Public charter schools; costs and applications. (HB1470)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public charter schools; costs and applications. Establishes that public charter schools are not required to pay the costs of necessary renovations to school facilities and clarifies that the negotiations between the public charter school and the local school board over the costs of operation and maintenance of school facilities shall occur after approval of the public charter school application. The bill also provides that the procedures for receiving, reviewing, and ruling upon charter school applications shall provide that (i) if any group or individual other than the school board or its members reviews a charter school application, that group or individual shall provide regular reports to the school board on the progress of the review, and that (ii) the local school board deliver its decision within 90 days of the submission of the application to the local school board for review. The bill additionally requires the Board of Education to establish guidelines containing best practices for receiving, reviewing, and ruling upon public charter school applications and to post the guidelines on its website and make a copy of the guidelines available to all interested parties upon request. The bill further requires the local school board to provide written notification of the reasons for its denial of a public charter school application without conditions or reservations or acceptance of a public school charter application with conditions or reservations. The satisfaction of conditions or reservations shall be deemed an application amended by negotiation, and such application shall be exempt from the procedures for petitions of reconsideration and subject to the process for reviewing applications pursuant to 22.1-212.9. The bill finally requires the local school board to submit all documents to the Board of Education that the local school board used in its decision to deny the charter school application or revoke or fail to renew the charter agreement. The law previously required the local school board to submit documentation to the Board of Education as to the rationale for the denial or revocation of the charter school application. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100509D
12/29/2012Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2013Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2013Left in Education