84(R) - 2015
Relating to empowering the parents of students to petition for the
reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure of
low-performing public school campuses.
No significant fiscal implication to the State.
Local Government Impact
Campuses could incur additional costs if required to undergo
reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure. These
costs would be anticipated to vary considerably by campus.
SB 14 would allow parents to petition for changes on an unacceptable school after two years of unacceptable ratings, in contrast to current law that requires five years of consecutive unacceptable ratings. The bill would provide that the commissioner must order a reconstitution of a campus after two years of unacceptable ratings.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill positively affirms the principle of personal responsibility, therefore we support this legislation. Since parents have limited choice over where their children attend school since it is based off geographic considerations, they should have greater control over school improvement if a school is low performing. SB 14 would help parents take greater responsibility for helping their children have a higher quality of education.