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No significant fiscal implication to the State.
Charter operators holding multiple charters would have additional
administrative costs for duplicative reporting and oversight. These
administrative costs would be voluntary based on the charter seeking
This bill affirms the principle of limited government. SB 1897 would address an unintended consequence of SB 2 (which we supported) from the 83rd Legislative Session. That bill consolidated charters in cases where charter holders had multiple charters. The goal was to allow for more charter schools to be created under the cap.
Unfortunately, in some instances charters were consolidated but the the charters had different missions and needed to be on separate charters. This bill would fix that by allowing the grant of an additional charter if the charter is for a virtual school network or another population. It also strengthens charter holders concerning the performance ratings and financial accountability ratings. For these reasons, we support SB 1897.