130th Ohio General Assembly
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Am. Sub. H. B. No. 364As Passed by the House
As Passed by the House

124th General Assembly
Regular Session
2001-2002
Am. Sub. H. B. No. 364


REPRESENTATIVES Husted, Clancy, Calvert, Raga, DeWine, Seitz, Setzer, White, Goodman, Gilb, Faber, Webster, Schaffer, Brinkman, Flowers, Callender, Schmidt, Williams, Grendell, Young, Widowfield, Schneider, Wolpert, Blasdel, Allen, Reidelbach, Evans, Cates, Lendrum, Niehaus



A BILL
To amend sections 3313.375, 3313.534, 3314.011, 3314.013, 3314.02, 3314.03, 3314.06, 3314.07, 3314.072, 3314.08, 3314.09, 3314.091, 3314.11, 3314.13, 3317.03, 3318.38, 3318.50, 3327.01, 3327.02, 3365.08, and 4117.101; to amend, for the purpose of adopting a new section number as indicated in parentheses, section 3314.011 (3314.16); to enact sections 3314.015, 3314.022, 3314.023, 3314.024, 3314.041, 3314.073, 3314.074, 3314.081, 3314.111, 3314.17, 3314.30, 3314.31, and 3318.53; to repeal section 3314.021 of the Revised Code; and to amend Section 44.05 of Am. Sub. H.B. 94 of the 124th General Assembly to expand the sponsorship and area of the state in which community schools may be established, to establish the Community School Classroom Facilities Assistance Program, to establish the Community School Revolving Loan Fund, to make changes in the oversight and management of community schools, and to make other changes in the community school law, and to add a representative from the Auditor of State's Office to the Alternative Education Advisory Council.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 3313.375, 3313.534, 3314.011, 3314.013, 3314.02, 3314.03, 3314.06, 3314.07, 3314.072, 3314.08, 3314.09, 3314.091, 3314.11, 3314.13, 3317.03, 3318.38, 3318.50, 3327.01, 3327.02, 3365.08, and 4117.101 be amended; section 3314.011 (3314.16) be amended for the purpose of adopting a new section number as indicated in parentheses; and sections 3314.015, 3314.022, 3314.023, 3314.024, 3314.041, 3314.073, 3314.074, 3314.081, 3314.111, 3314.17, 3314.30, 3314.31, and 3318.53 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 3313.375.  The board of education of a city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district or, the governing board of an educational service center, or the governing authority of a community school may enter into a lease-purchase agreement providing for construction; enlarging or other improvement, furnishing, and equipping; lease; and eventual acquisition of a building or improvements to a building for any school district or, educational service center, or community school purpose. The agreement shall provide for a lease for a series of one-year renewable lease terms totaling not more than thirty years. The agreement shall provide that at the end of the series of lease terms provided for in the agreement the title to the leased property shall be vested in the school district or educational service center, if all obligations of the school district or, educational service center, or community school provided for in the agreement have been satisfied. The agreement may, in addition to the rental payments, require the school district or, educational service center, or community school to pay the lessor a lump-sum amount as a condition of obtaining title to the leased property. In conjunction with the agreement, a school district board of education or, an educational service center governing board, or a governing authority of a community school may grant leases, easements, or licenses for underlying land or facilities under the board's control for terms not exceeding five years beyond the final renewal term of the lease-purchase agreement entered into pursuant to this section. Payments under the agreement may be deemed to be, and paid as, current operating expenses.
The obligations under a lease-purchase agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall not be considered to be net indebtedness of a school district under section 133.06 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3313.534.  No later than July 1, 1998, the board of education of each city, exempted village, and local school district shall adopt a policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive truancy, and establish strategies to address such behavior that range from prevention to intervention.
No later than July 1, 1999, each of the big eight school districts, as defined in section 3314.02 of the Revised Code, shall establish under section 3313.533 of the Revised Code at least one alternative school to meet the educational needs of students with severe discipline problems, including, but not limited to, excessive truancy, excessive disruption in the classroom, and multiple suspensions or expulsions. Any other school district that attains after that date a significantly substandard graduation rate, as defined by the department of education, shall also establish such an alternative school under that section.
As used in this section, "big eight school district" means a school district that for fiscal year 1997 had both of the following:
(A) A percentage of children residing in the district and participating in the predecessor of Ohio works first greater than thirty per cent, as reported pursuant to section 3317.10 of the Revised Code;
(B) An average daily membership greater than twelve thousand, as reported pursuant to former division (A) of section 3317.03 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3314.013.  (A)(1) Until July 1, 2000, no more than seventy-five contracts between start-up schools and the state board of education may be in effect outside the pilot project area at any time under this chapter.
(2) After July 1, 2000, and until July 1, 2001, no more than one hundred twenty-five contracts between start-up schools and the state board of education may be in effect outside the pilot project area at any time under this chapter.
(3) For two years after the effective date of this amendment, no more than two hundred twenty-five contracts between start-up schools and all sponsors combined may be in effect under this chapter.
(B) Within twenty-four hours of a request by any person, the superintendent of public instruction shall indicate the number of preliminary agreements for state board-sponsored start-up schools currently outstanding and the number of contracts for these schools in effect at the time of the request.
(C) It is the intent of the general assembly to consider whether to provide limitations on the number of start-up community schools after July 1, 2001, following its examination of the results of the studies by the legislative office of education oversight required under section Section 50.39 of Am. Sub. H.B. No. 215 of the 122nd general assembly and section Section 50.52.2 of Am. Sub. H.B. No. 215 of the 122nd general assembly, as amended by Am. Sub. H.B. No. 770 of the 122nd general assembly.
Sec.  3314.015.  (A) The department of education shall be responsible for the oversight of sponsors of the community schools established under this chapter and shall provide technical assistance to schools and sponsors in their compliance with applicable laws and the terms of the contracts entered into under section 3314.03 of the Revised Code and in the development and start-up activities of those schools. In carrying out its duties under this section, the department shall do all of the following:
(1) In providing technical assistance to proposing parties, governing authorities, and sponsors, conduct training sessions and distribute informational materials;
(2) Approve entities to be sponsors of community schools and monitor the effectiveness of those sponsors in their oversight of the schools with which they have contracted;
(3) By December thirty-first of each year, issue a report to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the chairpersons of the house and senate committees principally responsible for education matters regarding the effectiveness of academic programs, operations, and legal compliance and of the financial condition of all community schools established under this chapter;
(4) From time to time, make legislative recommendations to the general assembly designed to enhance the operation and performance of community schools.
(B) No entity listed in division (C)(1) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code shall enter into a preliminary agreement under division (C)(2) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code until it has received approval from the department of education to sponsor community schools under this chapter and has entered into a written agreement with the department regarding the manner in which the entity will conduct such sponsorship. The department shall adopt in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code rules containing criteria, procedures, and deadlines for processing applications for such approval, for oversight of sponsors, for revocation of the approval of sponsors, and for entering into written agreements with sponsors. The rules shall require an entity to submit evidence of the entity's ability and willingness to comply with the provisions of division (D) of section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
An entity that is approved to sponsor community schools may enter into any number of preliminary agreements and sponsor any number of schools, provided each school and the contract for sponsorship meets the requirements of this chapter.
(C) If at any time the state board of education finds that a sponsor is not in compliance or is no longer willing to comply with its contract with any community school or with the department's rules for sponsorship, the state board or designee shall conduct a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code on that matter. If after the hearing, the state board or designee has confirmed the original finding, the state board or designee shall revoke the sponsor's approval to sponsor community schools and shall assume the sponsorship of any schools with which the sponsor has contracted until the earlier of the expiration of two school years or until a new sponsor as described in division (C)(1) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code is secured by the school's governing authority. The department may extend the term of the contract in the case of a school for which it has assumed sponsorship under this division as necessary to accommodate the term of the department's authorization to sponsor the school specified in this division.
(D) The decision of the department to disapprove an entity for sponsorship of a community school or to revoke approval for such sponsorship, as provided in division (C) of this section, may be appealed by the entity in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
(E) In carrying out its duties under this chapter, the department shall not impose requirements on community schools or their sponsors that are not permitted by law or duly adopted rules.
Sec. 3314.02.  (A) As used in this chapter:
(1) "Sponsor" means a public an entity listed in division (C)(1) of this section, which has been approved by the department of education to sponsor community schools and with which the governing authority of the proposed community school enters into a contract pursuant to this section.
(2) "Pilot project area" means the school districts included in the territory of the former community school pilot project established by former Section 50.52 of Am. Sub. H.B. No. 215 of the 122nd general assembly.
(3) "Challenged school district" means any of the following:
(a) A school district that is part of the pilot project area;
(b) A school district that is in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code;
(c) A big eight school district;
(d) An urban school district.
(4) "Big eight school district" means a school district that for fiscal year 1997 had both of the following:
(a) A percentage of children residing in the district and participating in the predecessor of Ohio works first greater than thirty per cent, as reported pursuant to section 3317.10 of the Revised Code;
(b) An average daily membership greater than twelve thousand, as reported pursuant to former division (A) of section 3317.03 of the Revised Code.
(5) "New start-up school" means a community school other than one created by converting all or part of an existing public school, as designated in the school's contract pursuant to division (A)(17) of section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
(6) "Urban school district" means one of the state's twenty-one urban school districts as defined in division (O) of section 3317.02 of the Revised Code as that section existed prior to July 1, 1998.
(B) Any person or group of individuals may initially propose under this division the conversion of all or a portion of a public school to a community school. The proposal shall be made to the board of education of the city, local, or exempted village school district in which the public school is proposed to be converted. Upon receipt of a proposal, a board may enter into a preliminary agreement with the person or group proposing the conversion of the public school, indicating the intention of the board of education to support the conversion to a community school. A proposing person or group that has a preliminary agreement under this division may proceed to finalize plans for the school, establish a governing authority for the school, and negotiate a contract with the board of education. Provided the proposing person or group adheres to the preliminary agreement and all provisions of this chapter, the board of education shall negotiate in good faith to enter into a contract in accordance with section 3314.03 of the Revised Code and division (C) of this section.
(C)(1) Any person or group of individuals may propose under this division the establishment of a new start-up school to be located in a challenged any school district. The proposal may be made to any of the following public entities:
(a) The board of education of the district in which the school is proposed to be located;
(b) The board of education of any joint vocational school district with territory in the county in which is located the majority of the territory of the district in which the school is proposed to be located;
(c) The board of education of any other city, local, or exempted village school district having territory in the same county where the district in which the school is proposed to be located has the major portion of its territory;
(d) The state board of education;
(e) If the school is proposed to be located in the pilot project area, the governing board of the any educational service center serving the county containing the majority of the territory of the pilot project area;
(f) If the school is proposed to be located in the pilot project area, a sponsoring authority designated by the board of trustees of a state university located in the pilot project area, or the board of trustees itself (e) Any qualified tax-exempt entity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that has been in operation for at least five years prior to applying to be a community school sponsor or has assets of at least five hundred thousand dollars.
The public Any entity described in this division may enter into a preliminary agreement pursuant to division (C)(2) of this section with the proposing person or group.
(2) A preliminary agreement indicates the intention of a public an entity described in division (C)(1) of this section to sponsor the community school. A proposing person or group that has such a preliminary agreement may proceed to finalize plans for the school, establish a governing authority as described in division (E) of this section for the school, and negotiate a contract with the public entity. Provided the proposing person or group adheres to the preliminary agreement and all provisions of this chapter, the public entity shall negotiate in good faith to enter into a contract in accordance with section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
(3) A new start-up school that is established in a school district while that district is in a state of academic emergency under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code may continue in existence once the school district is no longer in a state of academic emergency, provided there is a valid contract between the school and a sponsor.
A copy of every preliminary agreement entered into under this division shall be filed with the superintendent of public instruction.
(D) A majority vote of the board of a sponsoring school district board entity and a majority vote of the members of the governing authority of a community school shall be required to adopt a contract and convert the public school to a community school or establish the new start-up school. An unlimited number of community schools may be established in any school district provided that a contract is entered into for each community school pursuant to this chapter.
(E) Each new start-up community school established under this chapter shall be under the direction of a governing authority which shall consist of a board of not less than five individuals who are not owners or employees of any for-profit firm that operates or manages a school for the governing authority.
