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Engrossed House Bill (H)

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Charter school matters. Increases the membership of the Indiana charter school board (board) from seven to nine. Authorizes the governor to appoint four members to the board, not more than two of whom may be members of the same political party. (Under current law, the governor appoints two members who may not be members of the same political party.) Provides that the affirmative votes of a majority of the members present are required for the board to take action as opposed to the affirmative votes of a majority of the voting members appointed to the board. Adds a representative from Charter school matters. Increases the membership of the Indiana charter school board (board) from seven to nine. Authorizes the governor to appoint four members to the board, not more than two of whom may be members of the same political party. (Under current law, the governor appoints two members who may not be members of the same political party.) Provides that the affirmative votes of a majority of the members present are required for the board to take action as opposed to the affirmative votes of a majority of the voting members appointed to the board. Adds a representative from the Arc of Indiana to the list of members who must be included on the state advisory council on the education of children with disabilities. Provides that a charter for a charter school may not be more that five years. (Current law provides that a charter may not be more than seven years.) Allows a charter school to limit admissions to allow siblings of student alumni of a charter school or a charter school held by the same organizer to attend the same charter school. Provides that a student who attends a charter school co-located with the charter school may receive preference to admission to the charter school if the preference is specifically provided for in the charter school's charter and is approved by the charter school's authorizer. Provides that a school corporation must sell or lease a vacant school building to a charter school or neighboring school corporation for one dollar. (Current law requires a school corporation to sell or lease a vacant or unused school building to a charter school.) Reduces the time frame that a school corporation must make the vacant school building available to a charter school or neighboring school corporation. Provides that a charter school may establish a charter school police department. Provides that a school corporation may not enter into a lease agreement that prevents the sale of real property to another educational entity. Adds educational service centers to a provision relating to employee wage payment arrangements. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may allow, by written authorization, the use of a school bus or a special purpose bus for the transportation of adults at least 65 years of age or disabled adults. Provides that if a school corporation does not comply with the requirements to make a vacant or unused school building available to a charter school or neighboring school corporation, the school corporation must deposit the proceeds from the sale of the vacant or unused school building in the charter school and innovation program. . ... View more