General Assembly: 80 (2003 Regular GA) - Chapter 79 - Public charter schools — pilot project


Published: 2003-04-28

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142LAWS OF THE EIGHTIETH G.A., 2003 SESSIONCH. 79

CH. 79CH. 79

CHAPTER 79

PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS — PILOT PROJECT

S.F. 172

AN ACT relating to the establishment of a public charter school pilot program and providing effective and applicability dates.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 256F.3, subsection 1, as enacted by 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1124, sec- tion 3, is amended to read as follows: 1. Commencing with the school year beginning July 1, 2002, the The state board of educa-

tion shall apply for a federal grant under Pub. L. No. 107-110, cited as the federal NoChild Left Behind Act of 2001 (Title V, Part B, Subpart 1), for purposes of providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools. The department shall initiate a pilot program to test the effectiveness of charter schools and shall implement the applicable provisions of this chapter.

Sec. 2. Section 256F.4, subsections 1 and 3, as enacted by 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1124, section 4, are amended to read as follows: 1. Within fifteendays after approval of a charter school application submitted inaccordance

with section 256F.3, subsection 2, a school board shall report to the department the name of the charter school applicant entry, the proposed charter school location, and its projected en- rollment. 3. A charter school shall not discriminate in its student admissions policies or practices on

the basis of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a personwith a disability. However, a charter school may limit admission to students who are within a particular range of age ages or grade level levels or on any other basis that would be legal if initiated by a school district. Enrollment priority shall be given to the siblings of stu- dents enrolled in a charter school.

Sec. 3. Section256F.11, as enactedby2002 IowaActs, chapter 1124, section11, is amended to read as follows: SEC. 11. NEW SECTION. 256F.11 FUTURE REPEAL. This chapter is repealed effective July 1, 2010 2011.

Sec. 4. 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1124, section 12, is amended by striking the section and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SEC. 12. Section 257.31, subsection 5, paragraph d, Code 2003, is amended to read as fol-

lows: d. The closing of a nonpublic school, wholly or in part, or the opening or closing of a pilot

charter school.

Sec. 5. 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1124, section 13, is amended by striking the section and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SEC. 13. Section 282.18, subsection 4, paragraph b, Code 2003, is amended to read as fol-

lows: b. For purposes of this section, “good cause” means a change in a child’s residence due to

a change in family residence, a change in the state in which the family residence is located, a change in a child’s parents’ marital status, a guardianship or custody proceeding, placement in foster care, adoption, participation in a foreign exchange program, or participation in a sub- stance abuse or mental health treatment program, a change in the status of a child’s resident district such as removal of accreditation by the state board, surrender of accreditation, or

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permanent closure of a nonpublic school, revocation of a charter school contract as provided in section 256F.8, the failure of negotiations for a whole-grade sharing, reorganization, dis- solution agreement or the rejection of a current whole-grade sharing agreement, or reorgani- zation plan. If the good cause relates to a change in status of a child’s school district of resi- dence, however, action by a parent or guardian must be taken to file the notification within forty-five days of the last board action or within thirty days of the certification of the election, whichever is applicable to the circumstances.

Sec. 6. 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1124, section 14, as amended by 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1175, section 96, is amended to read as follows: SEC. 14. EXPEDITED APPLICATION PROCEDURE. The state board of education shall

develop an expedited charter school application procedure for the fiscal year beginning not later than July 1, 2002 2004, for purposes of receiving distributing federal planning funds is- sued pursuant to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Title X, Part C, as codified in 20 U.S.C. §§ 8061-8067.

Sec. 7. 2002 Iowa Acts, chapter 1124, section 16, is amended by striking the section and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SEC. 16. APPLICABILITY DATE. This Act applies on the date by which the department

of education initiates implementation in accordancewith theprovisions of section 256F.3, sub- section 1. The department of education shall notify the Code editor upon initiating imple- mentation in accordance with this section and section 256F.3, subsection 1.

Sec. 8. EFFECTIVEDATE. This Act, being deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.

Approved April 28, 2003

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CH. 80CH. 80

CHAPTER 80

CITY COUNCILS — REDUCTIONS IN MEMBERSHIP

S.F. 230

AN ACT relating to the procedure for reducing the number of members of a city council from five to three in certain cities and providing an effective date.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 372.4, Code 2003, is amended to read as follows: 372.4 MAYOR-COUNCIL FORM. 1. A city governed by themayor-council formhas amayor and five councilmembers elected

at large, unless the council representation plan is changed pursuant to section 372.13, subsec- tion 11. The council may, by ordinance, provide for a city manager and prescribe the manag- er’s powers andduties, and as long as the council contains anoddnumberof councilmembers, may change the number of wards, abolish wards, or increase the number of council members at large without changing the form. However, a city governed, on July 1, 1975, by the mayor-council form composed of a mayor

and a council consisting of two council members elected at large, and one council member