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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions regarding applying for and approving the establishment of
10 a charter school.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires the State Charter School Board to request applications to establish a:
14 . military charter school;
15 . charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for students at
16 risk of academic failure; and
17 . charter school whose focus is career and technical education;
18 . allows the State Charter School Board to request applications to establish other
19 charter schools that meet the unique learning styles and needs of students;
20 . addresses procedures for applying for and approving a charter school;
21 . modifies provisions regarding the appropriation of funds for, or authorization of, an
22 increase in enrollment capacity of charter schools by the Legislature; and
23 . makes technical amendments.
24 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
26 Other Special Clauses:
28 Utah Code Sections Affected:
30 53A-1a-502.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapters 139 and 414
32 53A-1a-501.9, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 53A-1a-501.9 is enacted to read:
36 53A-1a-501.9. State Charter School Board to request applications for certain
37 types of charter schools.
38 (1) To meet the unique learning styles and needs of students, the State Charter School
39 Board shall seek to expand the types of instructional methods and programs offered by schools,
40 as provided in this section.
41 (2) (a) The State Charter School Board shall request individuals, groups of individuals,
42 or not-for-profit legal entities to submit an application to the State Charter School Board to
44 (i) a military charter school;
45 (ii) a charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for students at
46 risk of academic failure; or
47 (iii) a charter school whose focus is career and technical education.
48 (b) In addition to a charter school identified in Subsection (2)(a), the State Charter
49 School Board may request applications for other types of charter schools that meet the unique
50 learning styles and needs of students.
51 (3) The State Charter School Board shall publicize a request for applications to
52 establish a charter school specified in Subsection (2).
53 (4) A charter school application submitted pursuant to Subsection (2) shall be subject
54 to the application and approval procedures specified in Section 53A-1a-505 .
55 (5) The State Charter School Board and the State Board of Education may approve one
56 or more applications for each charter school specified in Subsection (2), subject to the
57 Legislature appropriating funds for, or authorizing, an increase in charter school enrollment
58 capacity as provided in Section 53A-1a-502.5 .
59 (6) The State Board of Education shall submit a request to the Legislature to
60 appropriate funds for, or authorize, the enrollment of students in charter schools tentatively
61 approved under this section.
62 Section 2. Section 53A-1a-502.5 is amended to read:
63 53A-1a-502.5. Approval of increase in charter school enrollment capacity.
64 (1) For the purposes of this section, "next school year" means the school year that
65 begins on or after the July 1 immediately following the end of a general session of the
68 enrollment capacity in the 2012-13 school year or thereafter subject to the Legislature:
69 (a) appropriating funds for [
70 the next school year; or
74 (b) authorizing an increase in charter school enrollment capacity in the school year
75 immediately following the next school year.
76 (3) In appropriating funds for, or authorizing, an increase in charter school enrollment
77 capacity, the Legislature shall provide a separate appropriation or authorization of enrollment
78 capacity for a charter school proposed and approved in response to a request for applications
79 issued under Section 53A-1a-501.9 .
81 Education for an increase in enrollment capacity in the amount of .25 times the number of
82 students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in an online course in the previous school year through
83 the Statewide Online Education Program.
84 (b) A charter school shall submit a request for an increase in enrollment capacity
85 pursuant to Subsection (4)(a) on or before October 1 of the school year for which the increase
86 in enrollment capacity is requested.
88 enrollment capacity made under Subsection [
89 funds appropriated under Section 53A-1a-513 to provide the full amount of the per student
90 allocation for each charter school student in the state to supplement school district property tax
93 shall be a permanent increase in the charter school's enrollment capacity.
95 school enrollment capacity that is tentatively approved by the State Board of Education, the
96 State Board of Education shall prioritize the tentatively approved schools and expansions based
97 on approved funds.
98 (b) A charter school or expansion that is tentatively approved, but not funded, shall be
99 considered to be tentatively approved for the next application year and receive priority status
100 for available funding.
Legislative Review Note
as of 12-11-12 4:12 PM