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HB 0797 - State chartered special schools; revise funding

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Jones,Jan 46th
Last Action: 5/3/2012 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: Ed
Senate Committee: ED&Y

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 797, Jones – 46  OPPOSE  
Enabling legislation for HR 1162. Charter schools denied by a local board and subsequently approved by the state charter school commission as a state chartered special school shall receive the same QBE funding per pupil that a local board would receive for that student plus a grant calculated as the average of the 5 poorest local systems in wealth per pupil to supplement their appropriation. They shall also receive a portion of the transportation, nutrition, and capital outlay grants if they provide the service to their students. Charter applications are to be submitted simultaneously to the local board of education, and the state charter school commission. If the local board denies the application, the applicant can apply to the state charter school commission, an appointed body of seven. Excepting the funding formula, this is a reproduction of the former Charter School Commission which was declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court in May of 2011. There are still concerns that there is being created a second set of schools which the state promises to fund when the current schools under local boards of education have taken a $5.5 Billion hit in austerity cuts since 2003 and are being underfunded by the QBE formula by about $1.5 Billion/year. 

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