Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on June 11, 2009
To authorize “neighborhood schools” run by parents and teachers under contract to a sponsor, such as a mayor, a city or the state board of education. They would have to meet certain standards, but would have more flexible rules than existing public schools (they could institure merit pay and would not be bound by strict seniority “tenure” mandates, for example). Teachers and parents at existing public schools could vote on whether to go independent, and applications to “secede” from a failing a failing school district and create a “neighborhood school” would have priority. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2009
Reported in the Senate on September 9, 2009
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on January 13, 2010