CHAPTER 118

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 100

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS REGARDING SPECIAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, STUDENT ADMISSIONS, NUMBER OF DAYS ALLOWABLE TO REVIEW AND APPROVE A NEW CHARTER SCHOOL, FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR FUTURE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND MEMBERSHIP OF A CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend §505, Chapter 5, Title 14, Delaware Code, by inserting the following phrase after the word “title” in the first sentence thereof:

“, except the provisions of Chapter 31,”.

Section 2. Amend §506(3), Chapter 5, Title 14, Delaware Code, by striking subsection in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection to read as follows:

“(3) Restrict student admissions except:

(i) By age and grade.

(ii) By lottery in the case of over-enrollment.

Preferences in student admissions may be given to:

(i) Siblings of students enrolled at the school.

(ii) Students attending an existing public school converted to charter status. Parents of students at a school converted to charter status shall be provided with a plan the district will use to address the educational needs of students who will not be attending the charter school.

(iii) Students enrolling in a new (non-converted) charter school may be given preference under the following circumstances as long as the school has described its preferences in the school’s charter:

(A) Students residing within a five mile radius of the school

(B) Students residing within the regular school district in which the school is located.

(C) Students who have a specific interest in the school’s teaching methods, philosophy, or educational focus.

(D) Students who are at risk of academic failure.”

Section 3. Amend §511(g), Chapter 5, Title 14, Delaware Code, by inserting after the number “90” and before the word “days” the following:

“working”.

Section 4. Amend §504(b), Chapter 5, Title 14, Delaware Code, by adding to the end thereof a new sentence to read as follows:

“No person shall serve as a member of a charter school board of directors who is an elected member of a local school board of education.”

Approved July 02,1999