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SENATE BILL NO. 1347 – Charter school, transp costs


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S1347..........................................................by EDUCATION
CHARTER SCHOOLS - Amends existing law relating to charter schools to
authorize advance payment of a portion of estimated transportation costs.
02/16    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/17    Rpt prt - to Educ
02/26    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/27    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/03    3rd rdg - PASSED - 26-9-0
      AYES -- Andreason, Bailey, Bunderson, Burkett, Burtenshaw,
      Calabretta, Compton(Duncan), Davis, Gannon, Hill, Kennedy, Lodge,
      Malepeai, Marley, McKenzie, McWilliams, Noble(Anderson), Noh, Pearce,
      Richardson, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk
      NAYS -- Brandt, Cameron, Darrington, Geddes, Goedde, Ingram, Keough,
      Little, Williams
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsor - Schroeder
    Title apvd - to House
03/04    House intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/19    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/20    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
    Rls susp - PASSED - 61-0-9
      AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Black,
      Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Collins, Crow, Cuddy,
      Deal, Denney, Douglas, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18),
      Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kulczyk,
      Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague, Meyer,
      Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Raybould,
      Ring, Ringo, Robison, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd,
      Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Wills,
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Bauer, Clark, Eberle, Harwood, Ridinger,
      Roberts, Smith(24), Trail, Mr. Speaker
    Floor Sponsor - Andersen
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/20    To enrol
03/22    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/22    Sp signed - To Governor
04/02    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 374
         Effective: 07/01/04

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-seventh Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 2004
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1347
                                   BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  4    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  5        SECTION  1.  That  Section 33-5208, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
  6    amended to read as follows:
  7        33-5208.  CHARTER SCHOOL FINANCIAL SUPPORT.  From  the  state  educational
  8    support  program  the  state  department of education shall make the following
  9    apportionment to each charter school for each fiscal year based on  attendance
 10    figures submitted in a manner and time as required by the department of educa-
 11    tion:
 12        (1)  Per  student  support.  Computation of support units for each charter
 13    school shall be calculated as if it were a separate school  according  to  the
 14    schedules  in section 33-1002 6., Idaho Code, except that charter schools with
 15    fewer than one hundred (100) secondary ADA shall use a divisor of twelve  (12)
 16    and the minimum units shall not apply. Funding from the state educational sup-
 17    port program shall be equal to the total distribution factor, plus the salary-
 18    based apportionment provided in chapter 10, title 33, Idaho Code.
 19        (2)  Special  education.  For  each student enrolled in the charter school
 20    who is entitled to special education services, the  state  and  federal  funds
 21    from  the exceptional child education program for that student that would have
 22    been apportioned for that student to the school district in which the  charter
 23    school is located.
 24        (3)  Alternative  school  support.  Charter  schools may qualify under the
 25    provisions of sections 33-1002 and 33-1002C, Idaho Code, provided the  charter
 26    school  meets  the  necessary statutory requirements, and students qualify for
 27    attendance at an alternative school as provided by rule of the state board  of
 28    education.
 29        (4)  Transportation  support.  Support shall be paid to the charter school
 30    as provided in chapter 15, title 33, Idaho Code, and  section  33-1006,  Idaho
 31    Code.  Each  charter  school  shall  furnish the department with an enrollment
 32    count as of the first Friday in November, of charter  school  students  living
 33    more  than one and one-half (1 1/2) miles from the school. For charter schools
 34    in the initial year of operation, the petition shall include  a  proposal  for
 35    transportation  services  with an estimated first year cost. The state depart-
 36    ment of education is authorized to include in the annual appropriation to  the
 37    charter  school eighty percent (80%) of the estimated transportation cost. The
 38    final appropriation payment in July shall reflect eighty-five percent (85%) of
 39    the actual cost.
 40        (5)  Payment schedule. The state department of education is authorized  to
 41    make  an  advance  payment  of twenty-five percent (25%) of a charter school's
 42    estimated annual apportionment for its first year of operation, and each  year
 43    thereafter,  provided the charter school has an increase of student population
  1    in any given year of twenty (20) students or more, to assist the  school  with
  2    initial start-up costs or payroll obligations.
  3        (a)  For a state charter school to receive the advance payment, the school
  4        shall  submit  its anticipated fall membership for each grade level to the
  5        state department of education by June 1.
  6        (b)  Using the figures provided by the school,  the  state  department  of
  7        education    shall  determine an estimated annual apportionment from which
  8        the amount of the advance payment shall  be  calculated.  Advance  payment
  9        shall be made to the school on or after July 1 but no later than July 31.
 10        (c)  All  subsequent  payments,  taking  into account the one-time advance
 11        payment made for the first year of operation, shall be made to the charter
 12        school in the same manner as other public schools in accordance  with  the
 13        provisions of section 33-1009, Idaho Code.
 14    A  charter school shall comply with all applicable fiscal requirements of law,
 15    except that the following  provisions  shall  not  be  applicable  to  charter
 16    schools: section 33-1003B, Idaho Code, relating to guaranteed minimum support;
 17    that  portion  of  section  33-1004,  Idaho Code, relating to reduction of the
 18    administrative and instructional staff allowance when there is  a  discrepancy
 19    between  the  number  allowed  and  the  number actually employed; and section
 20    33-1004E, Idaho Code, for calculation of district staff indices.
 21        (6)  Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to  prohibit  any  private
 22    person or organization from providing funding or other financial assistance to
 23    the establishment or operation of a charter school.
 24        (7)  Nothing  in this chapter shall prevent a charter school from applying
 25    for federal grant moneys.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                             RS 14065

An act relating to charter schools; Amending Section 33-5208,
Idaho code, to authorize advance payment of a portion of
estimated transportation costs.

                          FISCAL IMPACT

Name: Senator Schroeder 
Phone: 332-1324

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                      S 1347