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SB 45 - Authorizes Public Charter Schools - Alabama Key Vote

Ken Johnson voted Yea (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Public Charter Schools

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (24-11) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Public Charter Schools

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes public charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes public charter schools to exist and operate under the state public education system (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a public charter school has autonomy over key decisions such as finance, personnel, and curriculum and is operated under the terms of a charter contract between the independent governing board and its authorizer (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that a public charter school is governed by an independent governing board that is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Sec. 4).

  • Establishes the Alabama Public Charter School Commission as an independent state entity to authorize public charter schools (Sec. 6).

  • Requires a public charter school application to be authorized by either the local school board or the Alabama Public Charter School Commission (Sec. 6).

  • Authorizes the commission to approve applications rejected by a local school board only if the rejected application satisfies 1 of the following measures (Sec. 6):

    • The applicant chooses to appeal the decision of the local school board to the commission; or

    • The applicant wishes to open a “startup public charter school” in a public school system that has chosen not to register as an authorizer.

  • Specifies that an applicant must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to submit an application to become a public charter school (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits a private or nonpublic school from establishing a public charter school (Sec. 2).

  • Prohibits an authorizer from approving more than 10 “start-up public charter schools” in any 1 fiscal year (Sec. 6).

  • Defines a “start-up public charter school” as a public charter school that did not exist as a non-charter public school prior to becoming a public charter school (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that there is no limit on the number of “conversion public charter schools” that may be approved (Sec. 6).

  • Defines a “conversion public charter school” as a public charter school that existed as a non-charter public school before becoming a public charter school and gives enrollment preference to students who reside within the former attendance zone of the public school (Sec. 4).

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (58-41) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Public Charter Schools

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the operation of public charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes public charter schools to exist and operate under the state public education system (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a public charter school has autonomy over key decisions such as finance, personnel, and curriculum and is operated under the terms of a charter contract between the independent governing board and its authorizer (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that a public charter school is governed by an independent governing board that is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Sec. 4).

  • Establishes the Alabama Public Charter School Commission as an independent state entity to authorize public charter schools (Sec. 6).

  • Requires a public charter school application to be authorized by either the local school board or the Alabama Public Charter School Commission (Sec. 6).

  • Authorizes the commission to approve applications rejected by a local school board only if the rejected application satisfies 1 of the following measures (Sec. 6):

    • The applicant chooses to appeal the decision of the local school board to the commission; or

    • The applicant wishes to open a “startup public charter school” in a public school system that has chosen not to register as an authorizer.

  • Specifies that an applicant must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to submit an application to become a public charter school (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits a private or nonpublic school from establishing a public charter school (Sec. 2).

  • Prohibits an authorizer from approving more than 10 “start-up public charter schools” in any 1 fiscal year (Sec. 6).

  • Defines a “start-up public charter school” as a public charter school that did not exist as a non-charter public school prior to becoming a public charter school (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that there is no limit on the number of “conversion public charter schools” that may be approved (Sec. 6).

  • Defines a “conversion public charter school” as a public charter school that existed as a non-charter public school before becoming a public charter school and gives enrollment preference to students who reside within the former attendance zone of the public school (Sec. 4).

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (22-12) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Public Charter Schools

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the operation of public charter schools.

Highlights:
  •  Authorizes public charter schools to exist and operate under the state public education system (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a public charter school has autonomy over key decisions such as finance, personnel, and curriculum and is operated under the terms of a charter contract between the independent governing board and its authorizer (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that a public charter school is governed by an independent governing board that is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Sec. 4).

  • Establishes the Alabama Public Charter School Commission as an independent state entity to authorize public charter schools (Sec. 6).

  • Requires a public charter school application to be authorized by either the local school board or the Alabama Public Charter School Commission (Sec. 6).

  • Authorizes the commission to approve applications rejected by a local school board only if the rejected application satisfies 1 of the following measures (Sec. 6):

    • The applicant chooses to appeal the decision of the local school board to the commission; or

    • The applicant wishes to open a “startup public charter school” in a public school system that has chosen not to register as an authorizer.

  • Specifies that an applicant must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to submit an application to become a public charter school (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits a private or nonpublic school from establishing a public charter school (Sec. 2).

  • Prohibits an authorizer from approving more than 10 “start-up public charter schools” in any 1 fiscal year (Sec. 6).

  • Defines a “start-up public charter school” as a public charter school that did not exist as a non-charter public school prior to becoming a public charter school (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that there is no limit on the number of “conversion public charter schools” that may be approved (Sec. 6).

  • Defines a “conversion public charter school” as a public charter school that existed as a non-charter public school before becoming a public charter school and gives enrollment preference to students who reside within the former attendance zone of the public school (Sec. 4).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Public Charter Schools

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