Florida Senate - 2015 SB 692 By Senator Brandes 22-01365-15 2015692__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to charter schools; amending s. 3 1002.331, F.S.; providing an exception to the 4 prohibition on a high-performing charter school 5 establishing more than one charter school in this 6 state under specified circumstances; amending s. 7 1002.332, F.S.; authorizing certain out-of-state 8 entities to apply for designation as a high-performing 9 charter school system; requiring the State Board of 10 Education to adopt by rule eligibility criteria for 11 such designation; requiring that charter schools 12 established by such entities receive a reduction in 13 certain administrative fees; providing an effective 14 date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) and subsection 19 (5) of section 1002.331, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 20 1002.331 High-performing charter schools.— 21 (3) 22 (b) A high-performing charter school may not establish more 23 than one charter school within the state under paragraph (a) in 24 any year. A subsequent application to establish a charter school 25 under paragraph (a) may not be submitted unless each charter 26 school established in this manner achieves high-performing 27 charter school status. The limits set forth in this paragraph do 28 not apply to charter schools established by a high-performing 29 charter school in the attendance zone of a school identified as 30 in need of intervention and support pursuant to s. 1008.33(3)(b) 31 or to meet capacity needs or to meet needs for innovative choice 32 options identified by the district school board. 33 (5) The Commissioner of Education, upon request by a 34 charter school, shall verify that the charter school meets the 35 criteria in subsection (1) and provide a letter to the charter 36 school and the sponsor stating that the charter school is a 37 high-performing charter school pursuant to this section. The 38 commissioner shall annually determine whether a high-performing 39 charter school under subsection (1) continues to meet the 40 criteria in that subsection. Such high-performing charter school 41 shall maintain its high-performing status unless the 42 commissioner determines that the charter school no longer meets 43 the criteria in subsection (1), at which time the commissioner 44 shall send a letter to the charter school and its sponsor 45 providing notification that the charter school has been 46 declassified
of its declassificationas a high-performing 47 charter school. 48 Section 2. Present subsection (2) of section 1002.332, 49 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (3), and a new 50 subsection (2) is added to that section, to read: 51 1002.332 High-performing charter school system.— 52 (2) An entity that successfully operates a system of 53 charter schools outside the state may apply to the State Board 54 of Education for status as a high-performing charter school 55 system. The state board shall adopt rules prescribing a process 56 for determining whether the entity meets the requirements of 57 this subsection by reviewing student demographic and performance 58 data and fiscal accountability of all schools operated by the 59 entity. To the extent practicable, the state board shall develop 60 a rubric for the approval of such entities which aligns with the 61 priorities of the federal Charter Schools Program Grants for 62 Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools in the 63 Federal Register, Volume 76, No. 133. An entity classified as a 64 high-performing charter school system pursuant to this 65 subsection may submit an application in the same manner as 66 specified in s. 1002.331(3) to establish and operate a new 67 charter school in this state. For the first 3 school years of 68 operation, each charter school established by such an entity 69 shall receive a reduction in administrative fees as authorized 70 under s. 1002.33(20)(a)3. 71 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.