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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Parental initiative for school reorganization. Requires a school corporation to sell surplus real property to another educational institution if the educational institution is the highest bidder. Requires the state board of education to create a school performance category of pending reorganization. Provides that parents of a school that is in the third or subsequent year of placement in the lowest performance category may petition to reorganize the school by: (1) closing the school and transferring the students to a higher performing school in the same school corporation; (2) reorganizing the school as a charter school; or (3) providing tuition payments for students who wish to transfer from the school to another school corporation or a nonpublic school. Requires the governing body of the school corporation to carry out the reorganization if the parents of at least 51% of the students in the school sign the petition. Requires the department of education to place such a school in the pending reorganization performance category. Provides that once a school has been reorganized, another petition for reorganization may not be submitted for at least five years after the school year in which the reorganization takes place.