DAR File No. 37923
This rule was published in the September 1, 2013, issue (Vol. 2013, No. 17) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Charter Schools - General Provisions
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 37923
Filed: 08/14/2013 10:23:24 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is amended to revise language in the charter school mentoring program and make necessary terminology changes.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendments include changing the charter school mentoring program allowable expenditures to remove the dollar amount for substitute per diem and adding language for payment for mentors and supplies and materials. Terminology has also been changed.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 53A-1-401(3)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There is no anticipated cost or savings to the state budget. The changes to the rule relate to charter schools.
There is no anticipated cost or savings to local government. New and amended language in the charter school mentoring program section of the rule allows for flexibility and local autonomy for charter schools.
There is no anticipated cost or savings to small businesses. This rule and the changes apply to public education and do not affect businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is no anticipated cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities. Individuals participating as mentors in the program will receive compensation, as determined by the charter school, for their services.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs for affected persons. Approved mentors will provide services consistent as required by the charter school.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
I have reviewed this rule and I see no fiscal impact on businesses.
Martell Menlove, State Superintendent
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Education
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Carol Lear at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7835, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Carol Lear, Director, School Law and Legislation
R277. Education, Administration.
R277-470. Charter Schools - General Provisions.
A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.
B. "Chartering entities" means entities that authorize a charter school under Section 53A-1a-501.3(2).
C. "Charter schools" means schools acknowledged as charter schools by chartering entities under Sections 53A-1a-515, 53A-1a-521, and this rule or by the Board under Section 53A-1a-505.
D. "Charter school governing board" means the board designated by the charter school to make decisions for the operation of the school.
H]. "[ No Child Left Behind (NCLB)]" means the federal law under the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act, Title IX, Part A, 20 U.S.C. 7801.
E]. "Expansion" means a proposed[ ten percent] increase of students or adding grade
level(s) in an operating charter school at a single location.
F]. "Mentor," for purposes of the mentoring
program, means an individual with experience as a charter school
governing board member, employee, advisor, or a public educator
with an area of expertise or demonstrated competence, willing to
advise charter schools, approved by the State Charter School Board
to participate in the mentoring program.
G]. "Mentoring program," for purposes of this rule,
means the State Charter School Board mentoring program.
I. "Satellite school" means a charter school affiliated with an operating charter school having a common governing board and a similar program of instruction, but located at a different site or in a different geographical area. The parent school and all satellites shall be considered a single local education agency (LEA) for purposes of public school funding and reporting.
J. "State Charter School Board" means the board designated in Section 53A-1a-501.5.
K. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.
L. "Utah Consolidated Application (UCA)" means the web-based grants management tool employed by the Utah State Office of Education by which local education agencies submit plans and budgets for approval of the Utah State Office of Education.
R277-470-2. Authority and Purpose.
A. This rule is authorized under Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board, Section 53A-1a-513 which directs the Board to distribute funds for charter school students directly to the charter school, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, and 20 U.S.C., Section 8063(3) which directs the Board to submit specific information prior to charter schools' receipt of federal funds.
B. The purpose of this rule is to [
establish procedures for authorizing, funding, and
monitoring charter schools and for repealing charter school
authorizations. The rule also establishes timelines as required by
law to provide for adequate training for beginning charter
R277-470-3. Maximum Authorized Charter School Students.
A. Local school boards and institutions of
higher education may approve charter schools by notifying the [
State Charter School ]Board by [ April] 1 of the [ calendar] year [ two] year[ s] prior to opening of proposed charter schools,
including authorized numbers of students and other information as
required in Sections 53A-1a-515 and 53A-1a-521.
B. The Board, in consultation with the State Charter School Board and chartering entities, may approve schools, expansions and satellite charter schools for the total number of students authorized under Section 53A-1a-502.5
C. The number of students requested from
all chartering entities shall be considered as students are
by the State Charter School Board] and approved by
R277-470-4. Charter Schools and [
A. Charter schools that desire to receive
NCLB] funds shall comply with the requirements of
B. To obtain its allocation of [
NCLB] formula funds, a charter school shall complete all
appropriate sections of the Utah Consolidated Application (UCA) and
identify its economically disadvantaged students in the October [ upload of the Data Clearinghouse].
C. If the school does not operate a federal school lunch program, the school:
(1) shall determine the economically disadvantaged status for its students on the basis of criteria no less stringent than those established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for identifying students who qualify for reduced price lunch for the fiscal year in question; or
(2) may use the Charter School Declaration of Household Income form provided by the USOE for this purpose.
D. A school which does not use the form shall maintain equivalent documentation in its records, which may be subject to audit.
