7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies funding for charter schools.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ requires a school district to allocate 25% of district per pupil revenues for each
13 student of the school district who is enrolled in a charter school regardless of the
14 charter school students' average local revenues.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 53A-1a-513, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 470
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 53A-1a-513 is amended to read:
25 53A-1a-513. Funding for charter schools.
26 (1) As used in this section:
27 (a) "Charter school students' average local revenues" means the amount determined as
29 (i) for each student enrolled in a charter school on the previous October 1, calculate the
30 district per pupil local revenues of the school district in which the student resides;
31 (ii) sum the district per pupil local revenues for each student enrolled in a charter
32 school on the previous October 1; and
33 (iii) divide the sum calculated under Subsection (1)(a)(ii) by the number of students
34 enrolled in charter schools on the previous October 1.
35 (b) "District local property tax revenues" means the sum of a school district's revenue
36 received from the following levies:
37 (i) (A) a voted levy imposed under Section 53A-17a-133;
38 (B) a board levy imposed under Section 53A-17a-134;
39 (C) a 10% of basic levy imposed under Section 53A-17a-145;
40 (D) a tort liability levy imposed under Section 63G-7-704;
41 (E) a capital outlay levy imposed under Section 53A-16-107; and
42 (F) a voted capital outlay levy imposed under Section 53A-16-110; or
43 (ii) (A) a voted local levy imposed under Section 53A-17a-133;
44 (B) a board local levy imposed under Section 53A-17a-164, excluding revenues
45 expended for:
46 (I) recreational facilities and activities authorized under Title 11, Chapter 2,
48 (II) pupil transportation, up to the amount of revenue generated by a .0003 per dollar of
49 taxable value of the school district's board local levy; and
50 (III) the K-3 Reading Improvement Program, up to the amount of revenue generated by
51 a .000121 per dollar of taxable value of the school district's board local levy; and
52 (C) a capital local levy imposed under Section 53A-16-113.
53 (c) "District per pupil local revenues" means an amount equal to the following, using
54 data from the most recently published school district annual financial reports and state
55 superintendent's annual report:
56 (i) district local property tax revenues; divided by
57 (ii) the sum of:
58 (A) a school district's average daily membership; and
59 (B) the average daily membership of a school district's resident students who attend
60 charter schools.
61 (d) "Resident student" means a student who is considered a resident of the school
62 district under Title 53A, Chapter 2, Part 2, District of Residency.
63 (e) "Statewide average debt service revenues" means the amount determined as
64 follows, using data from the most recently published state superintendent's annual report:
65 (i) sum the revenues of each school district from the debt service levy imposed under
66 Section 11-14-310; and
67 (ii) divide the sum calculated under Subsection (1)(e)(i) by statewide school district
68 average daily membership.
69 (2) (a) Charter schools shall receive funding as described in this section, except
70 Subsections (3) through (8) do not apply to charter schools described in Subsection (2)(b).
71 (b) Charter schools authorized by local school boards that are converted from district
72 schools or operate in district facilities without paying reasonable rent shall receive funding as
73 prescribed in Section 53A-1a-515.
74 (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (3)(b) and (3)(c), a charter school shall
75 receive state funds, as applicable, on the same basis as a school district receives funds.
76 (b) For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, the number of weighted pupil units
77 assigned to a charter school for the kindergarten and grades 1 through 12 programs of the Basic
78 School Program shall be:
79 (i) based on the higher of:
80 (A) October 1 enrollment in the current school year; or
81 (B) average daily membership in the prior school year plus growth as determined under
82 Section 53A-17a-106; and
83 (ii) weighted as provided in Subsection (3)(c).
84 (c) In distributing funds under Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act, to charter
85 schools, charter school pupils shall be weighted, where applicable, as follows:
86 (i) .55 for kindergarten pupils;
87 (ii) .9 for pupils in grades 1 through 6;
88 (iii) .99 for pupils in grades 7 through 8; and
89 (iv) 1.2 for pupils in grades 9 through 12.
