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HB 37 (BR 76) - C. Rollins II, L. Belcher, T. Riner, R. Smart, B. Yonts

     AN ACT relating to districts of innovation.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to define "district of innovation" and related terms; authorize the Kentucky Board of Education to approve districts of innovation, not to exceed five (5) districts per year; limit initial approval and subsequent renewals to five year periods; direct the board to promulgate administrative regulations to prescribe the conditions and procedures to be used by a local board of education to be approved as a district of innovation; specify what the administrative regulations shall address; create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the requirements for a district to be an applicant as a district of innovation; prescribe the statutory requirements with which schools of innovation within districts of innovation must comply; require 70% of eligible employees in a school to vote in favor of becoming a school of innovation before the school is eligible to be a participant; describe the conditions under which a school may be exempt from KRS 160.345 or sections thereof; and identify areas in which districts may request approval of practices that are different than current statutory requirements.


     HCS - Retain the provisions of HB 37 with the following changes: remove cap on number of districts of innovation that can be approved; change percent of teachers and staff from 80 percent to 70 percent that must vote for waiver under KRS 160.345.
     SCS - Retain original provisions; create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the intent of the General Assembly and the purposes of authorizing public charter schools; define terms; establish the Public Charter School Commission and identify membership selection and responsibilities of members; outline the requirements and limitations on the establishment of charter schools including identification of charter school authorizers; describe responsibilities of authorizers; describe charter school application, renewal, and revocation process; establish the Public Charter School Commission trust fund and identify uses of the fund; require the commissioner of education to distribute charter school information to potential authorizers; create a new section of KRS Chapter 159 to identify student enrollment and withdrawal requirements to be followed by a charter school; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to identify employment conditions for charter school staff; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to require local, state, and federal funds to be distributed to charter schools using formulas and allocation processes used in non-charter schools; amend KRS 161.220 to include teachers employed by a board of directors of a public charter school as members within the teachers retirement system; amend KRS 78.510 to include noncertified employees of boards of directors of public charter schools in the county employees retirement system.
     SCA (1/Title, K. Winters) - Make title amendment.
     SFA (1, J. Higdon) - Delete all provisions and add requirement that if high school completion is a condition for employment or promotion in state service, the condition is met if the employee has been awarded a high school diploma, or its equivalent under KRS 151B.125, regardless of whether the employee attended an accredited secondary school, a nonaccredited secondary school, or a home school.
     SFA (2/Title, J. Higdon) - Make title amendment.
     SFA (3, J. Higdon) - Retain charter schools provisions; delete provisions dealing with districts of innovation; add conditions for meeting high school diploma requirement for employment or promotion in state service jobs.
     SFA (4/Title, J. Higdon) - Make title amendment.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Oct 5-To: Interim Joint Committee on Education
     Jan 3-introduced in House; to Education (H)
     Jan 12-posted in committee
     Jan 31-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 1-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 7, 2012
     Feb 7-taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 97-0 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 8-received in Senate
     Feb 10-to Education (S)
     Mar 26-taken from Education (S); 1st reading; returned to Education (S)
     Mar 27-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 29-floor amendments (1) and (2-title) filed
     Mar 30-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 30, 2012; passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day; floor amendment (3) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (4-title) filed ; 3rd reading; Committee Substitute withdrawn; committee amendment (1-title) withdrawn ; floor amendments (1) and (2-title) withdrawn ; passed 36-0; received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 11-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 40)

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