PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
33-5202A. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
(1) "Authorized chartering entity" means any of the following:
(a) A local board of trustees of a school district in this state;
(b) The public charter school commission created pursuant to the provisions of this chapter;
(c) An Idaho public college, university or community college;
(d) A private, nonprofit, Idaho-based nonsectarian college or university that is accredited by the same organization that accredits Idaho public colleges and universities.
(2) "Charter" means the grant of authority approved by the authorized chartering entity to the board of directors of the public charter school.
(3) "Charter holder" means the public charter school’s board of directors to which a charter is granted pursuant to chapter 52, title 33, Idaho Code.
(4) "Educational services provider" means a nonprofit or for-profit entity that contracts with a public charter school to provide educational services and resources including administrative support and educational design, implementation or management.
(5) "Founder" means a person, including employees or staff of a public charter school, who makes a material contribution toward the establishment of a public charter school in accordance with criteria determined by the board of directors of the public charter school, and who is designated as such at the time the board of directors acknowledges and accepts such contribution. The criteria for determining when a person is a founder shall not discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by the federal or state constitution or any federal, state or local law. The designation of a person as a founder, and the admission preferences available to the children of a founder, shall not constitute pecuniary benefits.
(6) "Performance certificate" means a fixed-term, renewable certificate between a public charter school and an authorized chartering entity that outlines the roles, powers, responsibilities and performance expectations for each party to the certificate.
(7) "Petition" means the document submitted by a person or persons to the authorized chartering entity to request the creation of a public charter school.
(8) "Career technical regional public charter school" means a public charter secondary school authorized under this chapter to provide programs in career technical education that meet the standards and qualifications established by the division of career technical education. A career technical regional public charter school may be approved by an authorized chartering entity and, by the terms of its charter, shall operate in association with at least two (2) school districts. This provision does not exclude a public charter school with a statewide boundary from applying for added cost funds authorized for career technical education, irrespective of the instructional delivery method. Participating school districts need not be contiguous.
(9) "Public charter school" means a school that is authorized under this chapter to deliver public education in Idaho with equal access and authority to participate in all state and federal programs to the same extent as a traditional public school, irrespective of the instructional delivery method.
(10) "Traditional public school" means any school existing or to be built that is operated and controlled by a school district in this state.
(11) "Virtual school" means either a public charter school or a traditional public school that delivers a full-time, sequential program of synchronous and/or asynchronous instruction primarily through the use of technology via the internet in a distributed environment. Schools classified as virtual must have an online component to their school with online lessons and tools for student and data management.
[33-5202A, added 2004, ch. 371, sec. 2, p. 1100; am. 2005, ch. 376, sec. 1, p. 1201; am. 2007, ch. 246, sec. 1, p. 724; am. 2008, ch. 105, sec. 1, p. 288; am. 2012, ch. 188, sec. 11, p. 508; am. 2013, ch. 343, sec. 2, p. 910; am. 2016, ch. 25, sec. 35, p. 54; am. 2016, ch. 271, sec. 1, p. 728; am. 2017, ch. 249, sec. 6, p. 620; am. 2019, ch. 298, sec. 5, p. 884.]