To amend, on a temporary basis, the District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995 to allow a public charter school to offer priority in enrollment to any students who were previously enrolled in the facility where that charter school will operate in the succeeding school year; and to amend section 29-412.20 of the District of Columbia Official Code to grant the Attorney General the authority to dissolve a nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of operating a public charter school if the charter for the public charter school has been revoked, non-renewed, or relinquished.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Public Charter School Priority Enrollment Temporary Amendment Act of 2015".
Sec. 2. Section 2206 of the District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995, approved April 26, 1996 (110 Stat. 1321; D.C. Official Code § 38-1802.06), is amended by adding a new subsection (d-1) to read as follows:
"(d-1) Admission to a successor public charter school – Notwithstanding subsection (c) of this section, a public charter school that operates in a facility where a public charter school whose charter has been lost through revocation, non-renewal, or voluntarily relinquishment previously operated, shall, for its first year of operation in that facility, admit students who were enrolled in the previous school during the school year preceding the loss of its charter. If the successor public charter school does not have sufficient capacity to admit all students who were enrolled in the previous school and who wish to enroll in the successor school, students who were enrolled in the previous school shall be admitted using a random selection process.".
Sec. 3. Section 29-412.20(a)(1) of the District of Columbia Official Code is amended as follows:
(a) Subparagraph (B) is amended by striking the word "or" at the end.
(b) Subparagraph (C) is amended by striking the semicolon and inserting the phrase "; or" in its place.
(c) A new subparagraph (D) is added to read as follows:
"(D) The corporation was organized for the purpose of operating a public charter school pursuant to Chapter 18 of Title 38 and the charter for the public charter school has been revoked, has not been renewed, or has been voluntarily relinquished and the corporation has failed to voluntarily dissolve as required by § 38-1802.13a;".
Sec. 4. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(3)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
Sec. 5. Effective date.
(a) This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
(b) This act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.