Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on June 11, 2009, to authorize “neighborhood schools” run by parents and teachers under contract to a sponsor, such as a mayor, a city or the state board of education. They would have to meet certain standards, but would have more flexible rules than existing public schools (they could institure merit pay and would not be bound by strict seniority “tenure” mandates, for example). Teachers and parents at existing public schools could vote on whether to go independent, and applications to “secede” from a failing a failing school district and create a “neighborhood school” would have priority.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2009.
Reported in the Senate on September 9, 2009, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on January 13, 2010.