TITLE 16
Education

CHAPTER 16-77.2
District Charter School [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

SECTION 16-77.2-3


§ 16-77.2-3 Process for consideration of proposed charter.

(a) If the commissioner or the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located finds the proposed charter to be incomplete, further information may be requested and required. The commissioner shall develop regulations for amending an approved charter, consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

(b) After having received a satisfactory proposed charter, the commissioner will provide for a public comment period of not less than sixty (60) days, during which they will hold at least two (2) public hearings on the proposed charter. These hearings will be held in the district where the proposed district charter school is to be located. Any person may file with the committee and/or the commissioner comments, recommendations, and/or objections relevant to the granting of a charter.

(c) A copy of the proposed charter for a district charter school at an existing public school shall be provided to the collective bargaining agent for the teachers in the school district where the district charter school is to be located at the time that it is filed with the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located and the commissioner. The teachers through their collective bargaining agent shall be afforded the opportunity to present their analysis of and recommendations regarding the proposed charter to the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located and the board of regents prior to any determination by those entities. If the teachers' union objects to the proposed charter or to any provision of it, it shall set forth the reasons for those objections in detail. These objections and recommendations shall be considered and responded to by the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located and the commissioner before making any recommendation to the board of regents, and by the board of regents prior to its determination.

(d) The commissioner or the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located will each decide on whether or not to recommend the granting of the charter to the board of regents within ninety (90) days after the conclusion of the public comment period.

(e) The commissioner or the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located may recommend to the board of regents granting of a revocable charter for a district charter school upon receiving a proposed charter.

(f) If the commissioner or the school committee of the district where the district charter school is to be located recommends the granting of the proposed charter, the matter shall be referred to the board of regents for a decision on whether to grant a charter. The board of regents may grant a charter for a period of up to five (5) years. The decision of the board of regents, complete with reasons and conditions, shall be made available to the public and to the applicant. Charter public school approval for establishment or continuation shall be for up to a five (5) year period. At the conclusion of each five (5) year period, the board of regents may conduct a subsequent review of the district charter school's charter. If the board of regents does not conduct such a review, the charter shall renew for another five (5) year period. The commissioner, with approval of the board of regents, shall promulgate rules and regulations for these five (5) year reviews.

(g) The commissioner, with the approval of the board of regents, may grant a variance to any provision of title 16 other than those enumerated in section 16-77.1, and to any department of education regulation and to any school district regulation which does not affect the health and safety or civil rights of pupils in district charter schools.

(h) All proposed charters shall be matters of public record and will be provided to members of the public upon request.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2010, ch. 84, § 4; P.L. 2010, ch. 107, § 4.)