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S1406................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
CHARTER SCHOOLS - Amends existing law to delete a limit on the number of
charter schools; and to impose a proximity limit on the location of new
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1406
BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS; AMENDING SECTION 33-5203, IDAHO CODE, TO STRIKE A
3 LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AND TO IMPOSE A PROXIMITY LIMIT ON
4 THE LOCATION OF NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 33-5203, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 33-5203. AUTHORIZATION -- LIMITATIONS. (1) The creation of public charter
9 schools is hereby authorized. Charter schools shall be part of the state's
10 program of public education.
11 (2) It is the intent of the legislature that the number of charter
12 schools which may be approved in each of the first five (5) years after the
13 effective date of this act be limited in number and geographic distribution in
14 accordance with the following:
15 (a) Not more than sixty (60) schools may be approved in the first five
16 (5) years after the effective date of this act, and
17 (b) Not more than twelve (12) schools may be approved in any one (1)
18 year, and
19 (c) Not more than two (2) charters per year may be granted within an edu-
20 cational classification region as established by the state board of educa-
21 tion, and
22 (d) Not more than one (1) charter may be granted for any one (1) school
23 district in a year, and
24 (e) No whole school district may be converted to a charter district or
25 any configuration which includes all schools as charter schools.
26 The legislature further finds that, notwithstanding the limitations of this
27 subsection (2), if fewer than twelve (12) charters are approved by June 1 of a
28 year, the unused allotments shall be assigned to a statewide pool for use by
29 other requesting districts. Distributions from the pool shall be made by ran-
30 dom drawing.
31 (3) A charter school may be formed by creating a new school or converting
32 an existing public school to charter status. No charter shall be granted under
33 this chapter which authorizes the conversion of any private or parochial
34 school to a charter school. No new charter school shall be authorized that
35 will be located within two (2) miles of an existing charter school. No charter
36 shall be granted to or operated by a for-profit entity.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
An act relating to Charter Schools; Amending Section 33-5203,
Idaho Code, to strike a limit on the number of Charter Schools
and to impose a proximity limit on the location of new Charter
Name: Bob Henry
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1406