Bill Text: TX HB394 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to notification of an application for a charter for an open-enrollment charter school or of the establishment of an open-enrollment charter school campus and to an annual report by open-enrollment charter schools on transfer students and waiting lists for admission.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-08-14 - Filed [HB394 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB394-Introduced.html
  85S12690 KJE-D
 
  By: Hinojosa H.B. No. 394
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to notification of an application for a charter for an
  open-enrollment charter school or of the establishment of an
  open-enrollment charter school campus and to an annual report by
  open-enrollment charter schools on transfer students and waiting
  lists for admission.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 12.1101, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 12.1101.  NOTIFICATION OF CHARTER APPLICATION OR
  ESTABLISHMENT OF CAMPUS. (a) The commissioner by rule shall adopt a
  procedure for providing notice to the following persons on receipt
  by the commissioner of an application for a charter for an
  open-enrollment charter school under Section 12.110 or of notice of
  the establishment of a campus as authorized under Section
  12.101(b-4):
               (1)  the board of trustees of each school district from
  which the proposed open-enrollment charter school or campus is
  likely to draw students, as determined by the commissioner; and
               (2)  each member of the legislature that represents the
  geographic area to be served by the proposed school or campus, as
  determined by the commissioner.
         (b)  The notice provided under Subsection (a) must identify
  the public elementary school or schools in closest proximity to the
  address or intersection at which the proposed open-enrollment
  charter school or campus is likely to be located.
         (c)  Not later than the 30th day after the date on which an
  applicant or charter holder acquires property intended to serve as
  the location of a proposed open-enrollment charter school or campus
  for which notice was provided under Subsection (a), the applicant
  or charter holder shall provide notice of the address of the
  acquired property to the board of trustees of each school district
  provided notice under that subsection.
         (d)  An open-enrollment charter school or campus may not open
  unless notice has been provided for that school or campus in
  accordance with this section.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 12, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 12.1191 to read as follows:
         Sec. 12.1191.  REPORT ON TRANSFERS AND WAITING LIST. Each
  open-enrollment charter school shall annually report to the
  commissioner in accordance with commissioner rule:
               (1)  the number of students who transferred from the
  school during the year for which the report is made and the school
  to which each student transferred; and
               (2)  the school's current waiting list for admission,
  if any, with each student on the list represented by a unique
  identification number that does not reveal the student's identity.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.
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