THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

833

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Relating to Public Charter Schools.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 302D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302D- Financial insolvency. (a) In the event that any public charter school becomes financially insolvent, the school shall be deemed to have voluntarily surrendered its charter.

(b) If an authorizer determines that school closure is necessary, the authorizer shall develop a public charter school closure protocol as required under section 302D-19(a). The authorizer shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether to keep the school open to students and personnel for a set period of time for any reason, including to provide for a transition period for students or personnel."

SECTION 2. Section 302D-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:

"(e) The authorizer shall have the authority to direct the governing board and the charter school to take appropriate action to immediately address serious health and safety issues that may exist at a charter school in order to ensure the health and safety of students and employees or mitigate significant liability to the State.

The board shall have the authority to direct the authorizer to take appropriate action to immediately address serious health and safety issues that may exist at a charter school in order to ensure the health and safety of students and employees and mitigate significant liability to the State.

The authorizer shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether the health and safety issues require school closure. If an authorizer determines that school closure is necessary, the authorizer shall develop a public charter school closure protocol as required under section 302D-19(a). The authorizer shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether to keep the school open to students and personnel for a set period of time for any reason, including to provide for a transition period for students or personnel."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Public Charter Schools; Financial Insolvency; Health and Safety; Closure

 

Description:

Establishes protocol for public charter schools in the event a school becomes financially insolvent. Authorizes school closure if determined necessary by an authorizer in the event of financial insolvency or due to health and safety issues.

 

 

 

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