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2011 Senate Bill 620: Authorize “parent trigger” charter school conversion
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on September 7, 2011 To establish that if 51 percent of the parents or 51 percent of the teachers in a public school sign a petition, the school can be converted into a charter school, essentially subject to the same expanded chartering procedures and policies proposed by Senate Bill 618.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on September 7, 2011
Reported in the Senate on October 13, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 5, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 5, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on June 6, 2012 To also allow a converted school to be returned to the regular school district ("de-charterized") if 60 percent of parents or 51 percent plus 60 percent of teachers petitioned for this.
The amendment failed 17 to 20 in the Senate on June 6, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on June 6, 2012 To exclude from the bill's "parent trigger" provision a failing school in which at least 10 percent of are not fluent English speakers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 6, 2012
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 6, 2012 To require a public school that is in the lowest-achieving 5 percent of schools statewide to be essentially converted into a charter school if 60 percent of the parents sign a petition requesting this, or 51 percent of the parents plus 60 percent of the teachers. Employees in the resulting "conversion school" would not be subject to the district's union contract or included in the state-run school pension system.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 6, 2012 The vote by which the following bill was passed, reportedly due to some confusion on the first attempt (Sen. Green switched from 'no' to 'yes' and Sen. Schuitmaker from 'yes' to 'no').
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 6, 2012
Received in the Senate on June 6, 2012
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 6, 2012 To require a public school that is in the lowest-acheiving 5 percent of schools statewide to be essentially converted into a charter school if 60 percent of the parents sign a petition requesting this, or 51 percent of the parents plus 60 percent of the teachers. Employees in the resulting "conversion school" would not be subject to the district's union contract or included in the state-run school pension system.
Received in the House on June 7, 2012
Referred to the House Education Committee on June 7, 2012
Reported in the House on December 5, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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