Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code and the State Finance Act. Repeals provisions in the Charter Schools Law and the State Finance Act concerning the State Charter School Commission; makes related changes. Removes a provision allowing a school board to develop its own process for receiving charter school proposals. Requires the State Board of Education to compile annual evaluations of charter schools received from school boards and prepare an annual report on charter schools (instead of requiring school boards to submit to the State Board any information required by the State Board pursuant to rule). Makes changes concerning the report the State Board issues to the General Assembly and the Governor. Effective July 1, 2014.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Finance Act and the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the State Charter School Commission is abolished and the terms of all members end. Provides that all of the powers, duties, assets, liabilities, contracts, property, records, and pending business of the Commission are transferred to the State Board of Education. Makes related changes. Effective July 1, 2014.
State Mandates Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
Does not create a State mandate.
Home Rule Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
Does not pre-empt home rule authority
Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Illinois State Board of Education)
If HB 3754 transfers the appeals process for charter school denials back to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), ISBE will experience an increase in workload proportionate to the amount of work currently managed by the State Charter School Commission. The Commission is staffed by two full time employees. At present the State Board has one full time employee and one .8 FTE employee working on charter school matters; these two employees handle all of the State Board's responsibilities for charter school work, including but not limited to certification of all charter schools, technical assistance for various constituencies including members of the General Assembly, compiling and reporting through the Biennial Charter Report, applying to the U.S. Department of Education for various charter school program grants, and multiple
other discrete functions. The operations of the State Charter School Commission are currently not funded by any State General Revenue Funds. Instead the operations are covered by private donations and a fee paid by charters authorized by the Commission. In both FY 13 and FY 14 revenue generated by these two means was approximately $337,000 and $417,000 respectively. The State Board of Education would not have the authority under House Amendment 1 to HB 3754 to charge a fee to schools it had authorized or to fundraise in the same way as the Commission. Without additional appropriation from some resources to assume the duties of the Commission, existing ISBE staff will be pressed to take on additional responsibilities.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Finance Act and the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Abolishes the State Charter School Commission and transfers all of the powers, duties, assets, liabilities, contracts, property, records, and pending business of the Commission to the State Board of Education; makes related changes. Makes changes concerning the definition of "authorizer" and an authorizer's powers and duties; the virtual-schooling report; the State Charter School Commission Fund (renamed the State Board Charter Appeal and Charter Authorization Fund); decisions to renew, not renew, or revoke a charter and appeals; the creation of a Charter School Appeals Board; the issuance of a report to the General Assembly and the Governor; charter schools authorized by the State Board; and annual appropriations and fees.