Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Removes the
limit on the number of charter schools that may operate in a specific
region of the State. Provides that a charter school that leases or
purchases a building that was used as a school during the immediately
prior school year may give priority to pupils who were enrolled in the
school the prior year. Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Adds a preamble. Deletes everything after the enacting clause.
Reinserts the contents of the bill with the following change.
Restores current law limiting the number of charter schools that may
operate at any one time in a specific region of the State but
increases the number of charter schools that may operate at any one
time in the City of Chicago from 15 to 30.
BALANCED BUDGET NOTE (Bureau of the Budget)
Since SB 78 is not a supplemental appropriation bill, the
Balanced Budget Note Act is inapplicable.
FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Education)
Local school districts fund charter schools. The State provides
temporary transition impact aid to help the school district
adjust to this payment. The local subsidy is equal to the per
capita tuition charge per pupil unless the district negotiates
something different with the charter school. The Chicago Public
Schools (CPS) have negotiated a lesser amount for their exist-
ing charter schools. The total cost to CPS this year for char-
ter schools is estimated to be $33.4 million ($5,023 per capita
tuition times 6,650 students) while the State transition impact
aid to CPS is approximately $5 million (CPS also receives $13.0
million in general State aid for these students). While it
depends on enrollment, if the number of charter schools in
Chicago doubles, it is not unreasonable to predict that the
current local and State costs may double as well.
STATE MANDATES NOTE (State Board of Education)
Sames as SBE fiscal note.
JUDICIAL NOTE (Administrative Office of Illinois Courts)
SB 78 would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges
needed in the State.
PENSION NOTE (Pension Laws Commission)
SB 78 would not affect the accrued liabilities or annual cost
of any Illinois public pension fund or retirement system.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: JAN-07-2003
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 1
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