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Increase State Expenditures - $497,800/FY13-14 and Subsequent Years
Increase Local Expenditures* - $4,069,500/FY13-14
$11,418,200/FY17-18 and Subsequent Years
This bill expands the prospective population for public charter schools to be all students who are eligible for enrollment in the public schools of this state. Under present law, the prospective student population of a charter school includes: (1) Students who were previously enrolled in a charter school; (2) Students who are assigned to, or were previously enrolled in, a school failing to make adequate yearly progress; (3) Students who failed to test proficient in language arts and reading or mathematics in grades three through eight on the Tennessee comprehensive assessment program (TCAP) examinations; (4) Students who failed to test proficient on the gateway examinations in language arts and reading or mathematics; (5) Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and who are enrolled in LEAs that have an average daily membership (ADM) of at least 14,000 students and three or more schools that have missed the same benchmark for adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years. However, any LEA operating in this state may choose by a 2/3 majority vote of the local board of education to allow students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch to be eligible to attend charter schools; and (6) Students who are under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court and who, in the court's judgment, would benefit from a work experience and career exploration program. This bill removes these limitations on who may attend a charter school and instead provides that the prospective student population for a public charter school will be all students eligible for enrollment in the public schools of this state.
Votes for Bill SB1708 by the Senate are not available.