No person shall serve on the governing authority or operate the community school under contract with the governing authority so long as the person owes the state any money or is in a dispute over whether the person owes the state any money concerning the operation of a community school that has closed.
Sec. 3314.022. The governing authority of any community school established under this chapter may contract with the governing authority of another community school, the board of education of a school district, the governing board of an educational service center, a county MR/DD board, or the administrative authority of a nonpublic school for provision of services for any disabled student enrolled at the school. Any school district board of education or educational service center governing board shall negotiate with a community school governing authority that seeks to contract for the provision of services for a disabled student under this section in the same manner as it would with the board of education of a school district that seeks to contract for such services.
Sec. 3314.023. In order to provide monitoring and technical assistance, the sponsor of a community school shall be located or have representatives located within fifty miles of the location of the community school.
Sec. 3314.024. A management company that provides services to a community school that amounts to more than twenty per cent of the annual gross revenues of the school shall provide a detailed accounting including the nature and costs of the services it provides to the community school. This information shall be included in the footnotes of the financial statements of the school and be subject to audit during the course of the regular financial audit of the community school.
Sec. 3314.03.  (A) A copy of every contract entered into under this section shall be filed with the superintendent of public instruction.
(A) Each contract entered into under section 3314.02 of the Revised Code between a sponsor and the governing authority of a community school shall specify the following:
(1) That the school shall be established as a nonprofit corporation established under Chapter 1702. of the Revised Code;
(2) The education program of the school, including the school's mission, the characteristics of the students the school is expected to attract, the ages and grades of students, and the focus of the curriculum;
(3) The academic goals to be achieved and the method of measurement that will be used to determine progress toward those goals, which shall include the statewide achievement tests;
(4) Performance standards by which the success of the school will be evaluated by the sponsor;
(5) The admission standards of section 3314.06 of the Revised Code;
(6)(a) Dismissal procedures;
(b) A requirement that the governing authority adopt an attendance policy that includes a procedure for automatically withdrawing a student from the school if the student without a legitimate excuse fails to participate in one hundred five consecutive hours of the learning opportunities offered to the student. Such a policy shall provide for withdrawing the student by the end of the thirtieth day after the student has failed to participate as required under this division.
(7) The ways by which the school will achieve racial and ethnic balance reflective of the community it serves;
(8) Requirements and procedures for financial audits by the auditor of state. The contract shall require financial records of the school to be maintained in the same manner as are financial records of school districts, pursuant to rules of the auditor of state, and the audits shall be conducted in accordance with section 117.10 of the Revised Code.
(9) The facilities to be used and their locations;
(10) Qualifications of teachers, including a requirement that the school's classroom teachers be licensed in accordance with sections 3319.22 to 3319.31 of the Revised Code, except that a community school may engage noncertificated persons to teach up to twelve hours per week pursuant to section 3319.301 of the Revised Code;
(11) That the school will comply with the following requirements:
(a) The school will provide learning opportunities to a minimum of twenty-five students for a minimum of nine hundred twenty hours per school year;
(b) The governing authority will purchase liability insurance, or otherwise provide for the potential liability of the school;
(c) The school will be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and will not be operated by a sectarian school or religious institution;
(d) The school will comply with divisions (A), (B), and (C) of section 3301.0715 and sections 9.90, 9.91, 109.65, 121.22, 149.43, 2151.358, 2151.421, 2313.18, 3301.0710, 3301.0711, 3301.0712, 3301.0714, 3313.50, 3313.643, 3313.66, 3313.661, 3313.662, 3313.67, 3313.672, 3313.673, 3313.69, 3313.71, 3313.716, 3313.80, 3313.96, 3319.321, 3319.39, 3321.01, 3327.10, 4111.17, and 4113.52, and 5705.391 and Chapters 117., 1347., 2744., 3365., 4112., 4123., 4141., and 4167. of the Revised Code as if it were a school district and will comply with section 3301.0714 of the Revised Code in the manner specified in section 3314.17 of the Revised Code;
(e) The school shall comply with Chapter 102. of the Revised Code except that nothing in that chapter shall prohibit a member of the school's governing board from also being an employee of the school and nothing in that chapter or section 2921.42 of the Revised Code shall prohibit a member of the school's governing board from having an interest in a contract into which the governing board enters that is not a contract with a for-profit firm for the operation or management of a school under the auspices of the governing authority;
(f) The school will comply with sections 3313.61, 3313.611, and 3313.614 of the Revised Code, except that the requirement in sections 3313.61 and 3313.611 of the Revised Code that a person must successfully complete the curriculum in any high school prior to receiving a high school diploma may be met by completing the curriculum adopted by the governing authority of the community school rather than the curriculum specified in Title XXXIII of the Revised Code or any rules of the state board of education;
(g) The school governing authority will submit an annual within four months after the end of each school year a report of its activities and progress in meeting the goals and standards of divisions (A)(3) and (4) of this section and its financial status to the sponsor, the parents of all students enrolled in the school, and the legislative office of education oversight. The school will collect and provide any data that the legislative office of education oversight requests in furtherance of any study or research that the general assembly requires the office to conduct, including the studies required under Section 50.39 of Am. Sub. H.B. 215 of the 122nd general assembly and Section 50.52.2 of Am. Sub. H.B. 215 of the 122nd general assembly, as amended.
(12) Arrangements for providing health and other benefits to employees;
(13) The length of the contract, which shall begin at the beginning of an academic year and shall not exceed five years, unless extended pursuant to division (E) of this section;
(14) The governing authority of the school, which shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of the contract;
(15) A financial plan detailing an estimated school budget for each year of the period of the contract and specifying the total estimated per pupil expenditure amount for each such year. The plan shall specify for each year the base formula amount that will be used for purposes of funding calculations under section 3314.08 of the Revised Code. This base formula amount for any year shall not exceed the formula amount defined under section 3317.02 of the Revised Code. The plan may also specify for any year a percentage figure to be used for reducing the per pupil amount of disadvantaged pupil impact aid calculated pursuant to section 3317.029 of the Revised Code the school is to receive that year under section 3314.08 of the Revised Code.
(16) Requirements and procedures regarding the disposition of employees of the school in the event the contract is terminated or not renewed pursuant to section 3314.07 of the Revised Code;
(17) Whether the school is to be created by converting all or part of an existing public school or is to be a new start-up school, and if it is a converted public school, specification of any duties or responsibilities of an employer that the board of education that operated the school before conversion is delegating to the governing board of the community school with respect to all or any specified group of employees provided the delegation is not prohibited by a collective bargaining agreement applicable to such employees;
(18) Provisions establishing procedures for resolving disputes or differences of opinion between the sponsor and the governing authority of the community school;
(19) A provision requiring the governing authority to adopt a policy regarding the admission of students who reside outside the district in which the school is located. That policy shall comply with the admissions procedures specified in section 3314.06 of the Revised Code and, at the sole discretion of the authority, shall do one of the following:
(a) Prohibit the enrollment of students who reside outside the district in which the school is located;
(b) Permit the enrollment of students who reside in districts adjacent to the district in which the school is located;
(c) Permit the enrollment of students who reside in any other district in the state.
(20) A provision recognizing the authority of the department of education to take over the sponsorship of the school in accordance with the provisions of division (C) of section 3314.015 of the Revised Code;
(21) A provision recognizing the sponsor's authority to assume the operation of a school under the conditions specified in division (B) of section 3314.073 of the Revised Code;
(22) A provision recognizing the authority of the department of education as the community school oversight body to suspend the operation of the school under section 3314.072 of the Revised Code if the department has evidence of conditions or violations of law at the school that pose an imminent danger to the health and safety of the school's students and employees and the sponsor refuses to take such action;
(23) A description of the learning opportunities that will be offered to students including both classroom-based and non-classroom-based learning opportunities that is in compliance with criteria for student participation established by the department under division (L)(2) of section 3314.08 of the Revised Code.
(B) The community school shall also submit to the sponsor a comprehensive plan for the school. The plan shall specify the following:
(1) The process by which the governing authority of the school will be selected in the future;
(2) The management and administration of the school;
(3) If the community school is a currently existing public school, alternative arrangements for current public school students who choose not to attend the school and teachers who choose not to teach in the school after conversion;
(4) The instructional program and educational philosophy of the school;
(5) Internal financial controls.
(C) A contract entered into under section 3314.02 of the Revised Code between a sponsor and the governing authority of a community school may provide for the community school governing authority to make payments to the sponsor, which is hereby authorized to receive such payments as set forth in the contract between the governing authority and the sponsor. The total amount of such payments for oversight and monitoring of the school shall not exceed three per cent of the total amount of payments for operating expenses that school receives from the state.
(D) The contract shall specify the duties of the sponsor which shall be in accordance with the written agreement entered into with the department of education under division (B) of section 3314.015 of the Revised Code and shall include the following:
(1) Monitor the community school's compliance with all laws applicable to the school and with the terms of the contract;
(2) Monitor and evaluate the academic and fiscal performance and the organization and operation of the community school on at least an annual basis;
(3) Report on an annual basis the results of the evaluation conducted under division (D)(2) of this section to the department of education and to the parents of students enrolled in the community school;
(4) Provide technical assistance to the community school in complying with laws applicable to the school and terms of the contract;
(5) Take steps to intervene in the school's operation to correct problems in the school's overall performance, declare the school to be on probationary status pursuant to section 3314.073 of the Revised Code, suspend the operation of the school pursuant to section 3314.072 of the Revised Code, or terminate the contract of the school pursuant to section 3314.07 of the Revised Code as determined necessary by the sponsor;
(6) Have in place a plan of action to be undertaken in the event the community school experiences financial difficulties or closes prior to the end of a school year.
(E) At any time during the course of the term of a contract entered into under this section, the sponsor of a community school may, with the approval of the governing authority of the school, extend the duration of the term of that contract to a period of time determined by the sponsor, but not ending earlier than the end of any school year if the sponsor finds that the school's compliance with applicable laws and terms of the contract and the school's progress in meeting the academic goals prescribed in the contract are satisfactory. Any contract that is extended under this division remains subject to the provisions of sections 3314.07, 3314.072, and 3314.073 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3314.041.  The governing authority of each community school and any operator of such school shall place in a conspicuous manner in all documents that are distributed to parents of students of the school or to the general public the following statement:
"The .............. (here fill in name of the school) school is a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code. The school is a public school and students enrolled in and attending the school are required to take proficiency tests and other examinations prescribed by law. In addition, there may be other requirements for students at the school that are prescribed by law. Students who have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home education as defined by the Administrative Code shall no longer be excused for that purpose upon their enrollment in a community school. For more information about this matter contact the school administration or the Ohio Department of Education."
Sec. 3314.06.  The governing authority of each community school established under this chapter shall adopt admission procedures that specify the following:
(A) That except as otherwise provided in this section, admission to the school shall be open to any individual age five to twenty-two entitled to attend school pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code in a school district in the state.
(B)(1) That admission to the school may be limited to students who have attained a specific grade level or are within a specific age group; to students that meet a definition of "at-risk," as defined in the contract; or to residents of a specific geographic area within the district, as defined in the contract.
(2) For purposes of division (B)(1) of this section, "at-risk" students may include those students identified as gifted students under section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.
(C) Whether enrollment is limited to students who reside in the district in which the school is located or is open to residents of other districts, as provided in the policy adopted pursuant to the contract.
(D)(1) That there will be no discrimination in the admission of students to the school on the basis of race, creed, color, handicapping condition, or sex; and that, except that the governing authority may establish single-gender schools for the purpose described in division (G) of this section provided comparable facilities and learning opportunities are offered for both boys and girls. Such comparable facilities and opportunities may be offered for each sex at separate locations.
(2) That upon admission of any handicapped student, the community school will comply with all federal and state laws regarding the education of handicapped students.
(E) That the school may not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic ability, except that a school may limit its enrollment to students as described in division (B)(2) of this section.
(F) That the community school will admit the number of students that does not exceed the capacity of the school's programs, classes, grade levels, or facilities.
(G) That the purpose of single-gender schools that are established shall be to take advantage of the academic benefits some students realize from single-gender instruction and facilities and to offer students and parents residing in the district the option of a single-gender education.
