7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions regarding the enrollment of students in charter schools.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . allows a charter school to give an enrollment preference to:
13 . a child or grandchild of an individual who actively participated in the
14 development of the charter school; or
15 . a child or grandchild of a member of the charter school governing board.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 53A-1a-506 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 278
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 53A-1a-506 is amended to read:
26 53A-1a-506. Eligible students.
27 (1) As used in this section:
28 (a) "District school" means a public school under the control of a local school board
29 elected pursuant to Title 20A, Chapter 14, Nomination and Election of State and Local School
31 (b) "Refugee" means a person who is eligible to receive benefits and services from the
32 federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
33 (2) All resident students of the state qualify for admission to a charter school, subject
34 to the limitations set forth in this section and Section 53A-1a-506.5 .
35 (3) (a) A charter school shall enroll an eligible student who submits a timely
36 application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade
37 level, or the charter school.
38 (b) If the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level,
39 or the charter school, students shall be selected on a random basis, except as provided in
40 Subsections (4) through (6).
41 (4) A charter school may give an enrollment preference to:
42 (a) a [
43 participated in the development of the charter school;
44 (b) a child or grandchild of a member of the charter school governing board;
46 (c) a sibling of a student presently enrolled in the charter school;
48 (d) a child of an employee of the charter school;
50 are governed by the same governing body;
52 articulation agreement between the charter schools that is approved by the State Charter School
53 Board; or
55 (i) the school district in which the charter school is located;
56 (ii) the municipality in which the charter school is located; or
57 (iii) a two-mile radius from the charter school.
58 (5) If a district school converts to charter status, the charter school shall give an
59 enrollment preference to students who would have otherwise attended it as a district school.
60 (6) (a) A charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for
61 refugees or children of refugee families may give an enrollment preference to refugees or
62 children of refugee families.
63 (b) A charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for English
64 language learners may give an enrollment preference to English language learners.
65 (7) A charter school may not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the
66 same basis as other public schools may not discriminate in their admission policies and
Legislative Review Note
as of 9-17-13 3:17 PM