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Senate Bill 0384


Senate Bill 0384

ARCHIVE (2012)

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DIGEST OF SB 384 (Updated March 1, 2012 5:45 pm - DI 84)


School accreditation. Makes various changes, beginning in 2013, to the manner in which a school may be accredited under a performance based accreditation system. Provides that a school may be accredited under a performance based accreditation system approved by the Indiana state board of education (state board) or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is approved by the state board. Provides that the state board shall establish: (1) a system for approving agencies or entities that seek to accredit schools in Indiana under this chapter; and (2) a procedure for determining whether a school is making progress toward meeting the criteria for accreditation by a national or regional accreditation agency approved by the state board. Provides that the Indiana department of education (department) shall establish a schedule for verifying compliance with legal standards and shall report noncompliance to the state board. Requires the state board to verify compliance with legal standards and to adopt rules to establish consequences of noncompliance. Requires the department to publish on its Internet web site the accreditation status and legal compliance status of each school and school corporation. Eliminates the probationary accreditation status. Provides that the department shall determine when a school or a school corporation has complied with certain legal standards. Provides that a reading deficiency remediation plan for a charter school is required to include and may only include a method for making determinant evaluations of reading skills by grade 3 and retention as a last resort for students reading below standard. Provides that the department may conduct an onsite evaluation of a school or school corporation to make a recommendation to the state board as to the legal compliance status of the school or school corporation. Sets forth provisions for the operation of a turnaround academy. Makes changes to the process in which a school corporation may modify the department of education's model staff performance evaluation plan. Provides that an organizer that operates a charter school or a successor organizer operating the charter school that is closed or not renewed by its sponsor, which then becomes sponsored by a different sponsor, may not qualify for federal or state start-up funding or loans. Provides that the organizer of the charter school or the successor organizer operating the charter school retains responsibility for paying back any loans, including start-up loans, and unused state and federal funds, secured by the organizer of a closed or nonrenewed charter school. Requires the principal of a public school to inform a student and a parent or guardian of a student transferring to a nonaccredited nonpublic school of the legal responsibilities of transferring to a nonaccredited nonpublic school. Provides that the principal shall request that the parent sign a form to acknowledge that they understand the information provided by the principal. Provides that if the parent refuses to sign the form, the student is considered a dropout and shall be reported to the bureau of motor vehicles to revoke the student's driver's license or learner's permit. Provides that a school corporation that accepts transfer students may not establish transfer acceptance policies or limit student transfers in any manner that differs from acceptance policies for students who have legal settlement in the school corporation. Provides that a school corporation that is required to provide transportation to a nonpublic school student is required to provide the transportation to or from the point on the regular route that is nearest or most easily accessible to the nonpublic school from which the student can safely walk to and from the nonpublic school. Makes conforming amendments. Makes technical corrections.
    Current Status:
     In Conference Committee
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