Proposed Guidelines and Application for Open-Enrollment Charters
July 22, 2011
COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION
SUMMARY: This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to adopt the request for application and timeline for the seventeenth generation of open-enrollment charter schools.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §12.101 and §12.110.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: Prior to each charter school award cycle, the SBOE has adopted an open-enrollment charter guidelines and application document establishing the contents of the request for applications and the criteria by which charter schools would be awarded to eligible entities. The SBOE last adopted such a document on July 23, 2010.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The proposed request for application form and timeline for the seventeenth generation of open-enrollment charter schools is scheduled to be considered for adoption by the SBOE in July 2011.
FISCAL IMPACT: None.
PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Open-enrollment charter schools provide avenues for local restructuring, flexibility, innovation, and choice for parents and students. Significant public interest exists in the process of applying for open-enrollment charter schools as is indicated by calls and emails requesting information on the process for starting a charter school.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: The SBOE is scheduled to consider for adoption the Public College or University Charter Guidelines and Application in a separate item.
MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED:
Adopt the Seventeenth Generation Open-Enrollment Charter Guidelines and Application.
Commissioner of Education
Staff Members Responsible:
Laura Taylor, Associate Commissioner
Mary Perry, Director
Charter School Administration
Seventeenth Generation Open-Enrollment Charter Guidelines and Application
(to be distributed at the committee meeting)