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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 5, 2019 08:45 AM
From: Representative Mike Reese
To: All House members
Subject: Charter School Reform – Ethics Requirements for Charter Trustees and Administrators
 
Please join me by cosponsoring legislation that I plan to introduce in the near future regarding strengthening ethical requirements for charter schools, regional charter schools, and cyber charter schools (“charter school entities”).

The legislation will improve several provisions of the Charter School Law related to making critical ethics, transparency, governance and auditing reforms, including:
  • Requirements related to advertising,
  • Imposing ethical obligations on charter school entities’ board of trustees and administrators,
  • Setting membership and quorum requirements for charter school entities’ board of trustees,
  • Requiring annual independent financial audits for charter school entities, and
  • Setting limits on charter school entities’ allowable unassigned fund balances.
The reforms embodied in my legislation is part of a legislative package of four bills critical to improving and strengthening our Charter School Law, which was groundbreaking upon its enactment in 1997 but has become outdated over time. We must make these reforms now in order to maintain charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools as a strong, quality school choice option for the Commonwealth’s children and families.



Introduced as HB355