(H) That, except as otherwise provided under division (B) of this section, if the number of applicants exceeds the capacity restrictions of division (F) of this section, students shall be admitted by lot from all those submitting applications, except preference shall be given to students attending the school the previous year and to students who reside in the district in which the school is located. Preference may be given to siblings of students attending the school the previous year.
Notwithstanding divisions (A) through (G)(H) of this section, in the event the racial composition of the enrollment of the community school is violative of a federal desegregation order, the community school shall take any and all corrective measures to comply with the desegregation order.
Sec. 3314.07.  (A) The expiration of the contract for a community school between a sponsor and a school shall be the date provided in the contract. A successor contract may be entered into unless the contract is terminated or not renewed pursuant to this section.
(B)(1) A sponsor may choose not to renew a contract at its expiration or may choose to terminate a contract prior to its expiration for any of the following reasons:
(a) Failure to meet student performance requirements stated in the contract;
(b) Failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management;
(c) Violation of any provision of the contract or applicable state or federal law;
(d) Other good cause.
(2) A sponsor may choose to terminate a contract prior to its expiration if the sponsor has suspended the operation of the contract under section 3314.072 of the Revised Code termination of a contract under this section shall be effective only at the conclusion of a school year.
(3) At least ninety days prior to the termination or nonrenewal of a contract, the sponsor shall notify the school of the proposed action in writing. The notice shall include the reasons for the proposed action in detail, the effective date of the termination or nonrenewal, and a statement that the school may, within fourteen days of receiving the notice, request an informal hearing before the sponsor. Such request must be in writing. The informal hearing shall be held within seventy days of the receipt of a request for the hearing. Promptly following the informal hearing, the sponsor shall issue a written decision either affirming or rescinding the decision to terminate or not renew the contract.
(4) A decision by the sponsor to terminate a contract may be appealed to the state board of education. The decision by the state board pertaining to an appeal under this division is final. If the sponsor is the state board, its decision to terminate a contract under division (B)(4)(3) of this section shall be final.
(5) The termination of a contract under this section shall be effective upon the occurrence of the later of the following events:
(a) Ninety days following the date the sponsor notifies the school of its decision to terminate the contract as prescribed in division (B)(3) of this section;
(b) If an informal hearing is requested under division (B)(3) of this section and as a result of that hearing the sponsor affirms its decision to terminate the contract, the effective date of the termination specified in the notice issued under division (B)(3) of this section, or if that decision is appealed to the state board under division (B)(4) of this section and the state board affirms that decision, the date established in the resolution of the state board affirming the sponsor's decision.
(C) A child attending a community school whose contract has been terminated, nonrenewed, or suspended or that closes for any reason shall be admitted to the schools of the district in which the child is entitled to attend under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code. Any deadlines established for the purpose of admitting students under section 3313.97 or 3313.98 shall be waived for students to whom this division pertains.
(D) A sponsor of a community school and the officers, directors, or employees of such a sponsor are not liable in damages in a tort or other civil action for harm allegedly arising from either of the following:
(1) A failure of the community school or any of its officers, directors, or employees to perform any statutory or common law duty or responsibility or any other legal obligation;
(2) An action or omission of the community school or any of its officers, directors, or employees that results in harm.
(E) As used in this section:
(1) "Harm" means injury, death, or loss to person or property.
(2) "Tort action" means a civil action for damages for injury, death, or loss to person or property other than a civil action for damages for a breach of contract or another agreement between persons.
Sec. 3314.072. The provisions of this section are enacted to promote the public health, safety, and welfare by establishing procedures under which the governing authorities of community schools established under this chapter will be held accountable for their compliance with the terms of the contracts they enter into with their school's sponsors and the law relating to the school's operation. Suspension of the operation of a school imposed under this section is intended to encourage the governing authority's compliance with the terms of the school's contract and the law and is not intended to be an alteration of the terms of that contract.
(A) If a sponsor of a community school established under this chapter suspends the operation of that school pursuant to procedures set forth in this section, the governing authority shall not operate that school while the suspension is in effect. Any such suspension shall remain in effect until the sponsor notifies the governing authority that it is no longer in effect. The contract of a school of which operation is suspended under this section also may be subject to termination or nonrenewal under section 3314.07 of the Revised Code.
(B) If at any time the sponsor of a community school established under this chapter determines that conditions at the school do not comply with a health and safety standard established by law for school buildings, the sponsor shall immediately suspend the operation of the school pursuant to procedures set forth in division (D) of this section. If the sponsor fails to take action to suspend the operation of a school to which this division applies, the department of education may take such action.
(C)(1) For any of the reasons prescribed in division (B)(1)(a) to (d) of section 3314.07 of the Revised Code, the sponsor of a community school established under this chapter may suspend the operation of the school only if it first issues to the governing authority notice of the sponsor's intent to suspend the operation of the contract. Such notice shall explain the reasons for the sponsor's intent to suspend operation of the contract and shall provide the school's governing authority with five business days to submit to the sponsor a proposal to remedy the conditions cited as reasons for the suspension.
(2) The sponsor shall promptly review any proposed remedy timely submitted by the governing authority and either approve or disapprove the remedy. If the sponsor disapproves the remedy proposed by the governing authority, if the governing authority fails to submit a proposed remedy in the manner prescribed by the sponsor, or if the governing authority fails to implement the remedy as approved by the sponsor, the sponsor may suspend operation of the school pursuant to procedures set forth in division (D) of this section.
(D)(1) If division (B) of this section applies or if the sponsor of a community school established under this chapter decides to suspend the operation of a school as permitted in division (C)(2) of this section, the sponsor shall promptly send written notice to the governing authority stating that the operation of the school is immediately suspended, and explaining the specific reasons for the suspension. The notice shall state that the governing authority has five business days to submit a proposed remedy to the conditions cited as reasons for the suspension or face potential contract termination.
(2) Upon receipt of the notice of suspension prescribed under division (D)(1) of this section, the governing authority shall immediately notify the employees of the school and the parents of the students enrolled in the school of the suspension and the reasons therefore, and shall cease all school operations on the next business day.
Sec. 3314.073.  (A) In lieu of termination of a contract or suspension of the operation of a school as provided for in section 3314.07 and 3314.072 of the Revised Code, respectively, after consultation with the governing authority of a community school under its sponsorship, if a sponsor finds that any of the conditions prescribed in division (B)(1) of section 3314.07 of the Revised Code apply to the school, the sponsor may declare in written notice to the governing authority that the school is in a probationary status which shall not extend beyond the end of the current school year. The notice shall specify the conditions that warrant probationary status. The sponsor may declare a school to be in such status only if it has received from the governing authority reasonable assurances to the satisfaction of the sponsor that the governing authority can and will take actions necessary to remedy the conditions that have warranted such probationary status as specified by the sponsor.
(B) The sponsor shall monitor the actions taken by the governing authority to remedy the conditions that have warranted probationary status as specified by the sponsor and may take over the operation of the school as provided in the contract or may take steps to terminate the contract with the governing authority or to suspend operation of the school if the sponsor at any time finds that the governing authority is no longer able or willing to remedy those conditions to the satisfaction of the sponsor.
Sec. 3314.074. If any community school established under this chapter permanently closes and ceases its operation as a community school, the assets of that school shall be distributed first to private creditors, employees of the school, and the retirement funds of employees of the school who are owed compensation and then any remaining funds shall be paid to the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund.
Sec. 3314.08.  (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Base formula amount" means the amount specified as such in a community school's financial plan for a school year pursuant to division (A)(15) of section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Cost-of-doing-business factor" has the same meaning as in section 3317.02 of the Revised Code.
(3) "IEP" means an individualized education program as defined in section 3323.01 of the Revised Code.
(4) "Applicable special education weight" means the multiple specified in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code for a handicap described in that section.
(5) "Applicable vocational education weight" means:
(a) For a student enrolled in vocational education programs or classes described in division (A) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code, the multiple specified in that division;
(b) For a student enrolled in vocational education programs or classes described in division (B) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code, the multiple specified in that division.
(6) "Entitled to attend school" means entitled to attend school in a district under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code.
(7) A community school student is "included in the DPIA student count" of a school district if the student is entitled to attend school in the district and:
(a) For school years prior to fiscal year 2004, the student's family receives assistance under the Ohio works first program.
(b) For school years in and after fiscal year 2004, the student's family income does not exceed the federal poverty guidelines, as defined in section 5101.46 of the Revised Code, and the student's family receives family assistance, as defined in section 3317.029 of the Revised Code.
(8) "DPIA reduction factor" means the percentage figure, if any, for reducing the per pupil amount of disadvantaged pupil impact aid a community school is entitled to receive pursuant to divisions (D)(5) and (6) of this section in any year, as specified in the school's financial plan for the year pursuant to division (A)(15) of section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
(9) "All-day kindergarten" has the same meaning as in section 3317.029 of the Revised Code.
(B) The state board of education shall adopt rules requiring both of the following:
(1) The board of education of each city, exempted village, and local school district to annually report the number of students entitled to attend school in the district who are enrolled in grades one through twelve in a community school established under this chapter, the number of students entitled to attend school in the district who are enrolled in kindergarten in a community school, the number of those kindergartners who are enrolled in all-day kindergarten in their community school, and for each child, the community school in which the child is enrolled.
(2) The governing authority of each community school established under this chapter to annually report all of the following:
(a) The number of students enrolled in grades one through twelve and the number of students enrolled in kindergarten in the school who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP;
(b) The number of enrolled students in grades one through twelve and the number of enrolled students in kindergarten, who are receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP;
(c) The number of students reported under division (B)(2)(b) of this section receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in each of divisions (A) to (F) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(d) The full-time equivalent number of students reported under divisions (B)(2)(a) and (b) of this section who are enrolled in vocational education programs or classes described in each of divisions (A) and (B) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code that are provided by the community school;
(e) The number of enrolled preschool handicapped students receiving special education services in a state-funded unit;
(f) The community school's base formula amount;
(g) For each student, the city, exempted village, or local school district in which the student is entitled to attend school;
(h) Any DPIA reduction factor that applies to a school year.
(C) From the payments made to a city, exempted village, or local school district under Chapter 3317. of the Revised Code and, if necessary, sections 321.14 and 323.156 of the Revised Code, the department of education shall annually subtract all of the following:
(1) An amount equal to the sum of the amounts obtained when, for each community school where the district's students are enrolled, the number of the district's students reported under divisions (B)(2)(a) and (b) of this section who are enrolled in grades one through twelve, and one-half the number of students reported under those divisions who are enrolled in kindergarten, in that community school is multiplied by the base formula amount of that community school as adjusted by the school district's cost-of-doing-business factor.
(2) The sum of the amounts calculated under divisions (C)(2)(a) and (b) of this section:
(a) For each of the district's students reported under division (B)(2)(c) of this section as enrolled in a community school in grades one through twelve and receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code, the product of the applicable special education weight times the community school's base formula amount;
(b) For each of the district's students reported under division (B)(2)(c) of this section as enrolled in kindergarten in a community school and receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code, one-half of the amount calculated as prescribed in division (C)(2)(a) of this section.
(3) For each of the district's students reported under division (B)(2)(d) of this section for whom payment is made under division (D)(4) of this section, the amount of that payment;
(4) An amount equal to the sum of the amounts obtained when, for each community school where the district's students are enrolled, the number of the district's students enrolled in that community school who are included in the district's DPIA student count is multiplied by the per pupil amount of disadvantaged pupil impact aid the school district receives that year pursuant to division (B) or (C) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code, as adjusted by any DPIA reduction factor of that community school. If the district receives disadvantaged pupil impact aid under division (B) of that section, the per pupil amount of that aid is the quotient of the amount the district received under that division divided by the district's DPIA student count, as defined in that section. If the district receives disadvantaged pupil impact aid under division (C) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code, the per pupil amount of that aid is the per pupil dollar amount prescribed for the district in division (C)(1) or (2) of that section.
(5) An amount equal to the sum of the amounts obtained when, for each community school where the district's students are enrolled, the district's per pupil amount of aid received under division (E) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code, as adjusted by any DPIA reduction factor of the community school, is multiplied by the sum of the following:
(a) The number of the district's students reported under division (B)(2)(a) of this section who are enrolled in grades one to three in that community school and who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP;
(b) One-half of the district's students who are enrolled in all-day or any other kindergarten class in that community school and who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP;
(c) One-half of the district's students who are enrolled in all-day kindergarten in that community school and who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP.
