School performance plan. If a charter school is operating under a school performance plan, the bill allows the charter school to submit a new plan every 2 years instead of annually.
Exclusive chartering authority. The bill directs the state board of education (state board) to consider applications to regain exclusive chartering authority only between November 1 and December 31 each year. The bill clarifies the grounds on which a party may challenge a school district's exclusive chartering authority. If a local board loses exclusive chartering authority, the bill specifies that the local board must apply to regain exclusive chartering authority on or before October 1. If a local board allows the state charter school institute (institute) to authorize an institute charter school within the school district, the institute continues to oversee the institute charter school, regardless of subsequent actions taken by the local board, unless the institute charter school voluntarily converts to a district charter school.
Open meetings. The bill specifies that the governing board of an institute charter school is a local public body, not a state public body, for purposes of the open meetings law.
Automatic waivers of statute and state rule. The bill prohibits the state board from automatically waiving statutory requirements for a minimum number of teacher-pupil contact hours.
Charter school network audit. The bill allows a charter school network to meet the statutory requirements for charter school financial audits by completing a single network-wide audit that includes each of the charter schools in the network.
Miscellaneous changes. The bill clarifies that:
- An education management provider does not include a charter school network;
- At a charter school's request, a school district must include in the end-of-year itemized accounting of central administrative overhead costs for a charter school a list of the personnel who provided services to the charter school, including the personnel position and services provided;
- A school district must distribute state and federal money to charter schools on a per-pupil basis if the amount the school district received was calculated on a per-pupil basis that included the students enrolled in the charter school; and
- If a district charter school converts to an institute charter school, or an institute charter school converts to a district charter school, the converted school's funding is still calculated using the formula that applied to the school before the conversion.