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SB 176 - Authorizes Low-Achieving Schools to Become Charter Schools - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (22-15) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Low-Achieving Schools to Become Charter Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes procedures for designating persistently low-achieving schools as charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the formation of charter schools as tuition-free public schools and establishes procedures for the conversion of existing public schools into charter schools (Secs. 1 & 3).
  • Specifies that only existing public schools can be converted to charter schools (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a local board of education to designate a persistently low-achieving school as a charter school (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the principal of a persistently low-achieving school to present staff with the option to convert to a charter school if 20% of staff sign a petition, and requires the school to convert to a charter school if there is 2/3 approval by all staff (Sec. 1).  
  • Requires the principal of a persistently low-achieving school to present parents and guardians with the option to convert to a charter school if 20% of parents and guardians sign a petition, and requires the school to convert to a charter school if there is 2/3 approval by voting parents and guardians (Sec. 1).  
  • Requires the educational programs established by a charter school to meet or exceed the student performance standards adopted by the state board (Sec. 4).
  • Exempts charter schools from being subject to specific district policies and state administrative regulations (Sec. 3).
  • Requires the local school board to distribute to a charter school the proportionate share of federal, state and local funds for each student who is a resident of the district and enrolled in the charter school (Sec. 7).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Low-Achieving Schools to Become Charter Schools

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