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Title Parent Authority To Require Educational Reforms
Status House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors T. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/15/2020
Description

The bill authorizes the parents of children enrolled in a
low-performing school, or the parents of children enrolled in schools that
matriculate to the low-performing school, (petitioners) to petition the
school district board of education for the low-performing school, or the
state charter school institute board if the low-performing school is an
institute charter school, (oversight board) to implement specified reforms.

A school is considered low-performing if it is required to adopt a priority
improvement or turnaround plan for 2 consecutive school years. The bill
specifies the types of reforms that petitioners may request and the
requirements for petitions. A petition must be signed by at least 50% of
the parents of students enrolled in the low-performing school or in
schools that matriculate to the low-performing school.
If an oversight board receives a valid petition, the oversight board
must hold a hearing at which the petitioners may present the requested
reforms. The oversight board may propose alternative reforms, and the
petitioners may amend the requested reforms or withdraw the petition. At
the conclusion of the meeting, if the petitioners have not withdrawn the
petition, the oversight board must vote whether to implement the reforms,
as originally presented or as amended, and adopt a plan to implement the
reforms by the following school year.
If the oversight board chooses not to approve and adopt a plan to
implement the reforms, the petitioners may submit the petition to the state
board of education (state board) and may consider recall procedures
against the oversight board if it is a school district board of education.
If the state board receives a petition, it must hold a public hearing
at which it takes testimony from the petitioners, other eligible parents, and
the oversight board concerning the requested reforms. At the conclusion
of the meeting, the state board must decide whether to require the school
district or state charter school institute, whichever is applicable, to
implement the reforms or require other specified actions. If the state
board requires the school district or the institute to take actions, the
low-performing school is subject to the same oversight and requirements
that apply to public schools that have been on priority improvement or
turnaround plans for 5 school years.

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