R277-470-5. Charter School Start-up and Implementation Grants.
A. Charter schools that desire to receive State Charter School Board start-up and implementation grant funds shall comply with the requirements of R277-470-5.
B. To receive a State Charter School Board start-up or implementation grant, a charter school shall be eligible and meet the requirements consistent with Section 53A-1a-507.
C. Eligible charter schools shall complete an application and may be awarded a grant for no more than 36 months.
D. Only schools that have not received state start-up or implementation grant funds in prior years are eligible.
E. Amounts and conditions of distribution of state start-up or implementation grant funds shall be determined annually in conjunction with the State Charter School Board's new charter approval process.
F. Grant funds may only be used for allowable expenditures as provided by the State Charter School Board.
G. Grant recipients shall participate in monitoring activities.
H. Grantee [
schools] shall provide monitoring information to the USOE,
I. Charter schools shall repay grant funds to the State Charter School Board if recipients change to non-charter status within ten years of receiving grant funds. An exception may be made for schools that convert status due to either federal or state law requirements for academic purposes.
R277-470-6. Charter School Mentoring Program.
A. Board-approved or existing charter schools may choose to participate in the mentoring program.
B. Charter schools choosing to participate in the mentoring program shall submit an application to the USOE, consistent with USOE timelines.
C. Subject to the availability of funds, participating charter schools shall be eligible for reimbursement of allowable expenditures through the mentoring program if the charter school:
(1) submits an approved reimbursement form; and
(2) submits an approved mentor and program evaluation.
D. Allowable expenditures in the mentoring program include:
(1) mileage for mentor to and from home base to participating charter school, consistent with the USOE adopted travel policy;
(2) lodging consistent with the USOE adopted travel policy;
(3) meals consistent with the USOE adopted
(4) substitute per diem (paid to
mentor's employer) [
of $65 for a full day or $32.50 for a half day, ]if the mentor has to miss work and a substitute is necessary[ .]
E. A mentor shall submit an application to the State Charter School Board to participate in the mentoring program that identifies areas of expertise and demonstrated competencies.
F. The State Charter School Board shall:
(1) receive an annual program report from the USOE;
(2) evaluate the mentoring program annually;
(3) publish, on its website, information from participating schools regarding mentor evaluations; and
(4) maintain a list of approved mentors.
R277-470-7. Charter School Parental Involvement.
A. Charter schools shall encourage and provide opportunities for parental involvement in management decisions at the school level.
B. Charter schools that elect to receive
School LAND Trust funds shall have a committee[
consisting of a majority of parents elected from parents of
students currently attending the charter school that is designated
to make decisions about the School LAND Trust funds]
consistent with R277-477-3[ E].
A. Charter schools are not eligible for to-and-from school transportation funds.
B. A charter school that provides transportation to students shall comply with Utah law Section 53-8-211.
C. A school district may provide transportation for charter school students on a space-available basis on approved routes.
D. Charter school students and their parents who participate in transportation by the school district as guests shall receive notice of applicable district transportation policies and may forfeit with no recourse the privilege of transportation for violation of the policies.
R277-470-9. Miscellaneous Provisions.
A. The State Charter School Board shall provide a form on its website for individuals to report threats to health, safety or welfare of students consistent with Section 53A-1a-510(3).
(1) Individuals making reports shall be directed to report suspected criminal activity to local law enforcement and suspected child abuse to local law enforcement or the Division of Child and Family Services consistent with Sections 62A-4a-403 and 53A-11-605(3(a)).
(2) Additionally, individuals may report threats to the health, safety or welfare of students to the charter school governing board.
(a) reports shall be made in writing;
(b) reports shall be timely;
(c) anonymous reports shall not be reviewed further.
(3) Charter school governing boards shall verify that potential criminal activity or suspected child abuse has been reported consistent with state law and this rule.
(4) Charter school governing boards shall act promptly to investigate disciplinary action, if appropriate, against students who may be participants in threatening activities or take appropriate and reasonable action to protect students or both.
C. The Board shall have authority for final approval of all
charter schools. All charter schools shall be subject to
accountability standards established by the Board and to monitoring
and auditing by the Board.]
KEY: education, charter schools
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
August 8, 2012]
Notice of Continuation: August 2, 2013
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X, Sec 3; 53A-1a-515; 53A-1a-505; 53A-1a-513; 53A-1-401(3); 53A-1a-510; 53A-1a-519; 53A-1a-501.5; 53A-1-301; 53A-1a-502.5; 53-8-211; 62A-4a-403; 53A-11-605; 53A-1a-522; 53A-1a-521; 53A-1a-501.3; 53A-1a-513.5
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