Maine LD 536: An Act To Amend Provisions Regarding the Appointment of Members of the Maine Charter School Commission

LD 536 (subjects: EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS , CHARTER SCHOOLS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=536&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Matthea Daughtry of Brunswick: (D – District 49) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/26/2015 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.
2/26/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.
6/8/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 173
(Yeas 78 – Nays 65 – Absent 8 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-316) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-316).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED, in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 167 19 Yeas – 15 Nays- 0 Excused – 1 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/9/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-316).
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock The Senate Insisted TO ACCEPTANCE of the Minority Ought Not To Pass Report , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Amend Provisions Regarding the Appointment of Members of the Maine Charter School Commission

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 2405, sub- 8, A, as amended by PL 2013, c. 368, Pt. JJJJ, 2, is further amended to read:

A. The commission consists of 7 members appointed by the state board who serve for 3-year terms. The commission shall elect a chair and such other officers as may be necessary to conduct its business. Four members constitute a quorum.

(1) Three members are appointed by the state board and must be members of the state board, and those 3 members shall nominate the other 4 members who must be approved by a majority vote of the state board for appointment to the commission by the Governor. Each appointment by the Governor is subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and to confirmation by the Senate.

(2) Members appointed to the commission must have diverse professional experience in education, social services, youth training, business startup and administration, accounting and finance, strategic planning and nonprofit governance. The following provisions apply to the appointment of the 4 other members nominated and appointed by state board members pursuant to subparagraph (1): When nominating the other 4 members of the commission pursuant to subparagraph (1), the members who are appointed by the state board shall give proper consideration to candidates with experience in a noncharter public school in the State in one of the following positions: school board member, superintendent, teacher and special education director.

(a) In appointing members to the commission, the state board shall give proper consideration to candidates with experience in a noncharter public school in the State in one of the following positions: school board member, superintendent, teacher and special education director;

(b) The state board shall ensure that the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters has an opportunity to meet and interview the candidate or candidates nominated for the commission;

(c) Within 10 days of meeting with the candidate or candidates, the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters shall deliver to the state board its written appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate or candidates; and

(d) The state board shall consider the appraisal of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters prior to appointing a candidate or candidates to the commission.

(3) A commission member may not serve more than 3 consecutive terms, but may serve again after not serving on the commission for at least one term.

(4) A commission member may receive an amount equal to the legislative per diem and be reimbursed for expenses.

(5) A commission member who is a member of the state board serves on the commission only during that person’s membership on the state board. Upon expiration of that person’s state board membership, the position on the commission becomes vacant and must be filled in the manner provided for filling vacancies. The term of a member who is approved by the state board and reviewed by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters not a member of the state board ends on June 30th of the final year of the member’s term.

(6) A vacancy on the commission must be filled in the same manner as the position in which the vacancy occurs is regularly filled , including, if applicable, a review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters. A vacancy is filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. If the person serves more than 1 1/2 years of an unexpired term, that service counts as one term for purposes of the limitation set forth in subparagraph (3).

(7) A member of the commission may be removed for failure to perform the duties of office, as specified in commission rules, by a majority vote of the state board.

Sec. 2. Transition from appointment of 4 members by state board to appointment by the Governor. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 2405, subsection 8, beginning January 1, 2016, members of the Maine Charter School Commission serving on the effective date of this Act continue to serve until the completion of their terms. Their successors are appointed as provided in Title 20-A, section 2405, subsection 8, paragraph A.

summary

This bill amends the provisions that apply to the appointment of the 4 members of the Maine Charter School Commission, who are currently nominated and appointed by the 3 members of the State Board of Education subject only to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and majority vote of the state board, to provide instead for nomination by the 3 members of the state board for appointment by the Governor, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and confirmation by the Senate.

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