Preliminary Analysis - SB 618 through SB 624

SB 618, Pavlov – Amends the Revised School Code to expand charter schools.

  • Allows a school district to contract with another agency to outsource its teaching staff rather than employ the teachers directly.
  • Allows any two or more to enter an Inter-governmental Contract to form charter schools without limitation.
  • Removes the 150 charter school cap on university authorized charters.
  • Allows community colleges to authorize charters anywhere in the State, including Detroit Public Schools
  • Removes the requirement that employees of a school district authorized charter be covered by the local CBA.
  • Allows one charter to authorized operations in multiple sites.
  • Slightly increases the oversight duties of the authorizing body and enumerates this oversight does not remove the enforcement duties of other government agencies.
  • Expands so called “Schools of Excellence” charter schools to any school district regardless of graduation rates.
  • Some strengthening of charter school accountability standards.
  • Removes the requirement that charter school enrollment be open to all residents of the State.
  • Extensively restates the oversight duties of authorizing bodies.
  • Removes the cap of 15 on the number of “Urban” charter schools.

SB 619, Colbeck – Expands Cyber Schools

  • Removes the current limit of two cyber schools organized under the Schools of Excellence section of the charter school provisions in the school code.
  • Removes the requirement that cyber school students must have previously been enrolled in a public school in the State.
  • Removes all other limitations on cyber schools and substitutes a generic statement that the operators have experience delivering a quality educational program that improves pupil academic achievement.

SB 620, Robertson – Creates and defines “Conversion” Charter Schools

  • Extensive new language setting forth duties, obligations for conversion charter schools that run parallel to similar language for other types of charter schools.
  • Defines a conversion school as a school formerly operated by a school district that is converted to a charter school.
  • Allows 51% of parents in a school building OR 51% of teachers in a school building to petition the school board to transform the school building to a conversion charter school.
  • If the school board does not approve the petition to convert the school within 60 days, then the petitioners may go to any other authorizing body to issue the charter.
  • If the school board authorizes the conversion charter school, the employees in the building are employed by the district, but ARE NOT covered by the CBA of the district.
  • If the conversion is authorized by a body other than the local school board the employees are not employed by the district nor are they covered by the local CBA.

SB 621, Hansen – Provides state aid to public school teaching private school students (PAROCHIAID).

  • Expands the list of providers of classes to private school students and to home schooled students to include any district or charter school located in the ISD in which a private school is located or any district or charter school located in a contiguous ISD.

SB 622, Emmons – Expands Dual Enrollment provisions under the Post-Secondary Enrollment Act

  • Removes limitations on what post-secondary courses are eligible for enrollment by a student. Currently a student must have received a qualifying score on the MME or a readiness assessment to enroll in a post-secondary course.
  • Expands dual enrollment to include private school students who would receive state aid for college classes.

SB 623, Emmons – Expands Dual Enrollment provisions in the Career and Technical Act

  • Makes the same changes to the C&T act as SB 622 does to the Postsecondary Options Enrollment Act.

SB 624, Pavlov – Expands schools of choice

  • Amends the State Aid Act
  • If a district determines that it has capacity to accept non-resident school of choice applicants, it must do so.
  • In numerous places the bill removes current language that allows districts to only accept school of choice students who reside in the ISD of the district.