The district's per pupil amount of aid under division (E) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code is the quotient of the amount the district received under that division divided by the district's kindergarten through third grade ADM, as defined in that section.
(D) The department shall annually pay to a community school established under this chapter all of the following:
(1) An amount equal to the sum of the amounts obtained when the number of students enrolled in grades one through twelve, plus one-half of the kindergarten students in the school, reported under divisions (B)(2)(a) and (b) of this section who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code is multiplied by the community school's base formula amount, as adjusted by the cost-of-doing-business factor of the school district in which the student is entitled to attend school;
(2) The greater of the following:
(a) The aggregate amount that the department paid to the community school in fiscal year 1999 for students receiving special education and related services pursuant to IEPs, excluding federal funds and state disadvantaged pupil impact aid funds;
(b) The sum of the amounts calculated under divisions (D)(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of this section:
(i) For each student reported under division (B)(2)(c) of this section as enrolled in the school in grades one through twelve and receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code, the following amount:
(the community school's base formula amount
X the cost-of-doing-business factor
of the district where the student
is entitled to attend school) +
(the applicable special education weight X
the community school's base formula amount);
(ii) For each student reported under division (B)(2)(c) of this section as enrolled in kindergarten and receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code, one-half of the amount calculated under the formula prescribed in division (D)(2)(b)(i) of this section.
(3) An amount received from federal funds to provide special education and related services to students in the community school, as determined by the superintendent of public instruction.
(4) For each student reported under division (B)(2)(d) of this section as enrolled in vocational education programs or classes that are described in section 3317.014 of the Revised Code, are provided by the community school, and are comparable as determined by the superintendent of public instruction to school district vocational education programs and classes eligible for state weighted funding under section 3317.014 of the Revised Code, an amount equal to the applicable vocational education weight times the community school's base formula amount times the percentage of time the student spends in the vocational education programs or classes.
(5) An amount equal to the sum of the amounts obtained when, for each school district where the community school's students are entitled to attend school, the number of that district's students enrolled in the community school who are included in the district's DPIA student count is multiplied by the per pupil amount of disadvantaged pupil impact aid that school district receives that year pursuant to division (B) or (C) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code, as adjusted by any DPIA reduction factor of the community school. The per pupil amount of aid shall be determined as described in division (C)(4) of this section.
(6) An amount equal to the sum of the amounts obtained when, for each school district where the community school's students are entitled to attend school, the district's per pupil amount of aid received under division (E) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code, as adjusted by any DPIA reduction factor of the community school, is multiplied by the sum of the following:
(a) The number of the district's students reported under division (B)(2)(a) of this section who are enrolled in grades one to three in that community school and who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP;
(b) One-half of the district's students who are enrolled in all-day or any other kindergarten class in that community school and who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP;
(c) One-half of the district's students who are enrolled in all-day kindergarten in that community school and who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP.
The district's per pupil amount of aid under division (E) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code shall be determined as described in division (C)(5) of this section.
(E)(1) If a community school's costs for a fiscal year for a student receiving special education and related services pursuant to an IEP for a handicap described in divisions (B) to (F) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code exceed the threshold catastrophic cost for serving the student as specified in division (C)(3)(b) of section 3317.022 of the Revised Code, the school may submit to the superintendent of public instruction documentation, as prescribed by the superintendent, of all its costs for that student. Upon submission of documentation for a student of the type and in the manner prescribed, the department shall pay to the community school an amount equal to the school's costs for the student in excess of the threshold catastrophic costs.
(2) The community school shall only report under division (E)(1) of this section, and the department shall only pay for, the costs of educational expenses and the related services provided to the student in accordance with the student's individualized education program. Any legal fees, court costs, or other costs associated with any cause of action relating to the student may not be included in the amount.
(F) A community school may apply to the department of education for preschool handicapped or gifted unit funding the school would receive if it were a school district. Upon request of its governing authority, a community school that received unit funding as a school district-operated school before it became a community school shall retain any units awarded to it as a school district-operated school provided the school continues to meet eligibility standards for the unit.
A community school shall be considered a school district and its governing authority shall be considered a board of education for the purpose of applying to any state or federal agency for grants that a school district may receive under federal or state law or any appropriations act of the general assembly. The governing authority of a community school may apply to any private entity for additional funds.
(G) A board of education sponsoring a community school may utilize local funds to make enhancement grants to the school or may agree, either as part of the contract or separately, to provide any specific services to the community school at no cost to the school.
(H) A community school may not levy taxes or issue bonds secured by tax revenues.
(I) No community school shall charge tuition for the enrollment of any student.
(J)(1) A community school may borrow money to pay any necessary and actual expenses of the school in anticipation of the receipt of any portion of the payments to be received by the school pursuant to division (D) of this section. The school may issue notes to evidence such borrowing to mature no later than the end of the fiscal year in which such money was borrowed. The proceeds of the notes shall be used only for the purposes for which the anticipated receipts may be lawfully expended by the school.
(2) A school may also borrow money for a term not to exceed fifteen years for the purpose of acquiring facilities, as described in division (B) of section 3318.50 of the Revised Code.
(K) For purposes of determining the number of students for which divisions (D)(5) and (6) of this section applies in any school year, a community school may submit to the department of job and family services, no later than the first day of March, a list of the students enrolled in the school. For each student on the list, the community school shall indicate the student's name, address, and date of birth and the school district where the student is entitled to attend school. Upon receipt of a list under this division, the department of job and family services shall determine, for each school district where one or more students on the list is entitled to attend school, the number of students residing in that school district who were included in the department's report under section 3317.10 of the Revised Code. The department shall make this determination on the basis of information readily available to it. Upon making this determination and no later than ninety days after submission of the list by the community school, the department shall report to the state department of education the number of students on the list who reside in each school district who were included in the department's report under section 3317.10 of the Revised Code. In complying with this division, the department of job and family services shall not report to the state department of education any personally identifiable information on any student.
(L) The department of education shall adjust the amounts subtracted and paid under divisions (C) and (D) of this section to reflect any enrollment of students in community schools for less than the equivalent of a full school year. The state board of education within ninety days after the effective date of this amendment shall adopt in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code rules governing the payments to community schools under this section including initial payments in a school year and adjustments and reductions made in subsequent periodic payments to community schools and corresponding deductions from school district accounts as provided under divisions (C) and (D) of this section. For purposes of this section, a:
(1) A student shall be considered enrolled in the community school for any portion of the school year the student is participating at a college under Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code.
(2) A student shall be considered to be enrolled in a community school during a school year for the period of time between the date on which the school both has received documentation of the student's enrollment from a parent and has commenced participation in learning opportunities as defined in the contract with the sponsor. For purposes of applying this division to a community school student, "learning opportunities" shall be defined in the contract, which shall describe both classroom-based and non-classroom-based learning opportunities and shall be in compliance with criteria and documentation requirements for student participation which shall be established by the department. Any student's instruction time in non-classroom-based learning opportunities shall be certified by an employee of the community school. A student's enrollment shall be considered to cease on the date on which any of the following occur:
(a) The community school receives documentation from a parent terminating enrollment of the student;
(b) The community school is provided documentation of a student's enrollment in another public or private school;
(c) The community school ceases to offer learning opportunities to the student pursuant to the terms of the contract with the sponsor or the operation of any provision of this chapter.
(3) A student's percentage of full-time equivalency shall be considered to be the percentage the hours of learning opportunity offered to that student is of nine hundred and twenty hours.
(M) The department of education shall reduce the amounts paid under division (D) of this section to reflect payments made to colleges under division (B) of section 3365.07 of the Revised Code.
(N) Beginning with the school year that starts on July 1, 2001, in accordance with policies adopted jointly by the superintendent of public instruction, and the auditor of state, the department shall reduce the amounts otherwise payable under division (D) of this section to any internet or computer-based community school that includes in its program the provision of computer hardware and software materials to each student, if such hardware and software materials have not been delivered, installed, and activated for all students in a timely manner or other educational materials or services have not been provided according to the contract between the individual community school and its sponsor.
The superintendent of public instruction, and the auditor of state, shall jointly establish a method for auditing any community school to which this division pertains to ensure compliance with this section.
The superintendent, auditor of state, and the governor shall jointly make recommendations to the general assembly for legislative changes that may be required to assure fiscal and academic accountability for such internet or computer-based schools.
(O)(1) If the department determines that a review of a community school’s enrollment is necessary, such review shall be completed and written notice of the findings shall be provided to the governing authority of the community school and its sponsor within ninety days of the end of the community school’s fiscal year, unless extended for a period not to exceed thirty additional days for one of the following reasons:
(a) The department and the community school mutually agree to the extension.
(b) Delays in data submission caused by either a community school or its sponsor.
(2) If the review results in a finding that additional funding is owed to the school, such payment shall be made within thirty days of the written notice. If the review results in a finding that the community school owes moneys to the state, the following procedure shall apply:
(a) Within ten business days of the receipt of the notice of findings, the community school may appeal the department’s determination to the state board of education or its designee.
(b) The board or its designee shall conduct an informal hearing on the matter within thirty days of receipt of such an appeal and shall issue a decision within fifteen days of the conclusion of the hearing.
(c) If the board has enlisted a designee to conduct the hearing, the designee shall certify its decision to the board. The board may accept the decision of the designee or may reject the decision of the designee and issue its own decision on the matter.
(d) Any decision made by the board under this division is final.
(3) If it is decided that the community school owes moneys to the state, the department shall deduct such amount from the school's future payments in accordance with guidelines issued by the superintendent of public instruction.
Sec. 3314.081. To the extent permitted by federal law, the department of education shall include community schools established under this chapter in its annual allocation of federal moneys under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 6301, et seq.
Sec. 3314.09.  (A) As used in this section and section 3314.091 of the Revised Code, "native student" means a student entitled to attend school in the school district under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code.
(B) Except as provided in section 3314.091 of the Revised Code, the board of education of each city, local, and exempted village school district shall provide transportation to and from school for its district's native students enrolled in a community school located in that district or another district on the same basis that it provides transportation for its native students enrolled in schools to which they are assigned by the board of education at the same grade level and who live the same distance from school except when, in the judgment of the board, confirmed by the state board of education, the transportation is unnecessary or unreasonable. A board shall not be required to transport nonhandicapped students to and from a community school located in another school district if the transportation would require more than thirty minutes of direct travel time as measured by school bus from the collection point designated by the district's coordinator of school transportation in accordance with section 3327.01 of the Revised Code.
(C) Where it is impractical to transport a pupil to and from a community school by school conveyance, a board may, in lieu of providing the transportation, pay a parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the child. The amount paid per pupil shall in no event exceed the average transportation cost per pupil, which shall be based on the cost of transportation of children by all boards of education in this state during the next preceding year.
Sec. 3314.091.  (A) A school district is not required to provide transportation for any native student enrolled in a community school if the district board of education has entered into an agreement with the community school's governing authority that designates the community school as responsible for providing or arranging for the transportation of the district's native students to and from the community school. For any such agreement to be effective, it must be certified by the superintendent of public instruction as having met both all of the following requirements:
(1) It is submitted to the department of education by a deadline which shall be established by the department.
(2) It specifies qualifications, such as residing a minimum distance from the school, for students to have their transportation provided or arranged.
(3) The transportation provided by the community school is subject to all provisions of the Revised Code and all rules adopted under the Revised Code pertaining to pupil transportation.
(4) The sponsor of the community school also has signed the agreement.
(B)(1) A community school governing board authority that enters into an agreement to provide transportation under this section shall provide or arrange transportation free of any charge for each of its enrolled students in grades kindergarten through eight who live more than two miles from the school, except that the governing board may make a payment in lieu of providing transportation to the parent, guardian, or person in charge of the student at the same rate as specified for a school district board in division (C) of section 3314.09 of the Revised Code if the drive time measured by the vehicle specified by the school for transporting the students from the student's residence to the school is more than thirty minutes eligible for transportation as specified in section 3327.01 of the Revised Code. The
The governing board authority may provide or arrange transportation for any other enrolled student who is not eligible for transportation and may charge a fee for such service up to the actual cost of the service. The governing board may request the payment specified under division (C) of this section for any student it transports, for whom it arranges transportation, or for whom it makes a payment in lieu of providing transportation if the student lives more than one mile from the community school or is disabled and the individual education program requires transportation.
