Amend the bill in section 5 in §2413-A in subsection 2 in paragraph A by striking out all of subparagraph (3) (page 3, lines 8 to 12 in L.D.) and inserting the following:
(3) For transportation expenses, the transportation operating allocation must be the statewide per-pupil essential programs and services transportation operating allocation multiplied by pupil counts determined under section 15683-B, subsection 2, paragraph A multiplied by the percentage established by the commission for the public charter school based on the cost of transportation services provided by the public charter school to the student, but not to exceed 100%.
Amend the bill in section 5 in §2413-A in subsection 2 by striking out all of paragraphs B and C (page 3, lines 17 to 42 in L.D.) and inserting the following:
. The following provisions govern special education funding.
(1) For each enrolled special education student, a public charter school must receive the average additional allocation calculated by the department under section 15681-A, subsection 2 for its special education students. These allocations must be paid on the same basis as the per-pupil allocations for operating funds.
(2) The department shall pay directly to a public charter school any federal or state aid attributable to a student with a disability attending the public charter school in proportion to the level of services for the student with a disability that the public charter school provides directly or indirectly.
(3) The department shall pay to a public charter school any additional allocation assigned to the public charter school because of a high-cost in-district special education placement in accordance with section 15681-A, subsection 2, paragraph B in the year in which the allocation is assigned as an adjustment to the public charter school's state contribution.
(4) The department shall pay to a public charter school any additional allocation assigned to the school administrative unit because of a high-cost out-of-district special education placement in accordance with section 15681-A, subsection 2, paragraph C in the year in which the allocation is assigned.
C. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the State shall send applicable federal funds directly to public charter schools attended by eligible students. Public charter schools with students eligible for funds under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 20 United States Code, Section 6301 et seq. must receive and use these funds in accordance with federal and state law. During the first year of operation, a public charter school must receive Title I funds on the basis of an estimated enrollment of eligible students, as determined by its authorizer.’
Amend the bill in section 5 in §2413-A in subsection 2 by inserting after paragraph G the following:
‘ H. A public charter school may receive payment pursuant to paragraph A for students residing in the unorganized territory based on the state average EPS per-pupil rate as defined in section 15672, subsection 7-A. A special education student residing in the unorganized territory must be treated the same as a resident student from a school administrative unit for special education costs pursuant to paragraph B. The responsibility for providing a free, appropriate public education for a special education student passes to the charter school in which the student enrolls. As with other resident school administrative units in accordance with section 15681-A, subsection 2, paragraph B, the department shall pay for high-cost in-district students.’
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 6 (page 4, lines 16 to 40, page 5, lines 1 to 40, page 6, lines 1 to 41 in L.D.) and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 6. 20-A MRSA §15683-B is enacted to read:
Beginning with fiscal year 2015-16, this section applies to public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission, established under Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 10-D, in accordance with the funding provisions established in section 2413-A.
Amend the bill in section 7 in subsection 2-A in the last line (page 7, line 5 in L.D.) by inserting after the following: " 15683-B" the following: ' and post these estimated contributions on the department's publicly accessible website'
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 9 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 9. 20-A MRSA §15689-D, as amended by PL 2013, c. 368, Pt. C, §18, is further amended to read:
Amend the bill by striking out all of sections 12 and 13 (page 8, lines 8 to 28 in L.D.)
This amendment provides clarification to the provisions established to fund public charter schools that are authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission beginning in fiscal year 2015-16. The amendment accomplishes the following:
1. It adds a provision to provide that a public charter school may receive payment for students residing in the unorganized territory and provides that a special education student residing in the unorganized territory must be treated the same as a resident student from a school administrative unit for purposes of special education costs;
2. It amends the calculation of the total allocation and state contribution for a public charter school to provide that the EPS per-pupil rate is different when only one school administrative unit sends students to a public charter school as compared to the EPS per-pupil rate when there is more than one school administrative unit sending students to the public charter school;
3. It amends the student count used for the determination of the EPS per-pupil rates for public charter schools by providing that the basic student count is the October 1st student count of the most recent calendar year prior to the year of funding;
4. It amends the provision related to the total allocation and state contribution for public charter schools to provide that up to 3% of this amount must be withheld and transferred to the Maine Charter School Commission in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 2405, subsection 5, paragraph B;
5. It removes the provision that establishes a moratorium on the approval of, authorization of and execution of contracts for virtual public charter schools by the Maine Charter School Commission;
6. It removes the provision that requires the Maine Charter School Commission to review the virtual public charter school models in other states and to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs; and
7. It amends the provisions that require the Commissioner of Education and the Governor to notify the governing board of each public charter school of the estimated amount of state contributions and the recommended funding level computations that must be allocated to the public charter school pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15683-B to provide that these estimated contributions must be posted on the Department of Education's publicly accessible website.