Comments: IN HB1641 | 2019 | Regular Session

Bill Title: Charter school matters. Increases the membership of the Indiana charter school board (board) from seven to nine. Authorizes the governor to appoint four members to the board, not more than two of whom may be members of the same political party. (Under current law, the governor appoints two members who may not be members of the same political party.) Provides that the affirmative votes of a majority of the members present are required for the board to take action as opposed to the affirmative votes of a majority of the voting members appointed to the board. Adds a representative from the Arc of Indiana to the list of members who must be included on the state advisory council on the education of children with disabilities. Allows a charter school to limit admissions to allow siblings of student alumni of a charter school or a charter school held by the same organizer to attend the same charter school. Provides that a student who attends a charter school co-located with the charter school may receive preference to admission to the charter school if the preference is specifically provided for in the charter school's charter and is approved by the charter school's authorizer. Adds educational service centers to a provision relating to employee wage payment arrangements. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may allow, by written authorization, the use of a school bus or a special purpose bus for the transportation of adults at least 65 years of age or disabled adults. Reduces the time frame that a school corporation must make a vacant or unused school building available to a charter school. Provides that, if a school corporation does not comply with the requirements regarding a vacant or unused school building and charter schools, the school corporation must submit any proceeds from the sale of the vacant or unused school building to the state board of education (state board) to provide grants under the charter school and innovation grant program. Requires a school corporation to sell certain vacant school buildings to an accredited nonpublic school or postsecondary educational institution for an amount not more than the minimum bid for the school building or an amount agreed to by both parties. Provides that, in determining whether to accept a proposal to purchase and redevelop a school building that has a square footage that exceeds 200,000 gross square feet and any adjacent property, the governing body must ensure that a charter school that has notified the governing body in writing of its interest in locating the charter school on the redeveloped site is provided adequate facilities on the redeveloped site. Provides that, if the state board directs a special management team to apply for charter school status for a school, the state board shall notify the charter school authorizer selected for application by the special management team of the state board's decision to direct the school to apply for charter status.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 5-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-05-05 - Public Law 270 [HB1641 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

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