Two-word bill on Utah charter schools aims to solve enrollment problem before it starts

Jan 31, 2018 by

Charter school advocates are asking Utah lawmakers to approve a seemingly redundant two-word amendment to state law.

Currently, charters have the option of giving enrollment preference to students who live “within a 2-mile radius” of the school, if that student’s traditional neighborhood campus is at or over capacity.

But House Bill 245 would change the law to “within up to a 2-mile” radius, a difference that bill sponsor Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, says provides additional flexibility to administrators.

“They can prioritize a mile-and-a-half,” Fawson said.

Fawson said he sponsored HB245 at the request of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. The concern, he said, is that current law could require precisely a 2-mile radius of enrollment preference, which in urban and densely populated areas could result in large numbers of children— potentially exceeding a charter school’s capacity— being bumped to the front of the line.

The issue is hypothetical, Fawson said, as he is not aware of any school facing backlash over its application of the enrollment preference option.

Source: Two-word bill on Utah charter schools aims to solve enrollment problem before it starts – The Salt Lake Tribune

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