(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in division (B)(1) of this section, a community school governing board authority shall provide or arrange transportation free of any charge for any disabled student enrolled in the school for whom the student's individualized education program developed under Chapter 3323. of the Revised Code specifies transportation.
(C)(1) If a school district board and a community school governing authority elect to enter into an agreement under this section, the department of education annually shall pay the community school the amount specified in division (C)(2) of this section for each of the enrolled students for whom the school's governing authority provides or arranges transportation to and from school. The department shall deduct the payment from the state payment under Chapter 3317. and, if necessary, sections 321.14 and 323.156 of the Revised Code that is otherwise paid to the school district in which the student enrolled in the community school resides. The department shall include the number of the district's native students for whom payment is made to a community school under this division in the calculation of the district's transportation payment under division (D) of section 3317.022 of the Revised Code.
A community school shall be paid under this division only for students who live more than one mile from the school are eligible as specified in section 3327.01 of the Revised Code or who are disabled and whose individualized education program requires transportation and whose transportation to and from school is actually provided or arranged or for whom a payment in lieu of transportation is made by the community school's governing authority. To qualify for the payments, the community school shall report to the department, in the form and manner required by the department, data on the number of students transported or whose transportation is arranged, the number of miles traveled, cost to transport, and any other information requested by the department.
A community school shall use payments received under this division solely to pay the costs of providing or arranging for the transportation of students who live more than one mile from the school are eligible as specified in section 3327.01 of the Revised Code or who are disabled and whose individualized education program requires transportation, which may include payments to a parent, guardian, or other person in charge of a child in lieu of transportation.
(2) The payment to a community school governing authority under this section for each student who lives more than one mile from the school or who is disabled and whose individualized education program requires transportation and for whom the school actually provides or arranges transportation or makes a payment in lieu of providing transportation, eligible students shall be made according to the following schedule:
(a) In fiscal year 2002, four-hundred fifty dollars per student;
(b) In fiscal year 2003 and every fiscal year thereafter, the amount specified in division (C)(2)(a) of this section multiplied by the negative or positive percentage of change reported in the consumer price index (all urban consumers, transportation) by the bureau of labor statistics of the United States department of labor from the beginning of the calendar year that ended just prior to the beginning of the fiscal year to the end of that calendar year terms of the agreement entered into under this section.
(D) Except when arranged through payment to a parent, guardian, or person in charge of a child, transportation provided or arranged for by a community school pursuant to an agreement under this section is subject to all provisions of the Revised Code, and all rules adopted under the Revised Code, pertaining to the construction, design, equipment, and operation of school buses and other vehicles transporting students to and from school. The drivers and mechanics of the vehicles are subject to all provisions of the Revised Code, and all rules adopted under the Revised Code, pertaining to drivers and mechanics of such vehicles. The community school also shall comply with sections 3313.201, 3327.09, and 3327.10 and division (B) of section 3327.16 of the Revised Code as if it were a school district. For purposes of complying with section 3327.10 of the Revised Code, the educational service center that serves the county in which the community school is located shall be the certifying agency, unless the agreement designates the school district as the certifying agency.
Sec. 3314.11.  The department of education shall establish the state office of school options community schools to provide advice and services for the community schools program, established pursuant to Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, and the pilot project scholarship program, established pursuant to sections 3313.974 to 3313.979 of the Revised Code. The office shall provide services that facilitate the management of the community schools program and the pilot project scholarship program, including providing technical assistance and information to persons or groups considering proposing a community school, to governing authorities of community schools, and to public entities sponsoring or considering sponsoring a community school.
Sec. 3314.111. The department of education shall establish the state office of school options to provide advice and services for the pilot project scholarship program, established pursuant to sections 3313.974 to 3313.979 of the Revised Code that facilitate the management of that program.
Sec. 3314.13.  (A) As used in this section:
(1) "All-day kindergarten" has the same meaning as in section 3317.029 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Formula amount" has the same meaning as in section 3317.02 of the Revised Code.
(B) The department of education annually shall pay each community school established under this chapter one-half of the formula amount for each student to whom both of the following apply:
(1) The student is entitled to attend school under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code in a school district that is eligible to receive a payment under division (D) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code if it provides all-day kindergarten;
(2) The student is reported by the community school under division (B)(3) of section 3314.08 of the Revised Code as enrolled in all-day kindergarten at the community school.
(C) If a student for whom payment is made under division (B) of this section is entitled to attend school in a district that receives any payment for all-day kindergarten under division (D) of section 3317.029 of the Revised Code, the department shall deduct the payment to the community school under this section from the amount paid that school district under that division. If that school district does not receive payment for all-day kindergarten under that division because it does not provide all-day kindergarten, the department shall pay the community school from state funds appropriated generally for disadvantaged pupil impact aid.
(D) The department shall adjust the amounts deducted from school districts and paid to community schools under this section to reflect any enrollments of students in all-day kindergarten in community schools for less than the equivalent of a full school year.
Sec. 3314.011 3314.16 Every community school established under this chapter shall have a designated fiscal officer. The auditor of state may require by rule that the fiscal officer of any community school, before entering upon duties as fiscal officer of the school, execute a bond in an amount and with surety to be approved by the governing authority of the school, payable to the state, conditioned for the faithful performance of all the official duties required of the fiscal officer. Any such bond shall be deposited with the governing authority of the school, and a copy thereof, certified by the governing authority, shall be filed with the county auditor.
The fiscal officer designated under this section shall be licensed under section 3301.074 of the Revised Code or shall complete not less than sixteen hours of continuing education classes, courses, or workshops in the area of school accounting as approved by the sponsor of the community school.
Sec. 3314.17. (A) Each community school established under this chapter shall participate in the statewide education management information system established under section 3301.0714 of the Revised Code. All provisions of that section and the rules adopted under that section apply to each community school as if it were a school district, except as modified for community schools under division (B) of this section.
(B) The rules adopted by the state board of education under section 3301.0714 of the Revised Code may distinguish methods and timelines for community schools to annually report data, which methods and timelines differ from those prescribed for school districts. Any methods and timelines prescribed for community schools shall be appropriate to the academic schedule and financing of community schools. The guidelines, however, shall not modify the actual data required to be reported under that section.
(C) Each financial officer appointed under section 3314.16 of the Revised Code is responsible for annually reporting the community school's data under section 3301.0714 of the Revised Code. If the superintendent of public instruction determines that a community school financial officer has willfully failed to report data or has willfully reported erroneous, inaccurate, or incomplete data in any year, or has negligently reported erroneous, inaccurate, or incomplete data in the current and any previous year, the superintendent may impose a civil penalty of one hundred dollars on the financial officer after providing the officer with notice and an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The superintendent's authority to impose civil penalties under this division does not preclude the state board of education from suspending or revoking the license of a community school employee under division (N) of section 3301.0714 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3314.30. (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Start-up community school" means a "new start-up school" as that term is defined in division (A) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) A "school's contract" means the contract entered into between the governing authority and the sponsor of a community school under section 3314.03 of the Revised Code.
(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the community school revolving loan fund. The fund shall consist of federal moneys allocated to the state for development and operation of community schools and other moneys appropriated or transferred by the general assembly for such purpose.
(C) The department of education may make a loan from the fund created in division (B) of this section to the governing authority or the sponsor of any start-up community school upon approval of the loan by the superintendent of public instruction. Moneys loaned from the fund shall be used only to pay the costs associated with any provision of the school's contract. A start-up community school may receive more than one loan from the fund; however, no school shall receive a cumulative loan amount throughout the term of the school's contract that is greater than two hundred fifty thousand dollars.
(D) The superintendent of public instruction may consider all of the following when determining whether to approve a loan from the fund created in division (A) of this section:
(1) Soundness of the school's business plan;
(2) Availability of other sources of funding for the school;
(3) Geographic distribution of other such loans;
(4) Impact of receipt of the loan on a school's ability to secure other public and private funding;
(5) Plans for the creative use of the loan amounts to create further financing, such as loan guarantees or other types of credit enhancements;
(6) Financial needs of the community school.
(E) The superintendent of public instruction shall give priority for loans under this section to newly established community schools to pay start-up costs.
(F) The rate of interest charged on any loan under this section shall be the rate that would be applicable to the same money if invested in the Ohio subdivision's fund created in section 135.45 of the Revised Code as of the date the loan is disbursed to the community school.
(G) Commencing in the first fiscal year that next succeeds the fiscal year that a community school receives a loan under this section, the department shall deduct from the periodic payments made to the school under section 3314.08 of the Revised Code a prorated amount of the annual repayment amount due under the loan. The amount deducted from a school's periodic payments under this division that is attributed to the principal of the loan shall be deposited into the fund created in division (A) of this section. The amount deducted from a school's periodic payments under this division that is attributed to the interest on the loan shall be deposited into the fund created in section 3314.31 of the Revised Code. The repayment period for any loan made under this section shall not exceed five consecutive fiscal years.
(H) The office of budget and management and the department of education shall monitor the adequacy of moneys on hand in the fund created in division (A) of this section and shall report annually to the general assembly on any recommended appropriations, changes in the interest rate charged on loans under this section, or changes in default recovery procedures.
Sec. 3314.31. There is hereby created in the state treasury the community school security fund. The fund shall consist of moneys paid into the fund under division (G) of section 3314.30 of the Revised Code and any other moneys that the general assembly appropriates for the fund. Moneys in the fund shall be paid into the fund created in division (A) of section 3314.30 of the Revised Code in the case of default on a loan made under section 3314.30 of the Revised Code in an amount up to the amount of such default.
Sec. 3317.03.  Notwithstanding divisions (A)(1), (B)(1), and (C) of this section, any student enrolled in kindergarten more than half time shall be reported as one-half student under this section.
(A) The superintendent of each city and exempted village school district and of each educational service center shall, for the schools under the superintendent's supervision, certify to the state board of education on or before the fifteenth day of October in each year for the first full school week in October the formula ADM, which shall consist of the average daily membership during such week of the sum of the following:
(1) On an FTE basis, the number of students in grades kindergarten through twelve receiving any educational services from the district, except that the following categories of students shall not be included in the determination:
(a) Students enrolled in adult education classes;
(b) Adjacent or other district students enrolled in the district under an open enrollment policy pursuant to section 3313.98 of the Revised Code;
(c) Students receiving services in the district pursuant to a compact, cooperative education agreement, or a contract, but who are entitled to attend school in another district pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code;
(d) Students for whom tuition is payable pursuant to sections 3317.081 and 3323.141 of the Revised Code.
(2) On an FTE basis, the number of students entitled to attend school in the district pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code, but receiving educational services in grades kindergarten through twelve from one or more of the following entities:
(a) A community school pursuant to Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, including any participation in a college pursuant to Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code while enrolled in such community school;
(b) An alternative school pursuant to sections 3313.974 to 3313.979 of the Revised Code as described in division (I)(2)(a) or (b) of this section;
(c) A college pursuant to Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code, except when the student is enrolled in the college while also enrolled in a community school pursuant to Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code;
(d) An adjacent or other school district under an open enrollment policy adopted pursuant to section 3313.98 of the Revised Code;
(e) An educational service center or cooperative education district;
(f) Another school district under a cooperative education agreement, compact, or contract.
(3) One-fourth of the number of students enrolled in a joint vocational school district or under a vocational education compact, excluding any students entitled to attend school in the district under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code who are enrolled in another school district through an open enrollment policy as reported under division (A)(2)(d) of this section and then enroll in a joint vocational school district or under a vocational education compact;
(4) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, entitled to attend school in the district pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code who are placed with a county MR/DD board, minus the number of such children placed with a county MR/DD board in fiscal year 1998. If this calculation produces a negative number, the number reported under division (A)(4) of this section shall be zero.
