Title 53A Chapter 1a Section 511

State System of Public Education
Utah Strategic Planning Act for Educational Excellence
Section 511
Waivers from state board rules -- Application of statutes and rules to charter schools.

            

53A-1a-511.   Waivers from state board rules -- Application of statutes and rules to charter schools.

            (1) A charter school shall operate in accordance with its charter and is subject to Title 53A, State System of Public Education, and other state laws applicable to public schools, except as otherwise provided in this part.

            (2) (a) A charter school or any other public school or school district may apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver of any state board rule that inhibits or hinders the school or the school district from accomplishing its mission or educational goals set out in its strategic plan or charter.

            (b) The state board may grant the waiver, unless:

            (i) the waiver would cause the school district or the school to be in violation of state or federal law; or

            (ii) the waiver would threaten the health, safety, or welfare of students in the district or at the school.

            (c) If the State Board of Education denies the waiver, the reason for the denial shall be provided in writing to the waiver applicant.

            (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), State Board of Education rules governing the following do not apply to a charter school:

            (i) school libraries;

            (ii) required school administrative and supervisory services; and

            (iii) required expenditures for instructional supplies.

            (b) A charter school shall comply with rules implementing statutes that prescribe how state appropriations may be spent.

            (4) The following provisions of Title 53A, State System of Public Education, and rules adopted under those provisions, do not apply to a charter school:

            (a) Sections 53A-1a-108 and 53A-1a-108.5, requiring the establishment of a school community council and school improvement plan;

            (b) Sections 53A-3-413 and 53A-3-414, pertaining to the use of school buildings as civic centers;

            (c) Section 53A-3-420, requiring the use of activity disclosure statements;

            (d) Section 53A-12-207, requiring notification of intent to dispose of textbooks;

            (e) Section 53A-13-107, requiring annual presentations on adoption;

            (f) Chapter 19, Part 1, Fiscal Procedures, pertaining to fiscal procedures of school districts and local school boards; and

            (g) Section 53A-14-107, requiring an independent evaluation of instructional materials.

            (5) For the purposes of Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code, a charter school shall be considered a local public procurement unit.

            (6) Each charter school shall be subject to:

            (a) Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act; and

            (b) Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.

            (7) (a) The State Charter School Board shall, in concert with the charter schools, study existing state law and administrative rules for the purpose of determining from which laws and rules charter schools should be exempt.

            (b) (i) The State Charter School Board shall present recommendations for exemption to the State Board of Education for consideration.

            (ii) The State Board of Education shall consider the recommendations of the State Charter School Board and respond within 60 days.


Amended by Chapter 347, 2012 General Session