SEC. 37-28-7. Rules and retulations for operation of charter schools.
(1) The State Board of Education shall establish rules and regulations for the submission of petitions for charter school status and criteria and procedures for the operation of charter schools. The board shall receive and review petitions for charter school status from local public schools and may approve petitions and grant charter school status, on a pilot program basis, to up to six (6) local schools throughout the state. One (1) local public school in each congressional district, as such districts exist on the effective date of this chapter, and at least one (1) local public school situated in the Delta region of the state shall be granted charter school status by the board, unless there are no petitions submitted from a particular congressional district or the Delta region, as the case may be, which are proper under the terms of this chapter and the rules and regulations established by the board under this subsection. At least three (3) local public schools that are granted charter school status shall be in school districts having an accreditation level of three (3) or below at the time the school submits its initial petition for charter school status unless there are no petitions submitted from such schools which are proper under the terms of this chapter and the rules and regulations established by the board. In order to be approved, a petition for charter school status, in the opinion of the State Board of Education, must adequately include:
(a) A plan for improvement at the school level for improving student learning and for meeting state education goals;
(b) A set of academic or vocational, or both, performance based objectives and student achievement based objectives for the term of the charter and the means for measuring those objectives on no less than an annual basis;
(c) An agreement to provide a yearly report to parents, the community, the school board of the school district in which the charter school is located, and the State Board of Education which indicates the progress made by the charter school in the previous year in meeting the academic or vocational, or both, performance objectives; and
(d) A proposal to directly and substantially involve the parents of students enrolled in the school as well as the faculty, instructional staff and the broader community in the process of modifying the petition, if necessary for approval, and carrying out the terms of the charter.
(2) The State Board of Education may allow local schools to resubmit petitions for charter school status if the original petition, in the opinion of the board, is deficient in one or more respects. The State Department of Education may provide technical assistance to the faculty and instructional staff of local schools in the creation or modification of the petitions.
SOURCES: Laws, 1997, ch. 584, § 4, eff from and after passage (approved April 24, 1997); reenacted without change, Laws, 2001, ch. 531, § 4, SB 2749, eff from and after July 1, 2001.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2001