Senate Bill 0468
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DIGEST OF SB468 (Updated February 7, 2000 6:44 PM - DI 84)
Charter schools. Allows a sponsor to issue a charter to an organizer to establish a charter school. Defines a "sponsor" as: (1) the governing body of a school corporation; (2) two or more school corporations acting jointly; (3) a public university that has an accredited school of education; or (4) the mayor of a consolidated city. Sets forth the organization, powers, method of establishment, charter contents, policies, oversight, and restrictions for charter schools. Provides that a decision concerning the establishment of a charter school may not be restrained by a collective bargaining agreement. Allows the employees of a charter school to organize and collectively bargain. Requires 100% of the teachers in a charter school to hold a license to teach in a public school; however, provides a transitional provision that allows 25% of the teachers in a charter school to be unlicensed until the professional standards board implements a system of alternative teacher licensing. Provides that if a school corporation eliminates a teaching position in a noncharter school because of a charter school, the legal or contractual provisions, if any, otherwise applicable to the teacher whose contract is canceled continue to apply to that teacher. Allows the conversion of an existing public school to a charter school if at least 51% of the teachers and 51% of the parents approve of the conversion. Provides that only the governing body of the school corporation in which a conversion charter school is located may act as sponsor for the school. Makes conforming amendments to related statutes.
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