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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2609         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1925

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Patricia A. Haddad

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act establishing a charter school working group.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2609        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1925

By Ms. Haddad of Somerset, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1925) of Patricia A. Haddad for the establishment of a working group (including members of the General Court) to investigate and make recommendations relative to charter schools.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act establishing a charter school working group.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. There is hereby established a charter school working group to study the financing of, caps imposed upon, and innovations promoted by charter schools authorized under the provisions of chapter 71, section 89. The working group shall also study the obstacles which have limited the broader utilization of the Horace Mann model of charter schools. The working group shall report its findings and conclusions to the general court and make recommendations regarding any necessary legislative and regulatory changes which are suggested by those findings and conclusions. The first meeting of the working group shall take place within 30 days after the effective date of this act.  

              SECTION 2. The working group shall consist of 13 members: 4 members of the senate; 1 of whom shall be the president of the senate or a designee, who shall serve as co-chair of the working group; 1 of whom shall be the minority leader of the senate or a designee; 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the joint committee on education; 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the committee on ways and means; 4 members of the house of representatives; 1 of whom shall be the speaker of the house of representatives or a designee, who shall serve as co-chair of the working group; 1 of whom shall the minority leader of the house or a designee; 1 of whom shall the house chair of the joint committee on education; 1 of whom shall be the house chair of the committee on ways and means; 1 of whom shall be the secretary of administration and finance or a designee; 1 of whom shall be the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or a designee; and 3 members to be appointed by the governor, one of which shall be a superintendent of schools.

              SECTION 3. In carrying out its charge, the working group shall examine, report on, and make recommendations regarding, the following matters:

              a) the financing and reimbursement provisions of chapter 71, section 89(nn) and section 89(pp) as a mechanism for the financing of charter schools;

              b) the extent to which the reimbursement provisions of chapter 71, section 89(pp) are effective at minimizing the adverse financial impact of charter schools on sending school districts while providing sufficient resources for the successful operation of charter schools;

              c) the obstacles to broader utilization of Horace Mann charters as a vehicle to achieve the objectives articulated in section 89(d);

              d) the reasons for the transfer of students from charter schools back to local public schools, including students who are suspended or disenrolled;

              e) the percentages of students who require special education, receive free and reduced lunch and are English Language Learners;

              f) employment data such as average teacher salary and teacher and principal turnover rates

              g) infrastructure costs;

              h) comparisons of IEP profiles between charters and public districts;

              i) comparisons of non-English speaking students (LEP-1) at charters to districts;

              j) the percentage of ELL and SPED students, particularly in comparison with percentage of same students in their home communities;

              k) current population thresholds; and,

              l) the charter granting process.

              SECTION 4. The working group shall solicit advice from such persons and entities as it deems necessary, including the department of education, associations representing superintendents, other educational administrators, teachers, school business officers, municipal officials and charter schools.

              SECTION 5. The working group shall file a report containing its recommendations, including legislation and regulations necessary to carry out its recommendations, with the joint committee on education and the clerks of the house and senate not later than 6 months following the first meeting of the working group.

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