HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

347

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to charter schools.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that public charter schools, as a legitimate part of the State's public educational system, should receive facilities funding that is equitable to that of department of education public schools.

The purpose of this Act is to require the board of education, in consultation with the department of education and the state public charter school commission, to develop a formula that will provide charter schools with equitable facilities funding.

SECTION 2. Chapter 302D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302D-   Facilities funding. (a) By December 31, 2013, the board, in consultation with the department and the commission, shall develop a formula to determine the amount of facilities funding for charter schools. The formula shall take into account any annual lease and rent costs incurred by charter schools. The formula shall also include a method for determining annual projected maintenance and repair costs for charter schools. In developing the formula, the board shall ensure to the best of its ability that charter schools will receive equitable funding to comparable public schools governed by chapter 302A.

(b) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, beginning with fiscal year 2014-2015, and each fiscal year thereafter, the general fund facilities funding request for charter schools shall be based on the formula developed pursuant to subsection (a).

(c) The legislature shall make an appropriation based upon the facilities funding request pursuant to subsection (b).

(d) The governor, pursuant to chapter 37, may impose restrictions or reductions on appropriations for charter school similar to those imposed on other public schools.

(e) This section shall not limit the ability of the director of finance to modify or amend any allotment pursuant to chapter 37."

SECTION 3. Section 302D-28, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) Fringe benefit costs for charter school employees, regardless of the payroll system utilized by a charter school, shall be included in the department of budget and finance's annual budget request. No fringe benefit costs shall be charged directly to or deducted from the charter school per-pupil allocations.

The legislature shall make an appropriation based upon the budget request; provided that the legislature may make additional appropriations for [facility] facilities, pursuant to section 302D-   , and any other costs.

The governor, pursuant to chapter 37, may impose restrictions or reductions on charter school appropriations similar to those imposed on other public schools."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Charter Schools; Facilities Funding

 

Description:

Requires the board of education, in consultation with the department of education and the state public charter school commission, to develop a formula to determine the amount of facilities funding for charter schools. Requires that, beginning with fiscal year 2014-2015, the general fund facilities funding request for charter schools shall be based on this formula.

 

 

 

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