A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR ENROLLMENT PRIORITY AND PROCEDURES FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS APPLYING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS AND TO MAKE CHANGES AS TO WHAT QUALIFIES AS A MATERIAL REVISION TO A CHARTER APPLICATION.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends the short and long title.
Amends GS 115C-238.29F(g), reorganizing the admission requirements for charter schools. Requires the charter school's population to reasonably reflect the local school administrative unit or the racial and ethnic composition of the special population the school seeks to serve within one year after beginning operation. Provides that limited priority can be given to children of the school's full-time employees (was, to the children of the principal, teachers, and teacher assistants as well as to the children of all school employees). Also provides that limited priority can be given to the children of the initial members of the board of directors for the first year of operation (was, first three years of operation), as long as the charter school is not a former public or private school. Also provides that priority can be given to a student that was enrolled at the charter school within the two previous school years but left to (1) participate in an academic study abroad program or a competitive admission residential program (previously, left to participate in an extraordinary educational opportunity such as a study abroad program or a competitive admission residential program) or (2) because of the vocational opportunities of the student's parents.
Provides that priority can be given to the younger siblings of charter school students if the older sibling attends the charter school for at least 4 grade levels and attends the highest grade of the school.
Amends GS 115C-238.29D, final approval of applications for charter schools, reorganizing provisions regarding the revision of charter applications. Provides that expanding to offer grades four and five if previously authorized to offer grades K through third grade; expanding to offer grades seven and eight if the charter school is authorized to offer grade six; and expanding to offer grades ten, eleven, and twelve if the charter school is authorized to offer grade nine is not considered a material revision of a charter application.
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