The law requires a registration process for local school boards to affirm their interest in chartering to the state and an application process for a governing board of a nonprofit college or university that provides a four-year educational program for which it awards a baccalaureate or more advanced degree to authorize charters. These processes only apply to entities that have not previously issued a charter for any charter school prior to July 1, 2015.
The law requires authorizers to submit an annual report to the state department of education and the state board of education that contains the following information: results of all standardized testing, end of course assessments, and any other assessments used for each authorized schoolstatewide assessment program measures, student growth and improvement data for each authorized school, attendance rates for each authorized school, graduation rates if appropriate, including attainment of Core 40 andIndiana diplomas with a Core 40 designation and Indiana diplomas with Core 40 with academic honors diplomas designations for each authorized school, and student enrollment data for each authorized school including the number of students enrolled and the number of students expelled, status of the authorizer’s charter schools, names of the authorizer’s board members or ultimate decision making body, evidence that the authorizer is in compliance with state law, a report summarizing the total amount of administrative fees collected by the authorizer and how the fees were expended, if applicable, total amount of other fees or funds not included in the report received by the authorizer from a charter school and how the fees or funds were expended, and the most recent audits for each authorized school submitted to the authorizer.
The authorizer shall annually compile the following into a report and submit it to the legislative council.
* Proposals received.
* Proposals accepted, including the length of time for which a charter is granted.
* Proposals rejected, including the reasons for the rejection.
* School goals, educational program design, and the name and address of the education management organization operating the school and the name of the chief operating officer of the education management organization, if applicable.
The law provides that an authorizer of a charter school that does not meet the minimum standard for charter school renewal may petition the state board at any time to request permission to renew the charter school's charter notwithstanding the fact that the charter school does not meet the minimum standard. If timely notification is made, the state board shall hold a hearing to consider the authorizer's request at the state board's next regularly scheduled board meeting.
In determining whether to grant such a request, the state board shall consider the following:
* Enrollment of students with special challenges, such as drug or alcohol addiction, prior withdrawal from school, prior incarceration, or other special circumstances.
* High mobility of the student population resulting from the specific purpose of the charter school.
* Annual improvement in the performance of students enrolled in the charter school, compared with the performance of students enrolled in the charter school in the immediately preceding school year.
After the hearing, the state board must implement one or more of the following actions:
* Grant the authorizer's request to renew the charter of the charter school. The state board may determine the length of the renewal and any conditions of the renewal placed upon either the charter school or the authorizer.
* Order the closure of the charter school at the end of the current school year.
* Order the reduction of any administrative fee collected under state law that is applicable to the charter school. The reduction must become effective at the beginning of the month following the month of the authorizer's hearing before the state board.
A charter school that is closed by the state board under this section may not be granted a charter by any authorizer.
According to state law, if any authorizer renews the charter of, fails to close, or grants a new charter to a charter school that the state board has ordered closed, the authorizer's authority to authorize new charter schools may be suspended by the state board until such a time as the state board formally approves the authorizer to authorize new charter schools. A determination to suspend an authorizer's authority to authorize new charter schools must identify the deficiencies that, if corrected, will result in the approval of the authorizer to authorize new charter schools.
According to the law, if the deficiencies are not corrected within two years after the date the state board suspends the authorizer's authority to authorize new charter schools, the state board, following an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members, may revoke the authorizer's authority to function as an authorizer.
The law requires the state board of education to provide a formal evaluation of the overall state of charter school outcomes in Indiana every five years.