(B) To enable the department of education to obtain the data needed to complete the calculation of payments pursuant to this chapter, in addition to the formula ADM, each superintendent shall report separately the following student counts:
(1) The total average daily membership in regular day classes included in the report under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section for kindergarten, and each of grades one through twelve in schools under the superintendent's supervision;
(2) The number of all handicapped preschool children enrolled as of the first day of December in classes in the district that are eligible for approval by the state board of education under division (B) of section 3317.05 of the Revised Code and the number of those classes, which shall be reported not later than the fifteenth day of December, in accordance with rules adopted under that section;
(3) The number of children entitled to attend school in the district pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code who are participating in a pilot project scholarship program established under sections 3313.974 to 3313.979 of the Revised Code as described in division (I)(2)(a) or (b) of this section, are enrolled in a college under Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code, except when the student is enrolled in the college while also enrolled in a community school pursuant to Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, are enrolled in an adjacent or other school district under section 3313.98 of the Revised Code, are enrolled in a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, including any participation in a college pursuant to Chapter 3365. of the Revised Code while enrolled in such community school, or are participating in a program operated by a county MR/DD board or a state institution;
(4) The number of pupils enrolled in joint vocational schools;
(5) The average daily membership of handicapped children reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section receiving special education services for the category one handicap described in division (A) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(6) The average daily membership of handicapped children reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section receiving special education services for category two handicaps described in division (B) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(7) The average daily membership of handicapped children reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section receiving special education services for category three handicaps described in division (C) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(8) The average daily membership of handicapped children reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section receiving special education services for category four handicaps described in division (D) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(9) The average daily membership of handicapped children reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section receiving special education services for the category five handicap described in division (E) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(10) The average daily membership of handicapped children reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section receiving special education services for category six handicaps described in division (F) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(11) The average daily membership of pupils reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section enrolled in category one vocational education programs or classes, described in division (A) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code, operated by the school district or by another district, other than a joint vocational school district, or by an educational service center;
(12) The average daily membership of pupils reported under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section enrolled in category two vocational education programs or services, described in division (B) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code, operated by the school district or another school district, other than a joint vocational school district, or by an educational service center;
(13) The average number of children transported by the school district on board-owned or contractor-owned and -operated buses, reported in accordance with rules adopted by the department of education;
(14)(a) The number of children, other than handicapped preschool children, the district placed with a county MR/DD board in fiscal year 1998;
(b) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, placed with a county MR/DD board in the current fiscal year to receive special education services for the category one handicap described in division (A) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(c) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, placed with a county MR/DD board in the current fiscal year to receive special education services for category two handicaps described in division (B) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(d) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, placed with a county MR/DD board in the current fiscal year to receive special education services for category three handicaps described in division (C) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(e) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, placed with a county MR/DD board in the current fiscal year to receive special education services for category four handicaps described in division (D) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(f) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, placed with a county MR/DD board in the current fiscal year to receive special education services for the category five handicap described in division (E) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(g) The number of handicapped children, other than handicapped preschool children, placed with a county MR/DD board in the current fiscal year to receive special education services for category six handicaps described in division (F) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code.
(C)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section for kindergarten students, the average daily membership in divisions (B)(1) to (12) of this section shall be based upon the number of full-time equivalent students. The state board of education shall adopt rules defining full-time equivalent students and for determining the average daily membership therefrom for the purposes of divisions (A), (B), and (D) of this section. No
(2) A student enrolled in a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code shall be counted in the formula ADM and, if applicable, the category one, two, three, four, five, or six special education ADM of the school district in which the student is entitled to attend school under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code for the same proportion of the school year that the student is counted in the enrollment of the community school for purposes of section 3314.08 of the Revised Code.
(3) No child shall be counted as more than a total of one child in the sum of the average daily memberships of a school district under division (A), divisions (B)(1) to (12), or division (D) of this section, except as follows:
(1)(a) A child with a handicap described in section 3317.013 of the Revised Code may be counted both in formula ADM and in category one, two, three, four, five, or six special education ADM and, if applicable, in category one or two vocational education ADM. As provided in division (C) of section 3317.02 of the Revised Code, such a child shall be counted in category one, two, three, four, five, or six special education ADM in the same proportion that the child is counted in formula ADM.
(2)(b) A child enrolled in vocational education programs or classes described in section 3314.014 of the Revised Code may be counted both in formula ADM and category one or two vocational education ADM and, if applicable, in category one, two, three, four, five, or six special education ADM. Such a child shall be counted in category one or two vocational education ADM in the same proportion as the percentage of time that the child spends in the vocational education programs or classes.
(4) Based on the information reported under this section, the department of education shall determine the total student count, as defined in section 3301.011 of the Revised Code, for each school district.
(D)(1) The superintendent of each joint vocational school district shall certify to the superintendent of public instruction on or before the fifteenth day of October in each year for the first full school week in October the formula ADM, which shall consist of the average daily membership during such week, on an FTE basis, of the number of students receiving any educational services from the district, except that the following categories of students shall not be included in the determination:
(a) Students enrolled in adult education classes;
(b) Adjacent or other district joint vocational students enrolled in the district under an open enrollment policy pursuant to section 3313.98 of the Revised Code;
(c) Students receiving services in the district pursuant to a compact, cooperative education agreement, or a contract, but who are entitled to attend school in a city, local, or exempted village school district whose territory is not part of the territory of the joint vocational district;
(d) Students for whom tuition is payable pursuant to sections 3317.081 and 3323.141 of the Revised Code.
(2) To enable the department of education to obtain the data needed to complete the calculation of payments pursuant to this chapter, in addition to the formula ADM, each superintendent shall report separately the average daily membership included in the report under division (D)(1) of this section for each of the following categories of students:
(a) Students enrolled in each grade included in the joint vocational district schools;
(b) Handicapped children receiving special education services for the category one handicap described in division (A) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(c) Handicapped children receiving special education services for the category two handicaps described in division (B) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(d) Handicapped children receiving special education services for category three handicaps described in division (C) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(e) Handicapped children receiving special education services for category four handicaps described in division (D) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(f) Handicapped children receiving special education services for the category five handicap described in division (E) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(g) Handicapped children receiving special education services for category six handicaps described in division (F) of section 3317.013 of the Revised Code;
(h) Students receiving category one vocational education services, described in division (A) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code;
(i) Students receiving category two vocational education services, described in division (B) of section 3317.014 of the Revised Code.
The superintendent of each joint vocational school district shall also indicate the city, local, or exempted village school district in which each joint vocational district pupil is entitled to attend school pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code.
(E) In each school of each city, local, exempted village, joint vocational, and cooperative education school district there shall be maintained a record of school membership, which record shall accurately show, for each day the school is in session, the actual membership enrolled in regular day classes. For the purpose of determining average daily membership, the membership figure of any school shall not include any pupils except those pupils described by division (A) of this section. The record of membership for each school shall be maintained in such manner that no pupil shall be counted as in membership prior to the actual date of entry in the school and also in such manner that where for any cause a pupil permanently withdraws from the school that pupil shall not be counted as in membership from and after the date of such withdrawal. There shall not be included in the membership of any school any of the following:
(1) Any pupil who has graduated from the twelfth grade of a public high school;
(2) Any pupil who is not a resident of the state;
(3) Any pupil who was enrolled in the schools of the district during the previous school year when tests were administered under section 3301.0711 of the Revised Code but did not take one or more of the tests required by that section and was not excused pursuant to division (C)(1) of that section;
(4) Any pupil who has attained the age of twenty-two years, except for veterans of the armed services whose attendance was interrupted before completing the recognized twelve-year course of the public schools by reason of induction or enlistment in the armed forces and who apply for reenrollment in the public school system of their residence not later than four years after termination of war or their honorable discharge.
If, however, any veteran described by division (E)(4) of this section elects to enroll in special courses organized for veterans for whom tuition is paid under the provisions of federal laws, or otherwise, that veteran shall not be included in average daily membership.
Notwithstanding division (E)(3) of this section, the membership of any school may include a pupil who did not take a test required by section 3301.0711 of the Revised Code if the superintendent of public instruction grants a waiver from the requirement to take the test to the specific pupil. The superintendent may grant such a waiver only for good cause in accordance with rules adopted by the state board of education.
Except as provided in division divisions (B)(2) and (F) of this section, the average daily membership figure of any local, city, exempted village, or joint vocational school district shall be determined by dividing the figure representing the sum of the number of pupils enrolled during each day the school of attendance is actually open for instruction during the first full school week in October by the total number of days the school was actually open for instruction during that week. For purposes of state funding, "enrolled" persons are only those pupils who are attending school, those who have attended school during the current school year and are absent for authorized reasons, and those handicapped children currently receiving home instruction.
The average daily membership figure of any cooperative education school district shall be determined in accordance with rules adopted by the state board of education.
(F)(1) If the formula ADM for the first full school week in February is at least three per cent greater than that certified for the first full school week in the preceding October, the superintendent of schools of any city, exempted village, or joint vocational school district or educational service center shall certify such increase to the superintendent of public instruction. Such certification shall be submitted no later than the fifteenth day of February. For the balance of the fiscal year, beginning with the February payments, the superintendent of public instruction shall use the increased formula ADM in calculating or recalculating the amounts to be allocated in accordance with section 3317.022 or 3317.16 of the Revised Code. In no event shall the superintendent use an increased membership certified to the superintendent after the fifteenth day of February.
(2) If on the first school day of April the total number of classes or units for handicapped preschool children that are eligible for approval under division (B) of section 3317.05 of the Revised Code exceeds the number of units that have been approved for the year under that division, the superintendent of schools of any city, exempted village, or cooperative education school district or educational service center shall make the certifications required by this section for that day. If the state board of education determines additional units can be approved for the fiscal year within any limitations set forth in the acts appropriating moneys for the funding of such units, the board shall approve additional units for the fiscal year on the basis of such average daily membership. For each unit so approved, the department of education shall pay an amount computed in the manner prescribed in section 3317.052 or 3317.19 and section 3317.053 of the Revised Code.
(3) If a student attending a community school under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code is not included in the formula ADM certified for the first full school week of October for the school district in which the student is entitled to attend school under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code, the department of education shall adjust the formula ADM of that school district to include the community school student in accordance with division (C)(2) of this section, and shall recalculate the school district's payments under this chapter for the entire fiscal year on the basis of that adjusted formula ADM. This requirement applies regardless of whether the student was enrolled, as defined in division (E) of this section, in the community school during the first full school week in October.
(G)(1)(a) The superintendent of an institution operating a special education program pursuant to section 3323.091 of the Revised Code shall, for the programs under such superintendent's supervision, certify to the state board of education the average daily membership of all handicapped children in classes or programs approved annually by the state board of education, in the manner prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction.
(b) The superintendent of an institution with vocational education units approved under division (A) of section 3317.05 of the Revised Code shall, for the units under the superintendent's supervision, certify to the state board of education the average daily membership in those units, in the manner prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction.
(2) The superintendent of each county MR/DD board that maintains special education classes under section 3317.20 of the Revised Code or units approved by the state board of education pursuant to section 3317.05 of the Revised Code shall do both of the following:
(a) Certify to the state board, in the manner prescribed by the board, the average daily membership in classes under section 3317.20 of the Revised Code for each school district that has placed children in the classes;
(b) Certify to the state board, in the manner prescribed by the board, the number of all handicapped preschool children enrolled as of the first day of December in classes eligible for approval under division (B) of section 3317.05 of the Revised Code, and the number of those classes.
(3)(a) If on the first school day of April the number of classes or units maintained for handicapped preschool children by the county MR/DD board that are eligible for approval under division (B) of section 3317.05 of the Revised Code is greater than the number of units approved for the year under that division, the superintendent shall make the certification required by this section for that day.
(b) If the state board determines that additional classes or units can be approved for the fiscal year within any limitations set forth in the acts appropriating moneys for the funding of the classes and units described in division (G)(3)(a) of this section, the board shall approve and fund additional units for the fiscal year on the basis of such average daily membership. For each unit so approved, the department of education shall pay an amount computed in the manner prescribed in sections 3317.052 and 3317.053 of the Revised Code.
(H) Except as provided in division (I) of this section, when any city, local, or exempted village school district provides instruction for a nonresident pupil whose attendance is unauthorized attendance as defined in section 3327.06 of the Revised Code, that pupil's membership shall not be included in that district's membership figure used in the calculation of that district's formula ADM or included in the determination of any unit approved for the district under section 3317.05 of the Revised Code. The reporting official shall report separately the average daily membership of all pupils whose attendance in the district is unauthorized attendance, and the membership of each such pupil shall be credited to the school district in which the pupil is entitled to attend school under division (B) of section 3313.64 or section 3313.65 of the Revised Code as determined by the department of education.
