Citations Affected: IC 20-24; IC 20-52.
Synopsis: Parental initiatives for school reorganization. Establishes
the following parental initiatives for school reorganization of low
performing schools: (1) The conversion of an existing public school
into a charter school. (2) A petition to have the state board of education
consider intervention and establish a lead partner to support the
operation of the school. Repeals current provisions concerning the
conversion of existing public schools into charter schools.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 22, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
organizer must determine which of the applicants will be admitted to
the charter school or the program, class, grade level, or building by
random drawing in a public meeting.
(c) A charter school may limit new admissions to the charter school to:
(1) ensure that a student who attends the charter school during a school year may continue to attend the charter school in subsequent years; and
(2) allow the siblings of a student who attends a charter school to attend the charter school.
(d) This subsection applies to an existing school that converts to a charter school under
IC 20-24-11. IC 20-52-3. During the school year
in which the existing school converts to a charter school, the charter
school may limit admission to:
(1) those students who were enrolled in the charter school on the date of the conversion; and
(2) siblings of students described in subdivision (1).
for the school and a proposal from the organization; or
(B) may be circulated without the name of a specific proposed lead partner. If the petition is circulated without the name of a proposed lead partner, the lead partner must be selected not later than ninety (90) days after the petition is submitted to the state board for approval under section 4 of this chapter.
(4) The petition may be signed only by a parent in a household and by only one (1) parent.
(5) A parent in a household may sign the petition the number of times that equals the number of students who reside in the household and attend the designated school.
(6) Each signature must include the signer's printed name and address.
(7) A petition must include the requisite signatures acquired in the requisite time frame set forth in IC 20-52-3-2.
(8) A completed petition containing the requisite signatures acquired in the requisite time frame must be submitted to the governing body.
Sec. 2. (a) A parent may not be harassed, threatened, or otherwise intimidated when circulating a petition, signing a petition, or refusing to sign a petition.
(b) The resources of the designated school or the school corporation may not be used to support or oppose a petition.
Sec. 3. (a) After the governing body receives a completed petition containing the requisite signatures, the governing body shall deliver the petition and the roster of students who attend the designated school, including the addresses and the names of the parents of the students, to the state board. The state board shall verify:
(1) each signature as being that of a parent in a household; and
(2) that the number of times an adult member signed the petition does not exceed the number of students in the household who attend the designated school.
(b) In verifying signatures under subsection (a), the state board shall accept a signature if the intent of the parent to sign can be determined.
(c) If, after verification under subsection (a), the number of verified signatures falls below fifty-one percent (51%) of the number of students in the school, the group circulating the petition must be given an additional thirty (30) days to collect additional
signatures and return the modified petition to the state board.
Sec. 4. (a) If a petition that has been verified under section 3 of this chapter contains a number of signatures equal to at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the number of students in the designated school, the state board shall approve or deny the petition.
(b) The state board shall maintain accurate records of each petition submitted under this chapter.
(c) The state board may deny a petition if the petition has been submitted for a reason other than academic improvement or student safety.
Chapter 5. Conversion to a Charter School
Sec. 1. (a) After the state board has approved a petition to convert a designated school to a charter school under IC 20-52-4-4, the charter school operator selected by the petitioning group must obtain a sponsor that approves the charter application.
(b) If parents successfully complete a petition for a designated school that has been placed in either of the two (2) lowest categories or designations under IC 20-31-8-4 for four (4) consecutive years, the governing body may not serve as that charter school's sponsor.
Sec. 2. Unless the petition specifies otherwise or the state board specifies a different date, the conversion of a designated school to a charter school becomes effective on the first day of the school year that begins in the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the petition was approved.
Sec. 3. The school corporation in which the conversion charter school is located shall share all student records for the designated school with the charter school operator.
Sec. 4. (a) A conversion charter school shall accept all students who attended the school before its conversion and who wish to attend the conversion charter school.
(b) Students who attended the conversion charter school before the school's conversion and who do not wish to attend the conversion charter school shall be assigned to other schools operated by the school corporation.
Sec. 5. IC 20-24 applies to the operation of a conversion charter school.
Chapter 6. Operation with a Lead Partner
Sec. 1. Unless the petition specifies otherwise or the state board specifies a different date, the operation of a designated school with the support of a lead partner becomes effective on the first day of the school year that begins in the calendar year immediately
following the calendar year in which the petition was approved.
Sec. 2. The school corporation in which the designated school is located shall share all student records for the designated school with the lead partner.
Sec. 3. The lead partner shall:
(1) hold regular community meetings, of which notice must be given throughout the school corporation, to report on the school's operation; and
(2) issue at least two (2) reports of school progress each school year.
Chapter 7. Rules
Sec. 1. The state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 and may adopt emergency rules in the manner provided under IC 4-22-2-37.1 to carry out this article. Rules adopted under this section must include the following:
(1) Formats for petitions.
(2) Petition submission requirements.
(3) Petition signature verification processes and requirements.
(4) Qualifications for conversion charter school operators and lead partners.
(5) Reporting requirements to the state board and communities for conversion charter school operators and lead partners.