LD 265 (subjects: EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS , CHARTER SCHOOLS )
Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=265&PID=1456&snum=127
Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support
- Rep. Beth O’Connor of Berwick: (R – District 5) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Michael Timmons of Cumberland: (R – District 45) — e-mail
Rep. Michael McClellan of Raymond: (R – District 66) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Rep. Nathan Wadsworth of Hiram: (R – District 70) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Joel Stetkis of Canaan: (R – District 105) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Paul Stearns of Guilford: (R – District 119) — e-mail
Rep. Joyce Maker of Calais: (R – District 140) — e-mail
Rep. Sheldon Hanington of Lincoln: (R – District 142) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Paul Davis of Piscataquis: (R – District 4) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
|2/5/2015||House||Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|2/10/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.|
|3/5/2015||Senate||Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)|
An Act To Require the State To Fund Public Charter Schools
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 2413, sub- 2, as amended by PL 2013, c. 272, 2, is further amended to read:
(1) The per-pupil allocation amount is the EPS per-pupil rate for the school administrative unit in which the student resides, as calculated pursuant to section 15676, based on the student???s grade level and adjusted as appropriate for economic disadvantage and limited English proficiency pursuant to section 15675, subsections 1 and 2. Debt service and capital outlays may not be included in the calculation of these per-pupil allocations. The department shall adopt rules governing how to calculate these per-pupil allocations, including those for targeted funds for assessment technology and kindergarten to grade 2 programs.
(2) For students attending public charter schools, the school administrative unit of residence The department shall forward the per-pupil allocations described in subparagraph (1) directly to the public charter school attended. These per-pupil allocations must be forwarded to each public charter school on a quarterly basis, as follows. For each fiscal year, allocations must be made in quarterly payments on September 1st, December 1st, March 1st and June 1st. The September and December payments must be based on the identity and number of students enrolled or anticipated to be enrolled in the public charter school at the opening of school for that school year. The number of students may not exceed the maximum enrollment approved in the charter contract for that year unless a waiver is obtained from the authorizer. The March and June payments must be based on the identity and number of students enrolled in the public charter school on February 1st.
(3) For transportation expenses, the average per-pupil expense in each school administrative unit of residence must be calculated and an amount equal to a proportion, up to but not more than 100%, of that per-pupil allocation amount must be forwarded by the department to the public charter school attended on the same basis as the per-pupil allocations for operating funds. The percentage of that per-pupil expense must be determined by the authorizer of the public charter school and must be based on the cost of transportation services provided by the public charter school to the student.
(4) The department shall pay to the public charter school any additional allocation assigned to the public charter school for gifted and talented students pursuant to section 15681-A, subsection 5 in the year in which the allocation is assigned.
A school administrative unit is not required to send any funds to a public charter school for a student enrolled in the public charter school’s preschool or , prekindergarten or kindergarten to grade 12 program if the school administrative unit of the student’s residence does not offer that program to its own residents.
(1) For each enrolled special education pupil, a public charter school must receive from the State the average additional allocation calculated by the department under section 15681-A, subsection 2 for each school administrative unit for its special education students. These allocations must be paid on the same basis as the per-pupil allocations for operating funds.
(2) The school administrative unit of residence department shall pay directly to the public charter school any federal or state aid attributable to a student with a disability attending the public charter school in proportion to the level of services for the student with a disability that the public charter school provides directly or indirectly.
(3) The department shall pay to the public charter school any additional allocation assigned to the public charter school because of a high-cost in-district placement in accordance with section 15681-A, subsection 2, paragraph B in the year in which the allocation is assigned.
(4) The school administrative unit of residence department shall pay to the public charter school any additional allocation assigned to the unit because of attributable to a high-cost out-of-district placement in accordance with section 15681-A, subsection 2, paragraph C in the year in which the allocation is assigned to the school administrative unit.
(5) If the public charter school in which the student is enrolled was authorized by a local school board or a collaborative of local school boards, the funds under this paragraph must be paid to the local school board that authorized the public charter school or to the designated school board of the collaborative, rather than directly to the public charter school. The local school board or boards that authorized the charter school are responsible for ensuring that special education services are provided to students in that school, pursuant to section 2412, subsection 2, paragraph A.
This bill requires the State to provide full funding of public charter schools.
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