2009 SC Legislative Wrap-up (CHARTER SCHOOLS)

South Carolina Expectation Advisory

In December and January the Voice posted summaries of legislation introduced in the South Carolina State Legislature.

Here, seven months later, is an overview of the status of those and other bills relating to Charter School policy.

(Also look for upcoming reviews of other K-12 Education bills, Tax bills, and Budget & Spending bills):

S.679 Charter schools

This legislation provides that a charter school may transfer its sponsorship from the local school district to the SC Public Charter School District or from the SC Public Charter School District to the local school district upon a mutual written agreement among the charter school, the local school district and the SC Public Charter School District. The bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee and did not receive any further action.

S. 680 SC Charter School District Act of 2009

This legislation enacts the SC Charter School District Act of 2009. The bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee and did not receive any further action.

S. 694 Charter school applications

This Joint Resolution approves regulations for the State Board of Education relating to standards for review of Charter school applications. The bill was referred to the House Education and Public Works Committee and did not receive any further action.

S. 695 Charter schools

This legislation provides that the South Carolina Charter School District shall distribute 200% of the current year’s base student cost to Charter Schools. The bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee and did not receive any further action.

H. 3175 Charter school – sibling preference

This legislation provides that enrollment priority may be given to a sibling of a pupil already enrolled in the charter school who has attended the school for one year or more. The bill was reported favorably as amended by the Senate Education Committee and did not receive any further action.

H. 3176 Greenville County School District – charter schools

The legislation provides that the Greenville County School District may not deny a charter school, charter school teacher, or charter school student anything that is otherwise available to a public school, public school teacher, or public school student. Also, the legislation provides that a charter school in Greenville County may not be charged rent if the school was converted from an existing public school and a charter school may apply for grants. The bill was referred to the Greenville Delegation and did not receive any further action.

H. 3177 Same as H. 3176, but applies to all districts (not just Greenville)

This legislation provides that a local school district may not deny a charter school, charter school teacher, or charter school student anything that is otherwise available to a public school, public school teacher, or public school student. The bill was referred to the House Education and Public Works Committee and did not receive any further action.

H. 3191 Charter school applications

This legislation requires a local school board to publish notice of a public hearing for the approval of a proposed charter school to be held within 30 days of receipt of the application. Among other things, the bill provides that the charter school may be represented by counsel, may present evidence, and may cross examine witnesses at the hearing. The bill was referred to the House Education and Public Works Committee and did not receive any further action.

H. 3662 Charter school revision

This legislation allows for the creation of single gender charter schools. The bill was referred to the House Education and Public Works Committee and did not receive any further action.

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