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HB 315 - Establishes Public Charter Schools - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Failed (House) (49-50) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Public Charter Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes public charter schools, effective July 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the Independent State Public Charter School Commission for the purpose of approving "authorizers" of public charter schools throughout the state (Sec. 4).
  • Defines an “authorizer” as an entity authorized to review proposals, determine whether to approve proposals for entering into a charter contract, enter into charter contracts with applicants, oversee public charter schools, and determine whether to renew or revoke charter contracts (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the following entities to apply to the Independent State Public Charter School Commission for chartering authority (Sec. 5):
    • Local school boards may register within the boundaries of the school district overseen by the school board; and
    • Governing bodies of accredited public or private postsecondary institutions may apply for statewide, regional, or local chartering authority.
  • Prohibits nonpublic sectarian or religious organizations and any other charitable organizations from registering as chartering authorizers (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that public charter schools will receive funding on a per-student basis that is equal to the average per-student spending of the local school district (Sec. 15).
  • Specifies that a charter school authorizer is responsible for cetain powers and duties including the following, but not limited to (Sec. 6):
    • The solicitation and evaluation of charter proposals;
    • The approval of charter proposals that meet educational needs and promote a range of education choices;
    • The monitoring of, in accordance with charter contract terms, the performance and legal compliance of public charter schools; and
    • The determination of whether each charter contract merits renewal or revocation.
  • Specifies that public charter schools are not subject to the provisions of any state or local rule, regulation, policy, or procedure relating to non-charter public schools, except for the federal and state accountability requirements (Secs. 10 & 14).
  • Requires public charter schools to be open to any student residing in the state and to select students through a lottery if capacity is insufficient to enroll all students who wish to attend (Sec. 11).
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Title: Establishes Public Charter Schools

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