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5 AN ACT RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS; AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF UP
6 TO 16 CHARTER SCHOOLS FOR THE 2000-01 SCHOOL YEAR AND UP TO 24 FOR THE
7 2001-02 SCHOOL YEAR; MODIFYING THE FUNDING FORMULA TO PROVIDE
8 ADDITIONAL MONIES FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE
10 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
12 53A-1a-502, as enacted by Chapter 231, Laws of Utah 1998
13 53A-1a-513, as enacted by Chapter 231, Laws of Utah 1998
14 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
15 Section 1. Section 53A-1a-502 is amended to read:
16 53A-1a-502. Authorization - Creation of charter schools.
17 (1) (a) [
18 authorizes the creation of up to [
19 2000-01 school year.
20 (b) Up to 24 charter schools are authorized for the 2001-02 school year.
21 (2) Charter schools are considered to be part of the state's public education system.
22 (3) A charter school may be established by creating a new school or converting an existing
23 public school to charter status.
24 Section 2. Section 53A-1a-513 is amended to read:
25 53A-1a-513. Funding for charter schools.
26 (1) (a) A student enrolled in a charter school is considered a resident student of the school
27 district in which the school is located for purposes of state funding, including, but not limited to,
28 moneys the student would generate as a result of qualifying for such programs as special education,
29 students at risk, and gifted and talented.
30 (b) [
32 school district in which the charter school is located [
33 district's per student expenditure exceeds the value of the state funding under Subsection (1)(a),
34 taking into account state school funding laws that require certain local monies to remain with the
35 resident district; and
40 (c) If a charter school is providing eligible programs or services to eligible students funded
41 by federal moneys, any eligible student enrolled in a charter school in the school district shall
42 receive federal moneys for the same level of service provided students in the schools operated by
43 the local school board.
44 (2) (a) The board shall also adopt rules relating to the transportation of students to and
45 from charter schools, taking into account Sections 53A-2-210 and 53A-17a-127 .
46 (b) The governing body of the charter school may provide transportation through an
47 agreement or contract with the local school board, a private provider, or with parents.
48 (3) (a) (i) The state superintendent of public instruction may allocate grants for both
49 start-up and ongoing costs to eligible charter school applicants from monies appropriated for the
50 implementation of this [
52 superintendent and in conjunction with the application for a charter.
54 circumstances of the charter school.
56 expenses of the school as established in the school's charter.
57 (b) The State Board of Education shall coordinate the distribution of federal monies
58 appropriated to help fund costs for establishing and maintaining charter schools within the state.
59 (4) (a) A charter school may receive, hold, manage and use any devise, bequest, grant,
60 endowment, gift, or donation of any property made to the school for any of the purposes of this
65 (b) It is unlawful for any person affiliated with a charter school to demand or request any
66 gift, donation, or contribution from a parent, teacher, employee, or other person affiliated with the
67 charter school as a condition for employment or enrollment at the school or continued attendance
68 at the school.
69 (5) (a) The State Office of Education shall publish and make available to charter school
70 applicants a list of vacant and unused portions of buildings that are owned by the state or by school
71 districts in the state and that may be suitable for the operation of a charter school.
72 (b) The locally elected school board of the district in which a district owned building is
73 located must give its approval before the building can be placed on the list under Subsection (5)(a)
74 (c) The list shall include the address and owner of each building and a short description
75 of the building.
76 (d) Nothing in this Subsection (5) requires the owner of a building on the list to sell or
77 lease the building or a portion of the building to a charter school.
78 Section 3. Effective date.
79 This act takes effect on July 1, 2000.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-4-00 5:37 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.