Bill Text: AZ HB2494 | 2013 | Fifty-first Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced

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Bill Title: Charter schools; enrollment preference

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-04-29 - Governor Signed [HB2494 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2013-HB2494-Introduced.html




REFERENCE TITLE: charter schools; enrollment preference




State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-first Legislature

First Regular Session




HB 2494


Introduced by

Representatives Boyer, Coleman: Goodale, Lesko, Thorpe, Townsend





amending section 15‑184, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to charter schools.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 15-184, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-184.  Charter schools; admissions requirements

A.  A charter school shall enroll all eligible pupils who submit a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building.  

B.  A charter school shall give enrollment preference to pupils returning to the charter school in the second or any subsequent year of its operation and to siblings of pupils already enrolled in the charter school.  

C.  A charter school that is sponsored by a school district governing board shall give enrollment preference to eligible pupils who reside within the boundaries of the school district where the charter school is physically located.  

D.  A charter school may give enrollment preference to and reserve capacity for pupils who either:

1.  Are children, grandchildren or legal wards of any of the following:

(a)  Employees of the school.

(b)  Employees of the charter holder.

(c)  Members of the governing body of the school. or

(d)  Directors, officers, partners or board members of the charter holder. or

2.   a pupil who Attended another charter school or are the siblings of that pupil if the charter school previously attended by the pupil has the identical charter holder, board and governing board membership as the enrolling charter school, provided that any school that elects to give such enrollment preferences shall be treated as a single charter school for the purpose of establishing support level weights for purposes of section 15-943 or is managed by the same educational management organization, charter management organization or educational service provider as determined by the charter authorizer.  

E.  If remaining capacity is insufficient to enroll all pupils who submit a timely application, the charter school shall select pupils through an equitable selection process such as a lottery except that preference shall be given to siblings of a pupil selected through an equitable selection process such as a lottery.

B.  F.  Except as provided in subsection C or subsections A through D of this section, a charter school shall not limit admission based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, proficiency in the English language or athletic ability.

C.  G.  A charter school may limit admission to pupils within a given age group or grade level.

D.  H.  A charter school may provide instruction to pupils of a single gender with the approval of the sponsor of the charter school.  An existing charter school may amend its charter to provide instruction to pupils of a single gender, and if approved by the sponsor of the charter school, may provide instruction to pupils of a single gender at the beginning of the next school year.

E.  I.  A charter school shall admit pupils who reside in the attendance area of a school or who reside in a school district that is under a court order of desegregation or that is a party to an agreement with the United States department of education office for civil rights directed toward remediating alleged or proven racial discrimination unless notice is received from the resident school that the admission would violate the court order or agreement.  If a charter school admits a pupil after notice is received that the admission would constitute such a violation, the charter school is not allowed to include in its student count the pupils wrongfully admitted.

F.  J.  A charter school may refuse to admit any pupil who has been expelled from another educational institution or who is in the process of being expelled from another educational institution. END_STATUTE