(I)(1) A city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district admitting a scholarship student of a pilot project district pursuant to division (C) of section 3313.976 of the Revised Code may count such student in its average daily membership.
(2) In any year for which funds are appropriated for pilot project scholarship programs, a school district implementing a state-sponsored pilot project scholarship program that year pursuant to sections 3313.974 through 3313.979 of the Revised Code may count in average daily membership:
(a) All children residing in the district and utilizing a scholarship to attend kindergarten in any alternative school, as defined in section 3313.974 of the Revised Code;
(b) All children who were enrolled in the district in the preceding year who are utilizing a scholarship to attend any such alternative school.
(J) The superintendent of each cooperative education school district shall certify to the superintendent of public instruction, in a manner prescribed by the state board of education, the applicable average daily memberships for all students in the cooperative education district, also indicating the city, local, or exempted village district where each pupil is entitled to attend school under section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3318.38.  (A) As used in this section, "big-eight school district" has the same meaning as in section 3314.02 3313.534 of the Revised Code.
(B) There is hereby established the accelerated urban school building assistance program. Under the program, notwithstanding section 3318.02 of the Revised Code, any big-eight school district that has not been approved to receive assistance under sections 3318.01 to 3318.20 of the Revised Code by July 1, 2002, may beginning on that date apply for approval of and be approved for such assistance. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any project approved and undertaken pursuant to this section shall comply with all provisions of sections 3318.01 to 3318.20 of the Revised Code.
The Ohio school facilities commission shall provide assistance to any big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section in the following manner:
(1) Notwithstanding section 3318.02 of the Revised Code:
(a) Not later than June 30, 2002, the commission shall conduct an on-site visit and shall assess the classroom facilities needs of each big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section;
(b) Beginning July 1, 2002, any big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section may apply to the commission for conditional approval of its project as determined by the assessment conducted under division (B)(1)(a) of this section. The commission may conditionally approve that project and submit it to the controlling board for approval pursuant to section 3318.04 of the Revised Code.
(2) If the controlling board approves the project of a big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section, the commission and the school district shall enter into an agreement as prescribed in section 3318.08 of the Revised Code. Any agreement executed pursuant to this division shall include any applicable segmentation provisions as approved by the commission under division (B)(3) of this section.
(3) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in sections 3318.05, 3318.06, and 3318.08 of the Revised Code, a big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section may with the approval of the commission opt to divide the project as approved under division (B)(1)(b) of this section into discrete segments to be completed sequentially. Any project divided into segments shall comply with all other provisions of sections 3318.05, 3318.06, and 3318.08 of the Revised Code except as otherwise specified in this division.
If a project is divided into segments under this division:
(a) The school district need raise only the amount equal to its proportionate share, as determined under section 3318.032 of the Revised Code, of each segment at any one time and may seek voter approval of each segment separately;
(b) The state's proportionate share, as determined under section 3318.032 of the Revised Code, of only the segment which has been approved by the school district electors or for which the district has applied a local donated contribution under section 3318.084 of the Revised Code shall be encumbered at any one time. Encumbrance of additional amounts to cover the state's proportionate share of later segments shall be approved separately as they are approved by the school district electors or as the district applies a local donated contribution to the segments under section 3318.084 of the Revised Code. If the state's share of any one segment exceeds twenty-five million dollars, encumbrance of that share is subject to the provisions of section 3318.11 of the Revised Code.
(c) If it is necessary to levy the additional tax for maintenance under division (B) of section 3318.05 of the Revised Code with respect to any segment of the project, the district may utilize the provisions of section 3318.061 of the Revised Code to ensure that the maintenance tax extends for twenty-three years after the last segment of the project is undertaken.
Sec. 3318.50. (A) As used in this section and in section 3318.52 of the Revised Code:
(1) "Start-up community school" means a "new start-up school" as that term is defined in division (A) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Classroom, "classroom facilities" has the same meaning as in section 3318.01 means buildings, land, grounds, equipment, and furnishings used by a community school in furtherance of its mission and contract entered into by the school's governing authority under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code.
(B) There is hereby established the community school classroom facilities loan guarantee program. Under the program, the Ohio school facilities commission may guarantee for up to fifteen years up to eighty-five per cent of the sum of the principal and interest on a loan made to the governing authority of a start-up community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code for the sole purpose of assisting the governing board authority in acquiring, improving, or replacing classroom facilities for the community school by lease, purchase, remodeling of existing facilities, or any other means except by including new construction.
The commission shall not make any loan guarantee under this section unless the commission has determined both that the applicant is creditworthy and that the classroom facilities meet specifications established by the commission under section 3318.51 of the Revised Code that have been acquired, improved, or replaced under the loan meet applicable health and safety standards established by law for school buildings or those facilities that will be acquired, improved, or replaced under the loan will meet such standards.
The commission shall not guarantee any loan under this section unless the loan is obtained from a financial institution regulated by the United States or this state.
(C) At no time shall the commission exceed an aggregate liability of ten million dollars to repay loans guaranteed under this section.
(D) Any payment made to a lending institution as a result of default on a loan guaranteed under this section shall be made from moneys in the community school classroom facilities loan guarantee fund established under section 3318.52 of the Revised Code.
(E)(D) The commission may assess a fee of up to five hundred dollars for each loan guaranteed under this section.
(F)(E) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section September 5, 2001, the commission shall adopt rules that prescribe loan standards and procedures consistent with this section that are designed to protect the state's interest in any loan guaranteed by this section and to ensure that the state has a reasonable chance of recovering any payments made by the state in the event of a default on any such loan.
Sec. 3318.53. There is hereby established the community school classroom facilities support program. Under the program, in any fiscal year that the general assembly appropriates moneys specifically for such purpose, the Ohio school facilities commission shall pay a stipend to each start-up community school then currently chartered under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code. The stipend to each school shall be an amount equal to four hundred fifty dollars times the number of students served by the school in the year that the stipend is paid. The governing authority of each community school may use the moneys paid under this section to help defray any rental or loan payments the authority makes for classroom facilities used by the community school.
Sec. 3327.01.  Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, this section and sections 3327.011 and, 3327.012, and 3327.02 of the Revised Code do not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district.
In all city, local, and exempted village school districts where resident school pupils in grades kindergarten through eight live more than two miles from the school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code and to which they are assigned by the board of education of the district of residence or to and from the nonpublic or community school which they attend the board of education shall provide transportation for such pupils to and from such school except when, in the judgment of such board, confirmed by the state board of education, such transportation is unnecessary or unreasonable as provided in section 3327.02 of the Revised Code.
In all city, local, and exempted village school districts the board may provide transportation for resident school pupils in grades nine through twelve to and from the high school to which they are assigned by the board of education of the district of residence or to and from the non-public nonpublic or community high school which they attend for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.
In determining the necessity for transportation, availability of facilities and distance to the school shall be considered.
A board of education shall not be required to transport elementary or high school pupils to and from a non-public nonpublic or community school where such transportation would require more than thirty minutes of direct travel time as measured by school bus from the collection point as designated by the coordinator of school transportation, appointed under section 3327.011 of the Revised Code, for the attendance area of the district of residence.
Where it is impractical to transport a pupil by school conveyance, a board of education may offer payment, in lieu of providing such transportation, pay a parent, guardian, or other person in charge of such child, an amount per pupil which shall in no event exceed the average transportation cost per pupil, such average cost to be based on the cost of transportation of children by all boards of education in this state during the next preceding year in accordance with section 3327.02 of the Revised Code.
In all city, local, and exempted village school districts the board shall provide transportation for all children who are so crippled that they are unable to walk to and from the school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code and which they attend. In case of dispute whether the child is able to walk to and from the school, the health commissioner shall be the judge of such ability. In all city, exempted village, and local school districts the board shall provide transportation to and from school or special education classes for educable mentally retarded children in accordance with standards adopted by the state board of education.
When transportation of pupils is provided the conveyance shall be run on a time schedule that shall be adopted and put in force by the board not later than ten days after the beginning of the school term.
The cost of any transportation service authorized by this section shall be paid first out of federal funds, if any, available for the purpose of pupil transportation, and secondly out of state appropriations, in accordance with regulations adopted by the state board of education.
No transportation of any pupils shall be provided by any board of education to or from any school which in the selection of pupils, faculty members, or employees, practices discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, or national origin.
Sec. 3327.02. If the board of education of a local school district deems the transportation, required under any law, of certain children to school by school conveyances impracticable and if it is unable to secure a reasonable offer for the transportation of such children the local board shall so report to the county board (A) After considering each of the following factors, the board of education of a city, exempted village, or local school district may determine that it is impractical to transport a pupil who is eligible for transportation to and from a school under section 3327.01 of the Revised Code:
(1) The time and distance required to provide the transportation;
(2) The number of pupils to be transported;
(3) The cost of providing transportation in terms of equipment, maintenance, personnel, and administration;
(4) Whether similar or equivalent service is provided to other pupils eligible for transportation;
(5) Whether and to what extent the additional service unavoidably disrupts current transportation schedules;
(6) Whether other reimbursable types of transportation are available.
(B)(1) Based on its consideration of the factors established in division (A) of this section, the board may pass a resolution declaring the impracticality of transportation. The resolution shall include each pupil’s name and the reason for impracticality.
(2) The board shall report its determination to the state board of education in a manner determined by the state board.
(3) The board of education of a local school district additionally shall submit the resolution for concurrence to the educational service center that contains the local district's territory. If the county educational service center governing board deems such considers transportation by school conveyance practicable or the offers reasonable, it shall so inform the local board and transportation shall be provided by such local board. If the county educational service center board agrees with the view of the local board it is compliance with section 3327.01 of the Revised Code, by such local board if such board agrees to pay the parent or other person in charge of the child for the transportation of such child to school at a rate determined for the particular case by, the local board for each day of actual may offer payment in lieu of transportation as provided in this section.
The teachers in charge of such children shall keep an accurate account of the days the children are transported to and from school. A failure of a parent or guardian to arrange to have his child transported to school, or his failure to have the child attend on the ground that the transportation is not supplied cannot be pleaded as an excuse for the failure of such parent or guardian to send such child to school or for the failure of the child to attend school.
(C) After passing the resolution declaring the impracticality of transportation, the district board shall offer to provide payment in lieu of transportation by doing the following:
(1) In accordance with guidelines established by the department of education, informing the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil of both of the following:
(a) The board's resolution;
(b) The right of the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil to accept the offer of payment in lieu of transportation or to reject the offer and instead request the department to initiate mediation procedures.
(2) Issue the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil a contract or other form on which the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil is given the option to accept or reject the board’s offer of payment in lieu of transportation.
(D) If the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil accepts the offer of payment in lieu of providing transportation, the board shall pay the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the child an amount that shall be no less than the amount determined by the department of education as the minimum for payment in lieu of transportation, and no more than the amount determined by the department as the average cost of pupil transportation for the previous school year. Payment may be prorated if the time period involved is only a part of the school year.
(E)(1)(a) Upon the request of a parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil who rejected the payment in lieu of transportation, the department shall conduct mediation procedures.
(b) If the mediation does not resolve the dispute, the state board of education shall conduct a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The state board may approve the payment in lieu of transportation or may order the board of education to provide transportation. The decision of the state board is binding in subsequent years and on future parties in interest provided the facts of the determination remain comparable.
(2) The school district shall provide transportation for the pupil from the time the parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil requests mediation until the matter is resolved under division (E)(1)(a) or (b) of this section.
(F)(1) If the department determines that a school district board has failed or is failing to provide transportation as required by division (E)(2) of this section or as ordered by the state board under division (E)(1)(b) of this section, the department shall order the school district board to pay to the pupil's parent, guardian, or other person in charge of the pupil, an amount equal to the state average daily cost of transportation as determined by the state board of education for the previous year. The school district board shall make payments on a schedule ordered by the department.
(2) If the department subsequently finds that a school district board is not in compliance with an order issued under division (F)(1) of this section and the affected pupils are enrolled in a nonpublic or community school, the department shall deduct the amount that the board is required to pay under that order from any payments the department makes to the school district board under division (D) of section 3317.022 of the Revised Code. The department shall use the moneys so deducted to make payments to the nonpublic or community school attended by the pupil. The department shall continue to make the deductions and payments required under this division until the school district board either complies with the department’s order issued under division (F)(1) of this section or begins providing transportation.
