Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Charter schools. Changes the definition of a charter school organizer. Requires each authorizer to establish a charter school Internet web page. Makes changes to the minimum standards for renewing a charter. Makes changes to the procedure for suspending an authorizer from authorizing a charter school. Provides that an authorizer is considered a state educational authority within the meaning of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Provides that a: (1) charter school or a participating innovation network charter school located in a county with a consolidated city; or (2) governing body of a school corporation with regard to transfer students; Charter schools. Changes the definition of a charter school organizer. Requires each authorizer to establish a charter school Internet web page. Makes changes to the minimum standards for renewing a charter. Makes changes to the procedure for suspending an authorizer from authorizing a charter school. Provides that an authorizer is considered a state educational authority within the meaning of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Provides that a: (1) charter school or a participating innovation network charter school located in a county with a consolidated city; or (2) governing body of a school corporation with regard to transfer students; must determine which students may attend the school by using a publicly verifiable random selection process. (Current law provides attendance must be determined by a random drawing in a public meeting.) Makes changes to information that an education service provider must provide to a charter school. Provides that an authorizer must provide notification of acceptance or rejection of a proposal to establish a charter school within 75 days unless the authorizer and organizer agree to an extension of not more than 15 days. (Current law provides that notification must be provided within 75 days.) Provides that an organizer shall immediately inform the authorizer if its tax exempt status is questioned, modified, or revoked by the Internal Revenue Service or if its nonprofit corporation status is questioned, modified, or revoked by the state. Makes changes to the information an authorizer is required to report to the department of education (department). Changes procedures relating to the renewal of a charter. Requires a charter school organizer to submit a statement of economic interest for each board member of a proposed charter school. Requires an authorizer that is a state educational institution to assign authorization responsibilities to another entity. Makes changes to a provision relating to the qualifications of charter school teachers. Makes changes to a provision relating to the distribution of state funds to a charter school that does not have its charter renewed or terminated. Makes changes to the definition of a virtual charter school. Requires a virtual charter school to adopt a student engagement policy. Makes changes to which innovation network schools can receive a grant from the innovation network school grant fund. Provides that a governing body may enter into an agreement with an organizer to reconstitute certain schools as a participating innovation network charter school or to establish a participating innovation network charter school at a location selected by the board within the boundary of the school corporation. Provides that a participating innovation network charter school may be eligible for innovation network school grant funding. Provides that a participating innovation network charter school with a curriculum that includes study in a foreign country may deny admission to a student if certain conditions apply. Provides that an authorizer of a charter school is responsible for ensuring that the charter school is in compliance with applicable legal standards. Requires an organizer of a charter school closing for any reason to ensure the transfer of all charter school records, including student records, to the department. Repeals a provision that provides that the state board of education may require an authorizer to appear at a hearing conducted by the state board if the authorizer has renewed the charter of or failed to close a charter school that does not meet the minimum standards in the charter agreement. Repeals a provision establishing the charter school review panel. ... View more