Bill Summaries: H250 CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT & CHARTER REVISIONS (NEW).

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  • Summary date: Jul 29 2013 - More information

    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. Enacted July 26, 2013. Effective July 26, 2013, and applies beginning with the 2013-14 school year.


  • Summary date: Jul 15 2013 - More information

    The conference report makes the following changes to the 5th edition.

    Amends GS 115C-238.29F(g)(5a) to provide that a charter school may give enrollment priority to the children of initial members of the charter school's board of directors for its first year of operation. Deletes requirement that the enrollment priority is only applicable if the charter school is not a former public or private school. Also amends subdivision (5b), providing that all siblings making simultaneous application to a charter school andwhose surname is selected in a charter school lotteryare to be admitted to that charter school to theextent that space is available and enrollment does not exceed grade level capacity.

    Amends GS 115C-238.29D(f)(3) to provide that it is not a material revision of a charter application and does not require prior approval from the State Boardof Education for a charter school to expand to offer one grade higher than the charter school currently offers, providing that the charter school (1)has operated for at least three yearsand (2) has not been identified as having inadequate performance as provided in GS 115C-239.29G(a1).


  • Summary date: Jul 2 2013 - More information

    Senate amendments to the 4th edition make the following changes.

    Amendment #1 amends GS 115C-238.29D(f) to provide that it is not considered a material charter application revision, and does not require prior approval, for a charter school to expand to offer one grade higher than the charter school currently offers (was, expand to offer grades four and five if the school has previously been authorized to offer kindergarten through third grade).

    Amendment #2 amends the admission requirements in GS 115C-238.29F(g) to require the charter school, within one year after beginning operation, to make efforts for the school's population to reasonably reflect (was, within one year after the charter school begins operation, the school's population must reasonably reflect) the racial and ethnic composition of the general population residing in the local school administrative unit or that of the special population that the school seeks to serve residing within the local school administrative unit where the school is located.

    Amendment #3 amends GS 115C-238.29F(g) to create a limit of no more than 15% (was, no more than 10%) of the school's total enrollment consisting of children of the school's full time employees, and, for its first year of operation, children of the initial members of the school's board of directors so long as the school is not a former public or private school. Adds the possibility of a waiver from this requirement by the State Board of Education.


  • Summary date: Jun 26 2013 - More information

    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.

     

     


  • Summary date: Mar 26 2013 - More information

    House amendment #2 makes the following change to the 2nd edition. Amends GS 115C-29F(g) to provide that for its first three years of operation, the charter school may give enrollment priority to children of the initial members of the charter schools' board of directors, so long as those children are limited to more more than 10% of the school's total enrollment or to 20 students, whichever is greater (removes the requirement that the charter school is not a former public or private school).


  • Summary date: Mar 20 2013 - More information

    House amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Amends GS 115C-238.29F(g), providing that a charter school may give enrollment priority to siblings, defined to include, for this subdivision, half siblings, step siblings, and children residing in a family foster home (previously, didn't include foster children as siblings).

     


  • Summary date: Mar 19 2013 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Amends GS 115C-238.29F(g)to permit charter schools to extend enrollment priority to siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to the charter school in a previous school year; to children of the school's principal, teachers, and teacher assistants; or children ofall school employees. Deletes requirement thatcharter schools extend enrollment priority to siblings applying for admission to the charter school at the same time. Provides that if a lottery is needed for enrollment, the charter schoolmay(was, shall)enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the siblings applying at the sametime. Provides that the charter school may give enrollment priority to the children of the initial members of the charter school's board of directors only for its first three years (was, one year) of operation.

    Reinstates provision applying to multiple birth siblings in the event that an enrollment lottery is necessary.Requiresa charter school to enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings applying at the sametime. Provides that if that surname is selected in the lottery, then all of the multiple birth siblings are to be admitted.Identifies a study abroad program and a competitive admissionresidential program as examplesof extraordinary educational opportunities which may cause a student enrolledwithin the previous two years in a charter school toleavethat charter school but nonetheless be considered for priority enrollment when the student returns seeking re-enrollment in the charter school.


  • Summary date: Mar 6 2013 - More information

    Amends GS 115C-238.29F(g) to permit charter schools to extend enrollment priority to siblings applying for admission to the charter school at the same time and to children of the school's employees (was, school's principal, teachers, and teacher assistants). Provides that siblings includes, for purposes of this section, half-siblings and step-siblings. Provides that if a lottery is needed under subdivision (5) of this section, the charter school is to enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the siblings applying at that time (was, provision applied to multiple birth siblings only). Additionally provides that a charter school may offer enrollment priority to a student who was enrolled in the charter school within the previous two school years but left the school to participate in extraordinary educational opportunities or because of vocational opportunities available to the student's parent. Applies beginning with the 2013-14 school year.


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