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2009 House Bill 4789: Authorize failing school “turnaround schools” [charter schools]
  1. Introduced by Rep. Tim Melton (D) on April 2, 2009, to authorize state funding for a failing school that has been converted into a “turnaround school” (charter school), under the same terms as apply to regular charter schools (they get the lesser of the per pupil foundation allowance of the surrounding conventional school district, or the minimum foundation allowance plus $300).
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on April 2, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on June 18, 2009, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on June 18, 2009.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Tim Melton (D) on June 25, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 25, 2009.
  2. Passed 69 to 39 in the House on June 25, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on July 15, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on July 15, 2009.

Comments

Re: 2009 House Bill 4789 (Authorize failing school “turnaround schools” [charter schools] )  by Admin003 on June 28, 2009 

 


Rep. Meekhof, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill:


“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:


This legislation aims to impose sanctions on the worst performing public schools, most of which are high schools in high-poverty, urban areas. Unfortunately, many of the reforms in this legislation have been seriously watered down. At the same time, it holds charter schools to a more stringent standard than traditional public schools, making it even harder for charter schools to try to help where traditional public schools have failed.


This legislation also makes changes to union collective bargaining powers that are totally unrelated to the issue of failing school reforms. It reverses a number of cost-saving provisions that benefit unions at the expense of students. It even allows unions leverage over areas they should not control, such as the school start date.


For these reasons, I cannot support this bill at this time.”



Re: 2009 House Bill 4789 (Authorize failing school “turnaround schools” [charter schools] )  by Admin003 on June 28, 2009 

 


Rep. Schuitmaker, having reserved the right to explain her protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:


“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:


HB 4787/ 4788 - Turnaround schools


This legislation aims to impose sanctions on the worst performing public schools, most of which are high schools in high-poverty, urban areas. Unfortunately, many of the reforms in this legislation have been seriously watered down. At the same time, it holds charter schools to a more stringent standard than traditional public schools, making it even harder for charter schools to try to help where traditional public schools have failed.


This legislation also makes changes to union collective bargaining powers that are totally unrelated to the issue of failing school reforms. It reverses a number of cost-saving provisions that benefit unions at the expense of students. It even allows unions leverage over areas they should not control, such as the school start date.


For these reasons, I cannot support this bill at this time.”



2009 House Bill 4789 (Authorize failing school “turnaround schools” [charter schools] )  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the House on April 2, 2009, to authorize state funding for a failing school that has been converted into a “turnaround school” (charter school), under the same terms as apply to regular charter schools (they get the lesser of the per pupil foundation allowance of the surrounding conventional school district, or the minimum foundation allowance plus $300)

The vote was 69 in favor, 39 opposed and 2 not voting

(House Roll Call 359 at House Journal 0)

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