90 (4) (a) (i) A school district shall allocate a portion of school district revenues for each
91 resident student of the school district who is enrolled in a charter school on October 1 equal to
92 25% of the [
94 (ii) Nothing in this Subsection (4)(a) affects the school bond guarantee program
95 established under Chapter 28, Utah School Bond Guaranty Act.
96 (b) The State Board of Education shall:
97 (i) deduct an amount equal to the allocation provided under Subsection (4)(a) from
98 state funds the school district is authorized to receive under Chapter 17a, Minimum School
99 Program Act; and
100 (ii) remit the money to the student's charter school.
101 (c) Notwithstanding the method used to transfer school district revenues to charter
102 schools as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a school district may deduct the allocations to charter
103 schools under this section from:
104 (i) unrestricted revenues available to the school district; or
105 (ii) the revenue sources listed in Subsection (1)(b) based on the portion of the
106 allocations to charter schools attributed to each of the revenue sources listed in Subsection
108 (d) (i) Subject to future budget constraints, the Legislature shall provide an
109 appropriation for charter schools for each student enrolled on October 1 to supplement the
110 allocation of school district revenues under Subsection (4)(a).
111 (ii) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(d)(iii), the amount of money provided by the
112 state for a charter school student shall be the sum of:
113 (A) charter school students' average local revenues minus the allocation of school
114 district revenues under Subsection (4)(a); and
115 (B) statewide average debt service revenues.
116 (iii) If the total of a school district's allocation for a charter school student under
117 Subsection (4)(a) and the amount provided by the state under Subsection (4)(d)(ii) is less than
118 $1427, the state shall provide an additional supplement so that a charter school receives at least
119 $1427 per student under this Subsection (4).
120 (iv) (A) If the appropriation provided under this Subsection (4)(d) is less than the
121 amount prescribed by Subsection (4)(d)(ii) or (4)(d)(iii), the appropriation shall be allocated
122 among charter schools in proportion to each charter school's enrollment as a percentage of the
123 total enrollment in charter schools.
124 (B) If the State Board of Education makes adjustments to Minimum School Program
125 allocations as provided under Section 53A-17a-105, the allocation provided in Subsection
126 (4)(d)(iv)(A) shall be determined after adjustments are made under Section 53A-17a-105.
127 (e) Of the money provided to a charter school under this Subsection (4), 10% shall be
128 expended for funding school facilities only.
129 (5) Charter schools are eligible to receive federal funds if they meet all applicable
130 federal requirements and comply with relevant federal regulations.
131 (6) The State Board of Education shall distribute funds for charter school students
132 directly to the charter school.
133 (7) (a) Notwithstanding Subsection (3), a charter school is not eligible to receive state
134 transportation funding.
135 (b) The board shall also adopt rules relating to the transportation of students to and
136 from charter schools, taking into account Sections 53A-2-210 and 53A-17a-127.
137 (c) The governing body of the charter school may provide transportation through an
138 agreement or contract with the local school board, a private provider, or with parents.
139 (8) (a) (i) In accordance with Section 53A-1a-513.5, the State Charter School Board
140 may allocate grants for start-up costs to charter schools from money appropriated for charter
141 school start-up costs.
142 (ii) The governing board of a charter school that receives money from a grant under
143 Section 53A-1a-513.5 shall use the grant for expenses for planning and implementation of the
144 charter school.
145 (b) The State Board of Education shall coordinate the distribution of federal money
146 appropriated to help fund costs for establishing and maintaining charter schools within the
148 (9) (a) A charter school may receive, hold, manage and use any devise, bequest, grant,
149 endowment, gift, or donation of any property made to the school for any of the purposes of this
151 (b) It is unlawful for any person affiliated with a charter school to demand or request
152 any gift, donation, or contribution from a parent, teacher, employee, or other person affiliated
153 with the charter school as a condition for employment or enrollment at the school or continued
154 attendance at the school.
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