AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL LAWS.
House amendment #2 makes the following changes to the 4th edition, as amended.
Amends GS 115C-218.35, concerning the lease of buildings or land to charter schools, by breaking the existing language into four subsections, (a) through (d).
Also establishes that, for purposes of the statute, a building or land is available if it is closed, vacant, or otherwise unused for classrooms, administrative offices, or extracurricular activities of the schools of the local board of education.
Requires the local board of education (local board) to make a decision on the charter's request to lease a building or land within 90 days of the request. Provides that, if the local board does not make a decision within 90 days of the request of the charter school, the local board of education must provide a written explanation of its reasons for not acting on the request within the 90-day time period to the North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.
Amends the proposed revision to SL 2014-101, Section 6.5, concerning the fast-track replication process, to require the State Board of Education (Board) to ensure that the rules for a fast-track replication process provide that decisions by the Board on whether to grant a charter through the replication process are completed no later than October 15 of the year immediately preceding the year of the proposed school opening (previously, completed in less than 90 days from the application submission date). Makes conforming changes.
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