HB2720

SUMMARY

HB2720 stipulates a board of education of a school district, board of education of a technology center school district, higher education institution, or federally-recognized Indian tribe sponsor of a charter school must notify the State Board of Education within 60 days after it accepts sponsorship of a charter school.  The bill prohibits a conversion charter school from being converted back to a traditional public school during a school term.  The proposed bill also makes clear the board of education of each school district has power over conversion charter schools. 

The bill stipulates that the governing board of a conversion charter school will not be considered an applicant or a sponsor.  Before a local school board may convert a traditional school into a charter school they must demonstrate through documentation compliance with certain charter school application requirements and these documents will be subject to the Oklahoma Open Records Act.  Votes by a local school board for the conversion of a traditional school to a charter school must be held in an open public session and the board must notify the State Board of Education of the vote to approve the conversion. 

The bill includes several exemptions for conversion charter schools, including tort liability, statement of expenditures, contracting, taxing and property disposal, contract duration, contract renewal, termination and performance requirements, student eligibility and enrollment requirements, and from certain taxing and bonding restrictions.  Under the measure, conversion charter schools will be included in procedures for identifying and closing low-performing charter schools. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the House Common Education Committee (2/2/2016); passed 13 yeas to 2 nays. Passed by the House (3/8/2016); 76 yeas to 19 nays.  Moved to the Senate (3/9/2016).  Referred to Senate Education Committee then to the Senate Appropriations Committee (3/16/2016).  Passed by the Senate (4/5/2016); 44 yeas to 0 nays. Signed by the Governor (4/11/2016).

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House: Emily Virgin
Senate: 

 

HB2947

SUMMARY

The bill amends the A-F Report Card Grading System by requiring reports to include student achievement results of private schools that directly or indirectly receive state funds allocated for the financial support of public schools. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the House Common Education Committee (2/2/2016); passed 8 yeas to 7 nays (2/22/2016).  The bill was not voted on by the House floor deadline and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House: Katie Henke

 

HB2949

SUMMARY

The bill establishes an education savings account (ESA) program for students beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.  The bill establishes eligibility for the program and requires a signed agreement by the parent(s) of a student.  The agreement includes provisions such as notifying the State Department of Education when: an eligible student withdraws from a public school to participate in the program; the student stops participating in the program; the student enrolls or reenrolls in a public school or graduates; and how funds deposited into an ESA can and cannot be spent.  An ESA of a student must be renewed annually. 

The parent of an eligible student must submit a request to participate in the ESA program by December 1 of the school year during which an account is requested.  The bill provides how the amount deposited into the ESA will be calculated and creates a new fund to cover the costs of administering ESAs.  It stipulates a private school or educational service provider that receives funds from an ESA cannot share, refund, or rebate to the parent or student any of the funds from the account.  Also, parents cannot receive or accept rebates, discounts, or payments from private schools or educational service providers using funds from an account, unless they are deposited back into the ESA. 

If an ESA is closed, any remaining funds will be returned to the State Board of Education for allocation to school districts through the state aid formula.  The Board may suspend an eligible student from the ESA program if the parent or student fails to comply with the act or did so with the intent to defraud.  Last, the Board may select an independent research organization to conduct a study of the program, and the report must be published on the State Department of Education website.

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the House Common Education Committee (2/2/2016); passed 9 yeas to 8 nays (2/15/2016). The bill was not voted on by the House floor deadline and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House: Jason Nelson
Senate:

 

HB2968

SUMMARY

Students who reside in a school district where a charter school is located shall not be required to obtain a transfer to attend a charter school in the school district of residence.  If capacity is insufficient to enroll all eligible students, the charter school shall select students through a lottery selection process.  Except for a charter school sponsored by the State Board of Education, a charter school shall give enrollment preference to eligible students who reside within the boundaries of the school district in which the charter school is located. 

A charter school created for the purpose of providing partial or full language immersion instruction may limit some or all admissions to students with a certain level of proficiency in the language used for educational instruction.  Language immersion instruction is education instruction and other activities provided at the school primarily in a language other than the English language.

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the House Rules Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House: Jason Nelson
Senate:

 

HB 3067

SUMMARY

A bill to create the Oklahoma Education Savings Account Act to provide additional educational options to parents for the education of students in this state to make educational decisions for their children. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the House Rules Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House: Tom Newell
Senate:

 

SB609

SUMMARY

SB 609 is a carry-over bill from 2015.  The bill proposes to create Oklahoma Education Empowerment Scholarships to allow parents to use a portion of state funding to educate their child in a variety of approved ways including, but not limited to, private schooling, tutoring, online instruction, or concurrent enrollment.  

