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HR 1162 - General Assembly; state-wide education policy; clarify authority - CA

Tracking Level: Hot
Sponsor: Jones,Jan 46th
Last Action: 5/3/2012 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: Ed
Senate Committee: ED&Y
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation




            This resolution calls for a Constitutional amendment to give Constitutional authority to the state to establish charter schools [“special schools’] without the approval of local boards of education. It does include “participation of local boards in establishment of such schools under such terms and conditions as it may provide.” [Does “it” refer to the General Assembly or to the local board of education?] and prohibits school taxes levied for bonded indebtedness or tax for support of such schools without a local referendum. However, another clause states that such schools would be funded “in such a manner as may be provided by law.” This implies that the enabling legislation could hold the true answer to the concern regarding use of local school systems’ funding by withholding it from state allotments.


NOTE: The ballot wording remains controversial in this amendment because it implies that local boards of education would participate in such a request by use of the wording, “upon the request of local communities.”   In fact, it could be upon the request to the state from a certain, small faction of the local community that does not reflect the consent of local school system authority. That body represents an entire county or municipality, not just a small faction. Such nuances are beyond the understanding of most voting citizens.

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