Charter Legislation

HB1759

Year:
1999

Senate Author(s)

Taylor, Williams, Hobson, Morgan, Wilcoxson, Ford, Campbell, and Williamson

House Author(s)

Benson, Begley, Blackburn, Boyd, Deutschendorf, Easley, McCarter, Roberts, Staggs, Stites, Wells, Sullivan (John) and Sullivan (Leonard)

Bill Description

An enormous education reform bill that addressed anything from the Open Transfer Act and the Charter School Act to school dress codes and curriculum standards. The Oklahoma Charter School Act was about 10 pages of the 47 page bill. Only school districts in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties are allowed to authorize schools.

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Oklahoma Charter School Statute References

Year:
1999

Senate Author(s)

N/A

House Author(s)

N/A

Bill Description

The purpose of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act is to:

1. Improve studentlearning;

2. Increase learning opportunities for students;

3. Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;

4. Provide additional academic choices for parents and students;

5. Require the measurement of student learning and create different and innovative forms of measuring student learning;

6. Establish new forms of accountability for schools; and

7. Create new professional opportunities for teachers and administrators including the opportunity to be responsible for the

learning program at the school site.

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HB2728

Year:
2000

Senate Author(s)

Taylor, Hobson, Williams and Morgan

House Author(s)

Benson, Askins, Beutler, Wells, Matlock, Covey, Easley, Turner and Perry

Bill Description

A bill that predominantly addressed how high school students earn credits and teacher certification, the charter act was amended to allow CareerTech Centers to charter schools within Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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HB1214

Year:
2000

Senate Author(s)

Fisher

House Author(s)

Ingmire, Staggs, Miller (Ray), Askins, Benge, Turner, Wells and Steele

Bill Description

A repealer, clean-up bill that changed the terms "vocational-technical center" in the Charter School Act to "technology center."

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SB713

Year:
2004

Senate Author(s)

Williams

House Author(s)

Roberts

Bill Description

Increased the amount of time an authorizer must notify a charter of their renewal status from 60 days to 8 months. There were slight changes in the charters were funded in their initial year, and the Charter Incentive Fund was aligned with the recent re-authorization of ESEA (1965) known as "No Child Left Behind."

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SB1493

Year:
2006

Senate Author(s)

Paddack

House Author(s)

Dank, Kiesel and Roan

Bill Description

A bill that largely dealt with special education and other education matters, SB1493 changed the way charters were funded. They were no longer included in WADM counts with school districts and the school district's average local and county revenues were no longer calculated in the formulation of a charter school's State Aid allocation. This implied that charter schools did not have access to local and county revenues and depended almost entirely on the State Aid formula for funding.

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HB1589

Year:
2007

Senate Author(s)

Eason, McIntyre and Jolley

House Author(s)

Shumate, Dank, Denney, Kern, McCarter, Terrill, Tibbs, Wesselhoft, Winchester and Pittman

Bill Description

This bill added universities as potential authorizers and added a cap that did not allow more than three new charters per fiscal year per county. Additionally, the bill added a requirement that potential applicants attend training provided by the State Department of Education prior to submission of an application.

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SB2100

Year:
2008

Senate Author(s)

Ford, Jolley

House Author(s)

Jones, Kern, Derby and Jackson

Bill Description

This bill allowed charters to serve pre-k students and if the charter were to change authorizers then the charter could retain any property obtained with public monies.

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SB2212

Year:
2010

Senate Author(s)

Ford

House Author(s)

McDaniel (Randy) and Kern

Bill Description

Charter schools authorized by school districts would now be considered LEAs for the purposes of Federal funding.

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HB2753

Year:
2010

Senate Author(s)

Coffee, Eason McIntyre, Ford, Jolley, Stanislawski, Mazzei and Branan

House Author(s)

Denney, Jones, Shumate, Kern, Sullivan, Wright (John), Tibbs, Nelson and Wesselhoft

Bill Description

A bill that added the State Board of Education as an authorizer when the applicant is the Office of Juvenile Affairs and allowed other authorizers to charter schools in districts "on the school improvement list as determined by the State Board of Education." The bill also removed the cap on new charters per year. Furthermore, the bill clarifies that the authorizer fee shall only apply to the State Aid allocation amount and not to any other revenues of the charter.

