One of the ways the CMSD works with high-quality charter schools is as a charter school sponsor, also known as authorizer. Charter school sponsors enter into a contract with the governing board of charter schools. The contract outlines the obligations of both parties.
Sponsors have legal obligations to provide sufficient technical assistance and oversight and monitoring. Sponsors must ensure that the schools meet all legally mandated fiscal, academic, and operational requirements.
CMSD currently sponsors 11 charter schools. Nine of these are part of the Breakthrough Schools Network. CMSD also sponsors Stonebrook Montessori and Promise Academy, a dropout recovery school.