SB16-188 - Access To Resources For Charter Schools

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning Increasing Charter Schools' Access To Resources.

Mill levy equalization among district public school students. Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year, the bill requires a school district to distribute revenue it receives from ongoing local property tax mill levies equally, on a per-student basis, to the school district charter schools, with exceptions for revenue that is restricted to certain uses by voters.

BEST requirements for charter schools. The bill repeals certain requirements imposed on charter schools as conditions of qualifying for capital construction funding.

Use of capital construction money. The bill allows a qualified charter school to use state education fund money received as capital construction assistance to maintain buildings.

Availability of buildings and land. If a school district has authorized one or more charter schools and has an available or underused building or land, the bill requires the school district to provide notice to the district's charter schools and on its website of the availability of the building or land. A charter school or a charter school applicant may apply to the school district to use the building or land. The local board must review each application and, in a public meeting, approve or deny each application. If the local board denies an application, it must state the reasons at the public meeting and provide a written explanation of the reasons for denial to the applicants.

Mill levy equalization - institute charter schools. The bill directs the department of education to calculate a mill levy equalization payment in the amount of the per pupil share of the mill levy overrides of the institute charter school's accounting district. The state will pay the amounts, subject to annual appropriations.

House Committees

Senate Committees

Latest update: May 10, 2016
05/10/2016 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
05/05/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
05/03/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/28/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/27/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/26/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/21/2016 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/12/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education