HB 1612 -- Charter Schools
This bill establishes procedures to create charter schools. A
charter school is an independent publicly supported school. In
districts with a graduation rate of less than 65%, a charter
school may be sponsored by the local school district board, a
public college or university located in the district, or the
state board of education (SBE). In St. Louis, charter schools
may be also sponsored by the mayor. In all other districts,
only the local school board may sponsor a charter school. In
St. Louis and Kansas City, each public higher education
institution may propose to sponsor at least one charter school,
for which the SBE will serve as the charter granting agency.
Sponsors cannot charge fees for consideration of a charter and
are not vicariously liable for the charter school. Charter
schools must be nonprofit corporations under Missouri law.
Applicants may present proposed charters to a sponsor, who will
approve or disapprove within 60 days. If approved, the charter
then goes before the SBE, which may disapprove it if the charter
does not meet the requirements established by this bill.
Disapproval of the charter by the SBE is judicially reviewable.
The bill establishes what information is required in the
charter, how charters may be amended, under what circumstances a
charter may be revoked by the sponsor, and the procedure for
revocation. The bill prohibits retaliatory acts by a governing
body or school against anyone who proposes the conversion of an
existing program to charter status.
The bill establishes enrollment procedures and permissible
admission preferences. Charter school students may participate
in extracurricular activities in their district of residence
when the charter school does not offer a similar program.
For purposes of calculating and distributing aid, pupils are
counted in the enrollment of their district of residence. The
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will pay the
charter school an amount equal to the product of the equalized,
adjusted operating levy times the guaranteed tax base per
eligible pupil, plus other aid attributable to the pupil. The
residence district will pay the charter school the state and
federal aid that the students generate; the resources generated
by students with disabilities or staff serving them also follow
the students. Charter schools will not receive transportation
aid, but the school district in which they are located may
provide transportation and receive state transportation aid on
the same basis as for students attending district schools.
Charter schools may contract with school districts and with any
other entities for services. Charter schools may incur debt and
may borrow to finance capital items.
At the employee's option, a district employee may be retained by
a charter school and keep permanent teacher status with the
district for a period of up to 3 years or longer, as agreed with
the district. Charter schools may employ up to 20%
noncertificated instructional staff. Charter schools must
ensure that a criminal background check and child abuse registry
check are completed on each employee before hiring. Full-time
personnel, at the charter school's option, may participate in
the retirement system of the district in which the charter
school is located.
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