(G) A nonpublic or community school that receives payments from the department under division (F)(2) of this section shall do either of the following:
(1) Disburse the entire amount of the payments to the parent, guardian, or other person in control of the pupil affected by the failure of the school district of residence to provide transportation;
(2) Use the entire amount of the payments to provide acceptable transportation for the affected pupil.
Sec. 3365.08.  (A) A college that expects to receive or receives reimbursement under section 3365.07 of the Revised Code shall furnish to a participant all textbooks and materials directly related to a course taken by the participant under division (B) of section 3365.04 of the Revised Code. No college shall charge such participant for tuition, textbooks, materials, or other fees directly related to any such course.
(B) No student enrolled under this chapter in a course for which credit toward high school graduation is awarded shall receive direct financial aid through any state or federal program.
(C) If a school district provides transportation for resident school students in grades eleven and twelve under section 3327.01 of the Revised Code, a parent of a pupil enrolled in a course under division (B) of section 3365.04 of the Revised Code may apply to the board of education for full or partial reimbursement for the necessary costs of transporting the student between the secondary school the student attends and the college in which the student is enrolled. Reimbursement may be paid solely from funds received by the district under division (D) of section 3317.022 of the Revised Code. The state board of education shall establish guidelines, based on financial need, under which a district may provide such reimbursement.
(D) If a community school provides or arranges transportation for its pupils in grades nine through twelve under section 3314.091 of the Revised Code, a parent of a pupil of the community school who is enrolled in a course under division (B) of section 3365.04 of the Revised Code may apply to the governing authority of the community school for full or partial reimbursement of the necessary costs of transporting the student between the community school and the college. The governing authority may pay the reimbursement in accordance with the state board's rules adopted under division (C) of this section solely from funds paid to it under section 3314.091 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 4117.101.  Notwithstanding sections 4117.08 and 4117.10 of the Revised Code, no agreement entered into under this chapter may contain any provision that in any way limits the effect or operation of Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code or limits the authority of a school district board of education, or the governing board of an educational service center described in division (C)(1)(e)(d) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code, to enter into a contract with a community school under that chapter. However, nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit an agreement entered into under this chapter from containing requirements and procedures governing the reassignment of teachers who are employed in a school at the time it is converted to a community school pursuant to Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code and who do not choose or are not chosen to teach in that community school.
Section 2. That existing sections 3313.375, 3313.534, 3314.011, 3314.013, 3314.02, 3314.03, 3314.06, 3314.07, 3314.072, 3314.08, 3314.09, 3314.091, 3314.11, 3314.13, 3317.03, 3318.38, 3318.50, 3327.01, 3327.02, 3365.08, and 4117.101, and section 3314.021 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
Section 3. That Section 44.05 of Am. Sub. H.B. 94 of the 124th General Assembly be amended to read as follows:
" Sec. 44.05. VOCATIONAL EDUCATION MATCH
The foregoing appropriation item 200-416, Vocational Education Match, shall be used by the Department of Education to provide vocational administration matching funds pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 2311.
TECHNICAL SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
The foregoing appropriation item 200-420, Technical Systems Development, shall be used to support the development and implementation of information technology solutions designed to improve the performance and customer service of the Department of Education. Funds may be used for personnel, maintenance, and equipment costs related to the development and implementation of these technical system projects. Implementation of these systems shall allow the department to provide greater levels of assistance to school districts and to provide more timely information to the public, including school districts, administrators, and legislators.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
There is hereby created the Alternative Education Advisory Council, which shall consist of one representative from each of the following agencies: the Ohio Department of Education; the Department of Youth Services; the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services; the Department of Mental Health; the Office of the Governor or, at the Governor's discretion, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; and the Office of the Attorney General; and, beginning January 1, 2003, the Office of the Auditor of State.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-421, Alternative Education Programs, not less than $8,253,031 in each fiscal year shall be used for the renewal of successful implementation grants and for competitive matching grants to the 21 urban school districts as defined in division (O) of section 3317.02 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 1, 1998, and not less than $8,163,031 in each fiscal year shall be used for the renewal of successful implementation of grants and for competitive matching grants to rural and suburban school districts for alternative educational programs for existing and new at-risk and delinquent youth. Programs shall be focused on youth in one or more of the following categories: those who have been expelled or suspended, those who have dropped out of school or who are at risk of dropping out of school, those who are habitually truant or disruptive, or those on probation or on parole from a Department of Youth Services facility. Grants shall be awarded according to the criteria established by the Alternative Education Advisory Council in 1999. Grants shall be awarded only to programs where the grant would not serve as the program's primary source of funding. These grants shall be administered by the Department of Education.
The Department of Education may waive compliance with any minimum education standard established under section 3301.07 of the Revised Code for any alternative school that receives a grant under this section on the grounds that the waiver will enable the program to more effectively educate students enrolled in the alternative school.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-421, Alternative Education Programs, up to $480,552 in each fiscal year may be used for program administration, monitoring, technical assistance, support, research, and evaluation. Any unexpended balance may be used to provide additional matching grants to urban, suburban, or rural school districts as outlined above.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-421, Alternative Education Programs, $313,386 in each fiscal year shall be used to contract with the Center for Learning Excellence at The Ohio State University to provide technical support for the project and the completion of formative and summative evaluation of the grants.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-421, Alternative Education Programs, up to $700,000 in each fiscal year shall be used to support Amer-I-Can. Of this set aside, no funds shall be disbursed without approval of the Controlling Board. Amer-I-Can programs shall submit to the Controlling Board a biennial spending plan that delineates how these funds will be spent. Amer-I-can programs also shall demonstrate to the Controlling Board that they have hired an independent evaluator and have selected valid and reliable instruments to assess pre and post changes in student behavior.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-421, Alternative Education Programs, $75,000 in each fiscal year shall be used to support the Turning Point Applied Learning Center.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-421, Alternative Education Programs, $15,000 in each fiscal year shall be used to support the Bucyrus After School Enrichment Program.
SCHOOL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-422, School Management Assistance, $700,000 in fiscal year 2002 and $400,000 in fiscal year 2003 shall be used by the Auditor of State for expenses incurred in the Auditor of State's role relating to fiscal caution activities as defined in Chapter 3316. of the Revised Code. Expenses include duties related to the completion of performance audits for school districts that the Superintendent of Public Instruction determines are employing fiscal practices or experiencing budgetary conditions that could produce a state of fiscal watch or fiscal emergency.
The remainder of foregoing appropriation item 200-422, School Management Assistance, shall be used by the Department of Education to provide fiscal technical assistance and inservice education for school district management personnel and to administer, monitor, and implement the fiscal watch and fiscal emergency provisions under Chapter 3316. of the Revised Code.
POLICY ANALYSIS
The foregoing appropriation item 200-424, Policy Analysis, shall be used by the Department of Education to support a system of administrative, statistical, and legislative education information to be used for policy analysis. Staff supported by this appropriation shall administer the development of reports, analyses, and briefings to inform education policymakers of current trends in education practice, efficient and effective use of resources, and evaluation of programs to improve education results. The database shall be kept current at all times. These research efforts shall be used to supply information and analysis of data to the General Assembly and other state policymakers, including the Office of Budget and Management and the Legislative Service Commission.
The Department of Education may use funding from this appropriation item to purchase or contract for the development of software systems or contract for policy studies that will assist in the provision and analysis of policy-related information. Funding from this appropriation item also may be used to monitor and enhance quality assurance for research-based policy analysis and program evaluation to enhance the effective use of education information to inform education policymakers.
TECH PREP ADMINISTRATION
The foregoing appropriation item 200-425, Tech Prep Administration, shall be used by the Department of Education to support state-level activities designed to support, promote, and expand tech prep programs. Use of these funds shall include, but not be limited to, administration of grants, program evaluation, professional development, curriculum development, assessment development, program promotion, communications, and statewide coordination of tech prep consortia.
OHIO EDUCATIONAL COMPUTER NETWORK
The foregoing appropriation item 200-426, Ohio Educational Computer Network, shall be used by the Department of Education to maintain a system of information technology throughout Ohio and to provide technical assistance for such a system in support of the State Education Technology Plan pursuant to section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-426, Ohio Educational Computer Network, up to $20,571,198 in fiscal year 2002 and up to $21,188,334 in fiscal year 2003 shall be used by the Department of Education to support connection of all public school buildings to the state's education network, to each other, and to the Internet. In each fiscal year the Department of Education shall use these funds to help reimburse data acquisition sites or school districts for the operational costs associated with this connectivity. The Department of Education shall develop a formula and guidelines for the distribution of these funds to the data acquisition sites or individual school districts. As used in this section, "public school building" means a school building of any city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district, or any community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, or any educational service center building used for instructional purposes.
Of the foregoing appropriation item 200-426, Ohio Educational Computer Network, up to $2,043,938 in fiscal year 2002 and up to $2,095,037 in fiscal year 2003 shall be used for the Union Catalog and InfOhio Network.
The Department of Education shall use up to $4,590,000 in fiscal year 2002 and up to $4,727,700 in fiscal year 2003 to assist designated data acquisition sites with operational costs associated with the increased use of the state's education network by chartered nonpublic schools. The Department of Education shall develop a formula and guidelines for distribution of these funds to designated data acquisition sites.
The remainder in each fiscal year of appropriation item 200-426, Ohio Educational Computer Network, shall be used to support development, maintenance, and operation of a network of uniform and compatible computer-based information and instructional systems. The technical assistance shall include, but not be restricted to, development and maintenance of adequate computer software systems to support network activities. Program funds may be used, through a formula and guidelines devised by the department, to subsidize the activities of not more than 24 designated data acquisition sites, as defined by State Board of Education rules, to provide school districts and chartered nonpublic schools with computer-based student and teacher instructional and administrative information services, including approved computerized financial accounting, and to ensure the effective operation of local automated administrative and instructional systems. To broaden the scope of the use of technology for education, the department may use up to $250,000 in each fiscal year to coordinate the activities of the computer network with other agencies funded by the department or the state. In order to improve the efficiency of network activities, the department and data acquisition sites may jointly purchase equipment, materials, and services from funds provided under this appropriation for use by the network and, when considered practical by the department, may utilize the services of appropriate state purchasing agencies.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
The foregoing appropriation item 200-427, Academic Standards, shall be used by the Department of Education to develop and disseminate academic content standards. These funds shall be used to develop academic content standards and curriculum models and to fund communication of expectations to teachers, school districts, parents, and communities."
Section 4. That existing Section 44.05 of Am. Sub. H.B. 94 of the 124th General Assembly is hereby repealed.
Section 5. The Legislative Office of Education Oversight shall conduct a study of the methodologies and statutory systems used in other states to fund independent public charter schools that are similar to the community schools established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code and determine how those methodologies and systems compare to those codified in Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code. The Office shall issue a written report to the General Assembly not later than January 31, 2003.
Section 6. The State Board of Education shall continue to sponsor any community school for which it has entered into a contract at the time of the effective date of this section until the earlier of the expiration of two school years or until a new sponsor, as described in division (C)(1) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code, as amended by this act, is secured by the school's governing authority. The State Board shall not thereafter sponsor any community school except as provided in division (C) of section 3314.015 of the Revised Code. The State Board may extend the term of any existing contract with a community school governing authority only as necessary to accommodate the term of the Board's authorization to sponsor the school as specified in this section.
Any other entity who has contracted to sponsor a community school on the effective date of this section shall continue to sponsor such school in conformance with the contract and Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, as amended by this act, except that such sponsor need not be approved by the Department of Education as otherwise provided by division (B) of section 3314.015 of the Revised Code. In addition, such an entity may sponsor additional new start-up schools in accordance with the provisions of division (C)(1) of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code, as amended by this act, without the approval of the Department of Education provided that the entity complies with all other provisions of Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, as amended by this act.
Section 7. Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, the Department of Education shall adopt rules for the procedures, criteria, and deadlines for the approval, oversight, and revocation of approval of sponsors of new start-up community schools and for entering into written agreements with sponsors as provided for under section 3314.015 of the Revised Code. The rules may require sponsors to respond in a timely manner to reasonable requests from the Department for information, data, and documents. In developing the rules, the Department shall consult with the other entities that on the effective date of this section have existing contracts to sponsor community schools.
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