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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 24, 2015 01:33 PM
From: Representative Kevin J. Schreiber
To: All House members
Subject: Charter School Enrollment Legislation
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to prevent a charter school for which the charter has not been renewed from continuing to enroll students. This will help to prevent both confusion and disruption for students and families, and unnecessary expenditures of vital funds for education.

Existing law provides a payout to a non-renewed charter school for all students enrolled at the time of closure. Concerns have been raised that some closing charter schools continue to enroll students – despite knowing that the school is closing – possibly to increase their payout. I would like to stop the practice of enrolling students to a charter school set to shut its doors.

Consequently, my bill would prohibit charter schools from enrolling and accepting new students upon notification from the local school board that the charter has not been renewed. If the charter school files an appeal, the charter may accept new students while the appeal is being considered. However, immediately upon notification that the appeal has been denied by the Charter School Appeal Board, the charter school would be prohibited from accepting new students.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to ensure the improvement of the charter school system.

Introduced as HB1109