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  85R3412 KJE-F
 
  By: Burkett H.B. No. 480
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to open-enrollment charter schools that provide only
  prekindergarten programs.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 12, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 12.1015 to read as follows:
         Sec. 12.1015.  AUTHORIZATION FOR GRANT OF CHARTERS FOR
  SCHOOLS PROVIDING ONLY PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS. (a) The
  commissioner may grant under Section 12.101 a charter on the
  application of an eligible entity for an open-enrollment charter
  school intended to provide only prekindergarten programs.
         (b)  A charter application for an open-enrollment charter
  school described by Subsection (a) may not be denied, and the
  charter of an open-enrollment charter school described by
  Subsection (a) may not be revoked or denied renewal, on the basis
  that the school does not provide instruction to students at any
  grade level at which students are assessed under Subchapter B,
  Chapter 39.
         (c)  The limit on the number of charters for open-enrollment
  charter schools imposed by Section 12.101 does not apply to a
  charter granted under this section.
         (d)  For purposes of the applicability of state and federal
  law, an open-enrollment charter school described by Subsection (a)
  is considered the same as any other school for which a charter is
  granted under Section 12.101.
         (e)  The commissioner shall adopt rules as necessary to
  administer this section.
         SECTION 2.  Section 12.118(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  An evaluation under this section must include
  consideration of the following items before implementing the
  charter and after implementing the charter:
               (1)  if applicable, students' scores on assessment
  instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39;
               (2)  student attendance;
               (3)  students' grades;
               (4)  incidents involving student discipline;
               (5)  socioeconomic data on students' families;
               (6)  parents' satisfaction with their children's
  schools; and
               (7)  students' satisfaction with their schools.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.