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CHARTER SCHOOLS - Amends existing law to revise legislative intent to
specify the purposes which warrant the establishment of a charter school.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1020
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE INTENT FOR ESTABLISHING CHARTER SCHOOLS; AMENDING SEC-
3 TION 33-5202, IDAHO CODE, TO SPECIFY THE PURPOSES THAT WARRANT THE ESTAB-
4 LISHMENT OF A CHARTER SCHOOL.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 33-5202, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 33-5202. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature to pro-
9 vide opportunities for teachers, parents , students and community members to
10 establish and maintain public charter schools which operate independently from
11 the existing traditional school district structure but within the existing
12 public school system as a method mechanism to promote comprehensive educa-
13 tional reform in order to accomplish any all of the following:
14 (1) Improve student learning;
15 (2) Increase learning opportunities for all students, with special empha-
16 sis on expanded learning experiences for students;
17 (3) Include the use of different and innovative teaching methods;
18 (4) Utilize virtual distance learning and on-line learning;
19 (5) Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the
20 opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site;
21 ( 65) Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of
22 educational opportunities that are available within the public school system;
23 ( 76) Hold the schools established under this chapter accountable for
24 meeting measurable student educational standards.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The charter school legislation passed in 2004 (S1444) changed the
intent of the charter school law. This legislation restores the
original intent of the law.
"To accomplish any of the following" is changed to "to accomplish
all of the following". The law currently allows a charter school
to select any combination of the seven stated intents or to
select only one of the seven intents. It is possible to create a
charter school that does not include the intent to improve
student learning. It is also possible to create a charter school
that is a duplication of a program currently available within the
public school system thereby not providing parents and students
with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities
that are available within the public school system.
"Method" is deleted and replaced with "mechanism to promote
comprehensive educational reform in order" to indicate the intent
of charter schools is to promote comprehensive educational
"Students" is eliminated as students are typically under the age
of eighteen and do not enter into legal contracts.
List item number four, utilize virtual distance learning and on-
line learning, is deleted as it is covered under the use of
different and innovative teaching methods and expanded choices in
the types of educational opportunities that are available within
the public school system.
No fiscal impact on the general fund
Name: Jan Sylvester
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1020