Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1528
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  04/11/2014           .                                

       the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (393610) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete lines 340 - 380
    5  and insert:
    6  application to provide to the charter school a model an initial
    7  proposed charter contract developed by the Department of
    8  Education, which shall consist of the approved application and
    9  any addenda and the elements specified in paragraph (7)(a) to
   10  the charter school. The applicant and the sponsor have 40 days
   11  thereafter to negotiate the remaining or additional terms and
   12  notice the charter contract for final approval by the sponsor
   13  unless both parties agree to an extension. The model charter
   14  contract shall become effective by operation of law only if the
   15  parties have not come to a final agreement after the negotiation
   16  period has expired. The proposed charter contract shall be
   17  provided to the charter school at least 7 calendar days before
   18  prior to the date of the meeting at which the charter is
   19  scheduled to be voted upon by the sponsor. A provision of a
   20  charter contract inconsistent with or prohibited by the
   21  requirements of this section is void and unenforceable. The
   22  department of Education shall provide mediation services for any
   23  dispute regarding this section subsequent to the approval of a
   24  charter application and for any dispute relating to the approved
   25  charter, except disputes regarding charter school application
   26  denials. If the Commissioner of Education determines that the
   27  dispute cannot be settled through mediation, the dispute may be
   28  appealed to an administrative law judge appointed by the
   29  Division of Administrative Hearings. The administrative law
   30  judge has final order authority to rule on issues of equitable
   31  treatment of the charter school as a public school, whether
   32  proposed provisions of the charter violate the intended
   33  flexibility granted charter schools by statute, or on any other
   34  matter regarding this section except a charter school
   35  application denial, a charter termination, or a charter
   36  nonrenewal and shall award the prevailing party reasonable
   37  attorney attorney’s fees and costs incurred to be paid by the
   38  losing party. The costs of the administrative hearing shall be
   39  paid by the party whom the administrative law judge rules
   40  against. The charter school may open and operate during the
   41  pendency of any negotiation, mediation, or administrative
   42  proceeding.
   43         (7) CHARTER.— The major issues involving the operation of a
   44  charter school shall be set forth in considered in advance and
   45  written into the charter. The governing board of the charter
   46  school and the sponsor shall use the model charter contract
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   49  And the title is amended as follows:
   50         Delete lines 1070 - 1071
   51  and insert:
   52         sponsors and applicants to use a model charter
   53         contract; specifying that the model charter