STATUS UPDATE
Carryover bill (2015).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
As introduced, 7/1/2015

EMERGENCY
No

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House: Jason Nelson
Senate: Clark Jolley

 

SB1037

SUMMARY

This bill would modify the population threshold for charter school sponsorship from 500,000 to 25,000. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:
Senate: Jason Smalley

 

SB1262

SUMMARY

SB1262 would direct the State Department of Education to establish a pilot program creating the Dual-Language Immersion Pilot Program Revolving Fund to provide grants to public schools and charter schools that establish dual-language immersion programs in Chinese, Spanish, French, or any other language approved by the State Department of Education’s Board.  A public school or charter school may be eligible to receive a grant under this section if the public school or charter school uses an instructional model that provides at least 50% of its instruction in English and 50% of its instruction in a language listed. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016).  Do Pass, referred to Senate Appropriations (2/8/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:  Ann Coody
Senate:  Clark Jolley

 

SB1263

SUMMARY

This bill would direct the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Oklahoma Education Empowerment Scholarship Act to provide an education empowerment scholarship savings card for qualified expenditures to support the education of qualified Oklahoma students. 

To enroll for an education empowerment scholarship savings card, the parent or legal guardian of a qualified student must sign an agreement to do all of the following: 1. use the education empowerment scholarship savings card only for qualified expenditures that serve an educational purpose, including but not limited to education in, at a minimum, the subjects of reading, English language arts, mathematics, social studies and science; 2. not enroll the qualified student in a resident district unless the parent or legal guardian agrees to reimburse the Office of the State Treasurer for any funds expended through the education empowerment scholarship savings card; 3. not accept a scholarship from the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program created by Section 13-101.2 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes while participating in the Oklahoma Education Empowerment Scholarship Savings Program; 4. release the resident district from all obligations to educate the qualified student; and 5. not use the education empowerment scholarship savings card for computer hardware or other technological devices, transportation of the student, or consumable education supplies, including but not limited to paper, pens, or markers.

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:  Jason Nelson
Senate:  Clark Jolley

 

SB1268

SUMMARY

This legislation, relating to charter schools, would correct a scrivener's error in the Oklahoma Charter School Act. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016), Do Pass (2/8/2016).  Passed Senate floor 45 ayes to 0 nays (3/10/2016). Engrossed to the House (3/14/2016).  Passed House floor 83 ayes to 8 nays (4/4/2016).  Signed by the Governor (4/11/2016).

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:  Lee Denney
Senate:  Clark Jolley

 

SB1280

SUMMARY

This bill would create the Parental Choice Tax Credit Act allowing non-refundable credit against income tax liability for certain qualifying educational expenses.  For tax years beginning January 1, 2017, a taxpayer shall be allowed a non-refundable credit for qualifying educational expenses incurred during the tax year on behalf of each child who is eligible to be enrolled in a public school in this state and qualifies as the individual's dependent for federal tax purposes; and does not attend a public school during the semester or other school year portion for which such qualified educational expenses were incurred.

The credit shall be equal to 80% of qualifying educational expenses incurred, provided taxpayers who are members of low-income households are allowed to claim the credit for up to 100% of such expenses.

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Finance Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
1/1/2017

EMERGENCY
No

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:
Senate:  Kyle Loveless

 

SB1311

SUMMARY

An act requiring documentation to affirm a private school’s ability to provide services to students with disabilities who are participating in the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:
Senate:  John Sparks

 

SB1313

SUMMARY

An Act to create the Oklahoma Common Education Savings Account Act which directs the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the savings account for qualified expenditures to support the education of qualified students in this state.  Qualified expenses include services from a public school district, including a charter school; extracurricular activities such as athletics, drama, music, student clubs, etc; textbooks; uniforms; tutoring; technology including computers, hardware and other devices; supplies including paper and pens; college entrance exam fees; college tuition and fees for concurrent enrollment; and technology center school fees and tuition for concurrent enrollment.

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:
Senate:  John Sparks

 

SB1325

SUMMARY

SB1325 would remove language prohibiting charter schools from offering curriculum for deaf or blind students.  Further, the bill states a charter school shall comply with all federal and state laws relating to the education of children with disabilities in the same manner as a school district. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016), Do Pass (2/15/2016).  The bill does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:  Tom Newell
Senate:  Greg Treat

 

SB1401

SUMMARY

SB1401 would create the Oklahoma Education Empowerment Scholarship Act and provides definitions, enrollment terms, attendance requirements, withdrawal notices, removal from the program, qualifications, and minimum requirements for parents or legal guardians.  The bill requires the Office of the State Treasurer to provide the Department of Education with the names of students participating in the program. 

STATUS UPDATE
Referred to the Senate Education Committee (2/2/2016).  The bill was not voted on and does not advance.

EFFECTIVE DATE
7/1/2016

EMERGENCY
Yes

PRINCIPAL AUTHORS
House:  Tom Newell
Senate:  Nathan Dahm