Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provide that if the State Charter School Commission or any other State entity to which an appeal may be submitted under the Law reverses a local school board's decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter, the reversal may not be implemented unless the question of whether a charter school shall be established or continue operating has been submitted to the electors of the school district at a regular election and approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question. Sets forth requirements for the referendum.
State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
Does not create a State mandate.
Home Rule Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Removes provisions allowing the State Charter School Commission to reverse a school board's decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. In a provision concerning a charter school proposed to be jointly authorized by 2 or more school districts and the school boards unanimously denying the charter school proposal with a statement that the school boards are not opposed to the charter school, but that they yield to the Commission in light of the complexities of joint administration, allows the charter applicant to submit the proposal to the Commission and requires the Commission to follow the same process and be subject to the same timelines for review as a school board.
Fiscal Note (Illinois State Board of Education)
According to the State Board of Elections, to the extent that a school referendum would need to be added to the ballot at an even year election, there would be some modest extra cost to the election authorities - relating to programming and printing the extra ballot style(s) for a school referendum when the school district is not otherwise a part of the ballot (for electing officers). The charter school operator may experience a financial impact if a school district revokes a charter and that decision is overturned by the Charter School Commission. HB 4237 requires that the reversal cannot be implemented pending the outcome of the referendum, which means that the charter may have to shut down temporarily and reopen if the decision to reverse the school district decision is upheld via referendum.