as a public school. In some cases, charter schools are created because the community believes a public school has failed. But in the case of a start-up, no school existed prior to the charter school.
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