85(R) - 2017
Relating to the applicability of certain laws to open-enrollment
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
This bill defines members of the governing body of open-enrollment charter schools as being officials of a political subdivision and a public employee essentially treating charter schools as school districts.
Vote Recommendation Notes
In defining charter schools to be treated as school districts, the legislature will ensure that charter school employees are treated the same as school district employees with respect to collective bargaining. Treating employees of these two types of schools equally makes sense considering their positions are all publicly funded. This upholds our view of limited government because collective bargaining by public employees allows such employees to bargain against the interests of the taxpayer.