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Senate Bill 0165


Senate Bill 0165

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB 165 (Updated April 12, 2001 4:34 PM - DI 71)


Charter schools. Amends the law concerning Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to make the provisions concerning student standards, improvement, and accountability consistent with provisions applicable to other school corporations. Provides for collective bargaining and discussion rights for school employees, including charter school employees and employees of IPS. Defines a "sponsor" as: (1) the governing body of a school corporation; (2) the mayor of Indianapolis; or (3) state universities. Sets forth the organization, powers, method of establishment, charter contents, policies, oversight, and restrictions for charter schools. Requires teachers in a charter school to hold a license to teach in a public school or be participating in the transition to teaching program. 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 67% of the teachers and 51% of the parents approve of the conversion. Establishes the transition to teaching program to provide an alternative method through which professionals may obtain a teaching license. Appropriates $50,000 in each year of the biennium to the department of education for its responsibilities under the charter school law and to provide advisory assistance concerning charter schools. Makes conforming amendments to related statutes.
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