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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions pertaining to charter schools.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . requires the State Board of Education to prioritize charter schools for funding when
13 the Legislature does not appropriate enough funds for all tentatively approved
14 charter schools; and
15 . increases the annual fee that a higher education institution may charge to provide
16 oversight of, and technical support to, a charter school established as authorized by
17 the higher education institution.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 53A-1a-502.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 162, 303, and 353
25 53A-1a-521, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 353
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 53A-1a-502.5 is amended to read:
29 53A-1a-502.5. Approval of increase in charter school enrollment capacity.
30 (1) The State Board of Education may approve an increase in charter school enrollment
31 capacity in the 2012-13 school year or thereafter subject to the Legislature appropriating funds
32 for the increase in charter school enrollment capacity.
33 (2) (a) If the Legislature does not appropriate funds for an increase in charter school
34 enrollment capacity that is tentatively approved by the State Board of Education, the State
35 Board of Education shall [
36 approved schools and expansions based on approved funds.
40 shall be considered to be tentatively approved for the next application year and receive priority
41 status for available funding.
42 Section 2. Section 53A-1a-521 is amended to read:
43 53A-1a-521. Authorization of a charter school by a board of trustees of a higher
44 education institution.
45 (1) Subject to the approval of the State Board of Education and except as provided in
46 Subsection [
47 agreement with a board of trustees of a higher education institution to establish and operate a
48 charter school.
49 (2) (a) An individual or entity identified in Section 53A-1a-504 applying for
50 authorization from a board of trustees of a higher education institution to establish and operate
51 a charter school shall provide a copy of the application to the State Charter School Board and
52 the local school board of the school district in which the proposed charter school shall be
53 located either before or at the same time it files its application with the board of trustees.
54 (b) The State Charter School Board and the local school board may review the
55 application and may offer suggestions or recommendations to the applicant or the board of
56 trustees of a higher education institution prior to its acting on the application.
57 (c) The board of trustees of a higher education institution shall give due consideration
58 to suggestions or recommendations made by the State Charter School Board or the local school
59 board under Subsection (2)(b).
60 (3) (a) If a board of trustees of a higher education institution approves an application to
61 establish and operate a charter school, the board of trustees shall submit the application to the
62 State Board of Education.
63 (b) The State Board of Education shall, by majority vote, within 60 days of receipt of
64 the application approve or deny an application approved by a board of trustees of a higher
65 education institution.
66 (c) The State Board of Education's action under Subsection (3)(b) is final action subject
67 to judicial review.
68 (4) The State Board of Education shall make a rule providing a timeline for the
69 opening of a charter school following the approval of a charter school application by a board of
70 trustees of a higher education institution.
71 (5) (a) After approval of a charter school application, the applicant and the board of
72 trustees of a higher education institution shall set forth the terms and conditions for the
73 operation of the charter school in a written contractual agreement.
74 (b) The agreement is the school's charter.
76 an annual fee for the board of trustees' costs in providing oversight of, and technical support to,
77 the charter school in accordance with Subsection [
79 described in Subsection [
82 year; and
85 (c) Beginning with the third year that a charter school is in operation, an annual fee
86 described in Subsection (6)(a) may not exceed the product of:
87 (i) 1% of the revenue a charter school receives from the state in the current fiscal year;
89 (ii) the October 1 enrollment count of the charter school for the current fiscal year.
90 (d) An annual fee described in Subsection (6)(a) shall be:
94 (a) annually review and evaluate the performance of charter schools authorized by the
95 board of trustees and hold the schools accountable for their performance;
96 (b) monitor charter schools authorized by the board of trustees for compliance with
97 federal and state laws, rules, and regulations; and
98 (c) provide technical support to charter schools authorized by the board of trustees to
99 assist them in understanding and performing their charter obligations.
101 board of directors of a college campus within the Utah College of Applied Technology shall
102 obtain the approval of the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees before
103 entering into an agreement to establish and operate a charter school.
104 (b) The Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees shall establish a policy
105 for granting approval to a campus board of directors to enter into an agreement to establish and
106 operate a charter school.
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