92nd General Assembly
Summary of SB0078
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CHARTER SCH-NUMBER-PRIORITY                                                

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

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   1


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