The Charter Schools Division (CSD) is committed to ensuring that charter schools are the incubators for the most innovative and effective educational models in the public school system. We provide technical assistance and tools to help charter schools: use nationally recognized best practices, comply with charter school and NM laws, understand and implement state and federal initiatives and programs, and evolve and expand their positive influence on students, teachers, parents, and communities in New Mexico.
We use a systems approach to working with our schools including advising and supporting them on initial and renewal applications, and working with them to employ innovative practices that work.
About New Mexico Charter Schools
We collaborate with other Public Education Department bureaus, local authorizers, and the state authorizer, the Public Education Commission, to promote educational innovation and excellence.
We view compliance as a minimum standard, used to springboard schools to fulfill their dreams of educating the next generation of New Mexico youth to be productive and fulfilled members of our local and global community, and to provide additional models of schooling our young citizens
A charter school is a public school developed by one or more parents, teachers, or community members authorized by the local school board (district charter schools) or the Public Education Commission (state charter schools) to provide an alternative educational setting to parents and students in the public school system. Charter schools provide an opportunity to create new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children.
The CSD of the NM Public Education Department is responsible for the implementation of the provisions of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to charter schools. However, the CSD's main purview is the monitoring and support of state charter schools.