Attachment: Policy 2.57.pdf
Mr. Peter B. Licata, Assistant Superintendent of Division of Choice Options presented the Charter Policy and pointed out that there are new statutes as of last week. Our basis is to make sure that we provide a good enough environment for students in Palm Beach County.
Requested by Board Members for a copy to be sent to them (not.
Ms. Laura Pincus reviewed application features. Powerpoint presented: Purpose and Intent - application process is mandated by State of Florida. All applications must be submitted by August 1st, Charter School Department is having a new Applicant Training on May 21st. Application has 10 different sections and it is reviewed by District Staff which will be trained. Evaluation ratings is set by State Board of Education and it will eitehr meet standards, partially meets standards or does not meet standards; Limited Opportunities to cure. We can request additional time if needed. Interview component added, can be recorded, bigger process (no substantial changes but can appeal to us in that manner); Statute permits partially qualified applications to appeal. Non substantive flaw 7 days to fix, everyone gets same opportunity for interview (component added); August deadline; Application Process and Review; Special Procedures for High Performing Charter Schools; Contract Negotiations - school district has 60 days to negotiate (will be looked at in September or October), must be negotiated within 75 days - tight timeline; High Performance Schools determined by the Commission of Education (application process is a little different); Subject to Board Discussion on how charter applications should proceed; Ongoing Monitoring and Administrative Compliance - monitoring directed by accountability, schools report back if in financial situation. Important to monitor their academics; Renewal of Charter Contracts; Non-Renewal and Termination - school can appeal and have options of hearing; Transportation for Charter Schools - applications are huge, provide synopsis. If parties disagree, FDOE provides mediation process; Having a B in Charter School before applying for another (not a fair process). Board has very little discretion to deny schools. If there is a non-substantive flaw, given 7 days to cure it but if it has substative flaws then it will be denied until the following year. Approve Charter Schools that compliment schools that we already have.What population it serves if any, do we have power and discretion to deny application where curriculum program doesn't supplement our programs. Put some statute to prohibit charters from competing with us. Not attached to letter grades. Cannot restraint, no way to restraint based on location, actually that is the intent to compete. If there is a termination, School District has to provide 90 days notice and school can appeal. Choose date certain for students in TERMS. Providing assistance to low performing children as oppose to the school.
Mr. Sanches pointed out that charter schools are increasing and transportation costs will be higher. Law says that charter schools have to provide transporation. Policy says charter school has to negotiate transportation by submitting a plan. Conversion contract says school shall contract with District but also say that they may negotiate with District (may and shall in conversion charters). $200 per student paid now by charter school, it cost about $800 and the state only gives us $400, there is a gap. Would like to move to a charge per mile instead of a charge per student. Surplus buses now donated to charter schools and law does not make us. Some schools have their own drivers, we pay for their training and medical exams, etc. Cost of CDL Driver's Licentse is approximately $2,500 to $3,000 if we want to continue providing for free we can but we can also request to get paid for it. Charge for the inspections and the repairs. Obligated to provide it for conversion charters but do not have to provide it for non-conversion charters. Charters will argue that 5% is kept by District but this cannot be part of it. Charge per mile from bus stop not child's residence; what can we eliminate to save money; looking at charging parents for transportation for students; transportation for ESE students; anyone going to a magnet pays. More choices and more options. Ms. Brills worries about ESE students whose parents may not know to add component to IEP. Provide charter schools with everything we do without subsidizing. Bring back matrix and information regarding legal about transporation. No decision made yet. On agenda today is development of policy, staff will bring it back for a third time after decision is made. Transportation not part of this policy. After going through matrix, for consistency this should go in policy. Transportion piece has been set since last year. Matrix can go over 5% but not known now. Transportation piece should be in policy and clear whether they are entitled to get it or not. Synopsis that Board receives needs to be more helpful.
Mr. Barbieri - are we allowed to consider applicants which are using same kind of plans as other schools that are not making it? Not one of the criteria now, still need to follow state application, Legal will get back to Board. Criteria for State designated charters (no deficiencies in any area).
Dr. Robinson - in the future any deviation from contracts need to be highlighted. For future applicants (should be part of formal evaluation), if after additional research it can't be, let it be highlighted on Executive Summary to Board. Define on the policy on Line 16 that is designated by Commissioner of Education. Line 99-201 tell us now and in the policy what level of support that has to be. 50% plus 1 (put it in the policy). Line 191 will read easier if include "high performance charter". Line 71-73 Application Review object to the B and define significant. We don't close schools with C, don't deny administrators promotions or transfers if they got a C. Unfair to say you need a grade of B in order to expand your charter world. That encourages student shopping which is wrong.
Mr. Barbieri - State encouraging for charters to open right next door to public schools to compete. There should be something in the policy or statute that prohibits charters from competing with same programs. Keep them from competing with us if we are fulfilling a need. Per Laura Pincus there is no way to restrict by location, in fact, that is the intent to compete.
Ms. Andrews - Public schools have to get revisions in statute.
Dr. Robinson - would like for language to provide assistance to low performing children as opposed to school. Accountability is too focused on how school is doing more than on how children is doing. Mr. Shaw please give district staff outline of all bumps in road as you take lead to improve charter school process and legislation that covers it. We have advocacy groups that analyze how it impacts children. Organizations can be asked to make sure how legislation is impacting our children.
Ms. Andrews - can Mr. Sanches give us a history of how it was handled?
Ms. Andrews - get a matrix of 5% and what we are really doing for charter schools. Some charter schools still complaint about the District not giving them what they need.
Dr. Robinson - conversation about charging parents on sliding scale for transportation status? Mr. Sanches said it was not supported by Budget Advisory Committee. I would expand that to charters, parents would pay for transportation, would like to explore unless majority of Board says no.
Dr. Robinson - no legal restriction for charging for transportation for choice and charter? Legal Department please look into it.
Ms. Andrews - would like to have additional information before making a decision.
Dr. Robinson - staff to bring back matrix and legal information of charging parents for transportation. Not a decision made at this point.
Dr. Robinson - my expectation would be that after matrix is reviewed, when decision is made that it is defined in policy.
Mr. Barbieri - can we add it to the policy even if it states that it will not be in effect until a later date. It should be cleared from the offset what they are entitled to get from us. Ms. Pincus said we can do this from this point forward.
Dr. Robinson - would like to see changes highlighted and who they originated from.