Introduced Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Various education matters. Requires the board of a charter school to consist of at least two members who reside within the geographic boundaries of the school corporation in which the charter school is located. Prohibits an authorizer from accepting a proposal to establish a charter school from an organizer that already operates a charter school in Indiana unless the organizer provides evidence of improvement and achievement of student academic performance at the charter school. Requires the department of education (department) to establish requirements or criteria to prevent charter school and organizer financial and enrollment fraud, waste, and abuse. Requires a Various education matters. Requires the board of a charter school to consist of at least two members who reside within the geographic boundaries of the school corporation in which the charter school is located. Prohibits an authorizer from accepting a proposal to establish a charter school from an organizer that already operates a charter school in Indiana unless the organizer provides evidence of improvement and achievement of student academic performance at the charter school. Requires the department of education (department) to establish requirements or criteria to prevent charter school and organizer financial and enrollment fraud, waste, and abuse. Requires a charter school and organizer to obtain annually an independent audit. Provides that, not later than July 1, 2019, and each July 1 thereafter, each charter school and organizer shall submit a report to the department. Requires the department and each charter school to post a copy of the report on their respective Internet web sites. Provides that, if the department finds that a charter school or organizer has misrepresented facts or committed fraud, waste, or abuse, the department shall issue findings and may make recommendations to the state board of education to take certain action, including withholding distributions or requiring an authorizer to revoke the charter school's charter. Requires that at least 50% of the public meetings of a charter school be held in the geographic boundaries of the school corporation in which the charter school is located. Provides that increases or increments in a local teacher salary range are not required to be equal for all teachers even if the salary increases or increments are based on the same combination of weighted factors. ... View more