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Bill Detail: HB22-1294

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Title Special Education Services In Charter Schools
Status Signed by the Speaker of the House (05/17/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
M. Young (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/10/2022
Summary

The bill allows a district charter school or an institute charter
school, upon approval of the authorizing school district board of
education or the state charter school institute (CSI), respectively, to
develop and administer an enrollment preference plan to give enrollment
preference to children with disabilities. In exercising the enrollment

preference plan for children with disabilities, a charter school and an
institute charter school shall ensure compliance with the obligation to
provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive
environment pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act. A charter school or an institute charter school may allow
parents to voluntarily provide information regarding the existence of a
child's disability.
The bill allows the state board of education (state board) to
designate a charter school network or charter school collaborative that
meets specified criteria as an administrative unit for the purpose of
providing special education services to children with disabilities. If the
state board designates a charter school network or charter school
collaborative as an administrative unit, a charter school that is within the
charter school network or is participating in the charter school
collaborative is required to amend its charter contract to reflect that the
charter school is participating in the administrative unit of the charter
school network or charter school collaborative.
If the parents of a child with a disability remove the child in the
middle of the school year from enrollment in the alternative
administrative unit in which a district or institute charter school
participates, that alternative administrative unit continues to be deemed
the child's administrative unit of residence for the remainder of the school
year and may be required to pay the tuition charge for excess costs to the
administrative unit of attendance that enrolls the child for the remainder
of the school year. The bill further clarifies provisions concerning the
payment of tuition for excess costs when a child with a disability is
enrolled in a district or institute charter school that participates in an
alternative administrative unit that is a charter school network or charter
school collaborative.
The bill allows a district charter school or an institute charter
school, upon approval of the administrative unit of a charter school
network or charter school collaborative, to enter into an agreement to
participate in that administrative unit. The district charter school or
institute charter school is required to amend its district charter contract or
institute charter contract, respectively, to reflect that the district charter
school or institute charter school is participating in the administrative unit
of the charter school network or charter school collaborative.
The bill allows a district charter school, upon approval of the CSI,
to enter into an agreement with the CSI to participate in the CSI's
administrative unit. The district charter school is required to amend its
charter contract to reflect that it is participating in the CSI's administrative
unit.
The bill specifies that a charter school collaborative may provide
special education and related services to participating schools as
authorized by the contract creating the charter school collaborative.
Participating charter schools of the charter school collaborative shall
share costs and financial support for special education and related
services.
The bill clarifies that a charter school is not required to pay its
authorizing school district for federally required educational services that
are not available to the charter school.

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