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SB1862

Year:
2010

Senate Author(s)

Coffee, Ford and Eason McIntyre

House Author(s)

Benge and Sullivan

Bill Description

This bill added Federally Recognized Indian Tribes as authorizers as long as the charter was for native language immersion and the tribe operated a high school under the Bureau of Indian Affairs prior to November 1, 2010. It removed caps and limitations on charter growth, clarified the authorizer fee language and added that students residing in the school district in which the charter school was located would have priority in enrollment.

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SB445

Year:
2011

Senate Author(s)

Ford

House Author(s)

Denney and Cooksey

Bill Description

Students who reside in the school district where the charter school is located are not required to seek a transfer to enroll at the charter school.

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SB278

Year:
2011

Senate Author(s)

Stanislawski

House Author(s)

Hickman, Billy and Nelson

Bill Description

Allowed the State Board of Education to approve applications when the applicant had a contract with the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

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SB256

Year:
2011

Senate Author(s)

Ford

House Author(s)

Denney

Bill Description

Charter would now be eligible to receive current government lease rates.

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SB553

Year:
2011

Senate Author(s)

Sykes

House Author(s)

Jordan

Bill Description

This was a repealer, clean-up bill.

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SB1816

Year:
2012

Senate Author(s)

Stanislawski

House Author(s)

Quinn, Kern and Murphey

Bill Description

Creation of a board to oversee a statewide virtual charter school whose authorizer would be the State Board of Education.

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HB1385

Year:
2013

Senate Author(s)

Holt

House Author(s)

Coody

Bill Description

Cleans up language in the authorizer section to align more closely with No Child Left Behind. Specifically, authorizers' ability to sponsor schools outside of Oklahoma and Tulsa counties should be limited to those school districts listed by the State Department of Education as "in need of improvement," a technical term associated with Federal education code.

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SB267

Year:
2013

Senate Author(s)

Stanislawski

House Author(s)

Quinn and Nelson

Bill Description

Creates the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board as the sole authorizer of online charter schools in Oklahoma.

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SB1461

Year:
2014

Senate Author(s)

Stanislawski

House Author(s)

Denney

Bill Description

Every charter governing board must submit itemized statements of expenditures by September 1.

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HB1034

Year:
2015

Senate Author(s)

Loveless and Pittman

House Author(s)

Kirby, Denney and Billy

Bill Description

Allows Federally Recognized Indian Tribes to authorize charter schools on their federal trust land.

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SB136

Year:
2015

Senate Author(s)

Stanislawski

House Author(s)

Nelson

Bill Description

Empowering the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board to approve supplemental online courses.

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SB505

Year:
2015

Senate Author(s)

Stanislawski

House Author(s)

Nelson

Bill Description

Creation of a revolving fund for the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board.

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SB782

Year:
2015

Senate Author(s)

Jolley, Loveless and Griffin

House Author(s)

Denney and Jordan

Bill Description

The larges overhaul of the Charter School Act since 1999. Increases accountability measures on charter schools and allows any school district in the state to authorize charter schools.

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HB2720

Year:
2016

Senate Author(s)

Jolley

House Author(s)

Virgin and Denney

Bill Description

Clarifies and further defines "conversion schools." Allows school boards to convert traditional public schools into "conversion schools" that have charter-like status.

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HB1268

Year:
2016

Senate Author(s)

Jolley

House Author(s)

Denney

Bill Description

This bill corrected a scrivener's error, changing one word from "designed" to "designated."

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HB3201

Year:
2016

Senate Author(s)

Sykes

House Author(s)

Grau

Bill Description

This was a repealer, clean-up bill.

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