Taylor, Williams, Hobson, Morgan, Wilcoxson, Ford, Campbell, and Williamson
Benson, Begley, Blackburn, Boyd, Deutschendorf, Easley, McCarter, Roberts, Staggs, Stites, Wells, Sullivan (John) and Sullivan (Leonard)
An enormous education reform bill that addressed anything from the Open Transfer Act and the Charter School Act to school dress codes and curriculum standards. The Oklahoma Charter School Act was about 10 pages of the 47 page bill. Only school districts in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties are allowed to authorize schools.
The purpose of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act is to:
1. Improve studentlearning;
2. Increase learning opportunities for students;
3. Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;
4. Provide additional academic choices for parents and students;
5. Require the measurement of student learning and create different and innovative forms of measuring student learning;
6. Establish new forms of accountability for schools; and
7. Create new professional opportunities for teachers and administrators including the opportunity to be responsible for the
learning program at the school site.
Ingmire, Staggs, Miller (Ray), Askins, Benge, Turner, Wells and Steele
A repealer, clean-up bill that changed the terms "vocational-technical center" in the Charter School Act to "technology center."
Taylor, Hobson, Williams and Morgan
Benson, Askins, Beutler, Wells, Matlock, Covey, Easley, Turner and Perry
A bill that predominantly addressed how high school students earn credits and teacher certification, the charter act was amended to allow CareerTech Centers to charter schools within Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.
Increased the amount of time an authorizer must notify a charter of their renewal status from 60 days to 8 months. There were slight changes in the charters were funded in their initial year, and the Charter Incentive Fund was aligned with the recent re-authorization of ESEA (1965) known as "No Child Left Behind."
Dank, Kiesel and Roan
A bill that largely dealt with special education and other education matters, SB1493 changed the way charters were funded. They were no longer included in WADM counts with school districts and the school district's average local and county revenues were no longer calculated in the formulation of a charter school's State Aid allocation. This implied that charter schools did not have access to local and county revenues and depended almost entirely on the State Aid formula for funding.
Eason, McIntyre and Jolley
Shumate, Dank, Denney, Kern, McCarter, Terrill, Tibbs, Wesselhoft, Winchester and Pittman
This bill added universities as potential authorizers and added a cap that did not allow more than three new charters per fiscal year per county. Additionally, the bill added a requirement that potential applicants attend training provided by the State Department of Education prior to submission of an application.
Jones, Kern, Derby and Jackson
This bill allowed charters to serve pre-k students and if the charter were to change authorizers then the charter could retain any property obtained with public monies.
McDaniel (Randy) and Kern
Charter schools authorized by school districts would now be considered LEAs for the purposes of Federal funding.
Coffee, Ford and Eason McIntyre
Benge and Sullivan
This bill added Federally Recognized Indian Tribes as authorizers as long as the charter was for native language immersion and the tribe operated a high school under the Bureau of Indian Affairs prior to November 1, 2010. It removed caps and limitations on charter growth, clarified the authorizer fee language and added that students residing in the school district in which the charter school was located would have priority in enrollment.
Coffee, Eason McIntyre, Ford, Jolley, Stanislawski, Mazzei and Branan
Denney, Jones, Shumate, Kern, Sullivan, Wright (John), Tibbs, Nelson and Wesselhoft
A bill that added the State Board of Education as an authorizer when the applicant is the Office of Juvenile Affairs and allowed other authorizers to charter schools in districts "on the school improvement list as determined by the State Board of Education." The bill also removed the cap on new charters per year. Furthermore, the bill clarifies that the authorizer fee shall only apply to the State Aid allocation amount and not to any other revenues of the charter.
Charter would now be eligible to receive current government lease rates.
Hickman, Billy and Nelson
Allowed the State Board of Education to approve applications when the applicant had a contract with the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Denney and Cooksey
Students who reside in the school district where the charter school is located are not required to seek a transfer to enroll at the charter school.
This was a repealer, clean-up bill.
Quinn, Kern and Murphey
Creation of a board to oversee a statewide virtual charter school whose authorizer would be the State Board of Education.
Cleans up language in the authorizer section to align more closely with No Child Left Behind. Specifically, authorizers' ability to sponsor schools outside of Oklahoma and Tulsa counties should be limited to those school districts listed by the State Department of Education as "in need of improvement," a technical term associated with Federal education code.
Quinn and Nelson
Creates the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board as the sole authorizer of online charter schools in Oklahoma.
Every charter governing board must submit itemized statements of expenditures by September 1.
Empowering the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board to approve supplemental online courses.
Creation of a revolving fund for the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board.
Jolley, Loveless and Griffin
Denney and Jordan
The larges overhaul of the Charter School Act since 1999. Increases accountability measures on charter schools and allows any school district in the state to authorize charter schools.
Loveless and Pittman
Kirby, Denney and Billy
Allows Federally Recognized Indian Tribes to authorize charter schools on their federal trust land.
This bill corrected a scrivener's error, changing one word from "designed" to "designated."
Virgin and Denney
Clarifies and further defines "conversion schools." Allows school boards to convert traditional public schools into "conversion schools" that have charter-like status.
This was a repealer, clean-up bill.