HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

622

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

H.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.

 

 

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

 


PART I

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

"302D-   Federal investigations. An employee of a charter school who receives written notification from a department or agency of the United States government regarding the existence of a criminal investigation of or criminal charges against any employee of the charter school for actions taken in the course of employment at the charter school shall inform the charter school's authorizer of the criminal investigation or criminal charges within five days of the notification. A person who fails to comply with this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

302D-   Legislative appropriations; state treasury. All funds appropriated to charter schools by the legislature shall remain in the state treasury until requested for disbursement pursuant to section 302D-28(f) or, if a charter school closes, shall be expended after approval of the authorizer or order of the court."

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

"(a) An authorizer shall continually monitor the performance and legal compliance of the public charter schools it oversees, including collecting and analyzing data to support ongoing evaluation according to the charter contract. Every authorizer shall have the authority to conduct or require oversight activities that enable the authorizer to fulfill its responsibilities under this chapter, including conducting appropriate inquiries, audits, and investigations, so long as those activities are consistent with the intent of this chapter and adhere to the terms of the charter contract."

SECTION 3. Section 302D-28, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (f) to read as follows:

"(f) Each authorizer shall develop and maintain a purchase order system that its charter schools shall use to pay for expenses. A charter school shall submit a purchase order to the authorizer and the authorizer shall disburse funds to the vendor. No funds, except those collected pursuant to subsection (h), shall be disbursed except through the purchase order system. To enable charter schools to access state funding prior to the start of each school year, foster their fiscal planning, enhance their accountability, and avoid over-allocating general funds to charter schools based on self-reported enrollment projections, authorizers shall:

(1) [Provide] Make available for payment of purchase orders not more than sixty per cent of a charter school's per-pupil allocation based on the charter school's projected student enrollment no later than July 20 of each fiscal year; provided that the charter school shall have submitted to its authorizer a projected student enrollment no later than May 15 of each year;

(2) [Provide] Make available for payment of purchase orders not more than an additional thirty per cent of a charter school's per-pupil allocation no later than December 1 of each year, based on the October 15 student enrollment, as reviewed and verified by the authorizer[, only to schools]; provided that the school is in compliance with all financial reporting requirements; and

(3) [Retain no more than] Deny payment of any purchase orders if payment of those purchase orders would reduce the balance of the remaining ten per cent of a charter school's per-pupil allocation, as a contingency balance to ensure fiscal accountability and compliance[, no later than] until June 30 of each year;

provided that authorizers may make adjustments in allocations based on noncompliance with charter contracts and the board may make adjustments in allocations based on noncompliance with board policies made in the board's capacity as the state education agency, department directives made in the department's capacity as the state education agency, the board's administrative procedures, and board-approved accountability requirements."

SECTION 4. Section 302D-32, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"302D-32 Annual audit [or financial review]. Each charter school shall annually complete an independent financial audit that complies with the requirements of its authorizer and the department[; provided that the authorizer shall have the discretion to allow a financial review in lieu of an independent financial audit]. The authorizer shall be responsible for the selection of independent auditors to fulfill the requirement of this section."

PART II

SECTION 5. Section 302A-122, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]302A-122[]] Board of education; eligibility. (a) Except as otherwise provided by law, state officers shall be eligible for appointment and membership to the board.

(b) No person shall be eligible for appointment to the board:

(1) Under section 302A-121(a)(1) through (4) unless the person is a resident of the county from which the person is to be appointed; [or]

(2) Under section 302A-121(a)(5) unless the person is a resident of the State[.]; or

(3) If the person is affiliated with any public charter school. For the purposes of this paragraph, "affiliated" means attached or connected as a current or previous employee, governing board member, vendor, contractor, agent, or representative."

SECTION 6. Section 302D-8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"302D-8 Conflict of interests. (a) A member of the state public charter school commission shall not be affiliated with any public charter school.

For the purposes of this subsection, "affiliated" means attached or connected as a current or previous employee, governing board member, vendor, contractor, agent, or representative.

(b) [No] An employee, trustee, agent, or representative of an authorizer [may] shall not simultaneously serve as an employee, trustee, agent, representative, vendor, or contractor of a public charter school authorized by that authorizer. Authorizer members shall disclose to the authorizer a list of all charter schools in which the member has previously been an employee, governing board member, vendor, contractor, agent, or representative."

PART III

SECTION 7. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 8. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 9. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.



 

Report Title:

Charter Schools; Authorizers; Audit; Federal Investigation; Funding; Purchase Order System

 

Description:

Establishes new reporting requirement for charter schools. Requires establishment of a purchase order system to pay charter school expenses. Requires authorizers to select the independent auditors. Prohibits affiliations between Board of Education or Charter School Commission members and charter schools. (HB622 HD2)

 

 

 

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