Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 10 - Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

May 7, 2014 1:45 PM

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Bass (CA), Marino (PA), McDermott (WA), Bachmann (MN)


Adds on p. 14, line 16 after all students “, including eliminating any barriers to enrollment for foster youth or unaccompanied homeless youth,”. This will ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers for foster youth in charter school enrollment and ensure the inclusion and retention of all students no matter the involvement or lack of involvement of parents.

Bonamici (OR)


REVISED Clarifies the reporting requirements of State entities by asking State entities to include, to the extent known, whether efforts to share best and promising practices between charter schools and other schools led to the adoption and implementation of best practices by such other public schools.

Cassidy (LA)


Requires GAO to audit/track the dollars and examine if the money allocated from administrative costs is appropriate.

Cassidy (LA)


LATE Seeks clarification to ensure schools constructed to serve disadvantaged students wouldn’t be prohibited in receiving the federal construction dollars authorized in HR 10.

Castor (FL)


Requires the Secretary of the Department of Education to develop and enforce conflict of interest guidelines for all charter schools receiving federal assistance. Guidelines must include disclosures from anyone affiliated with the charter school that has a financial interest in the school.

Fudge (OH)


LATE Ensures public charter schools comply with the same Federal and State audit requirements as traditional public elementary and secondary schools in the State.

Gosar (AZ)


Includes federally recognized American Indian Tribes in the effort to expand the number of high-quality schools available to students across the Nation. This amendment would ensure that Tribes and Tribal Education Agencies shall be eligible to participate under the terms and conditions defined for States throughout H.R. 10.

Grayson (FL), Clarke (NY), Wilson (FL)


Ensures that an application by a state entity to receive grants through the Charter School Program contains an assurance that charter schools will also measure student retention rates in their annual performance assessments – as well as graduation rates and student academic growth, as currently required by this bill.

Grayson (FL), Clarke (NY), Wilson (FL)


Prohibits a charter school from compensating any employee at a rate higher than the highest ranking education official in the State government.

Grayson (FL), Clarke (NY), Wilson (FL)


Ensures that an application by a state entity to receive grants through the Charter School Program contains an assurance that the state entity will encourage charter schools, during construction, renovation, and maintenance, to the extent practicable, to employ workers from the geographic area from which the school intends to draw its student body.

Grijalva (AZ), Honda (CA)


Requires public disclosure of all private contributions to support accountability and transparency in the charter sector.

Grijalva (AZ), Honda (CA)


Requires the state entity to create conflict of interest guidelines. Requires charter school board meetings to be open and transparent to parents, educators and the public.

Holt (NJ)


Adds “skimming” as a category state charter authorizers must consider when considering charter school recipients for subgrants. The amendment provides suggestions on what states might consider as skimming.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Adds a sense of the Congress on the promotion of and support for anti-bullying programs in charter schools, including those serving rural communities.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Directs the website publication of materials on the websites of Charter Schools regarding student recruitment, orientation materials, enrollment criteria, student discipline policies, behavior codes, and parent contract requirements, which should include any financial obligations such as fees for tutoring, extra-circular activity etc.

Kaptur (OH)


Requires that all charter schools receiving public funding as described in this bill to provide full public disclosure of information on school demographics and student attrition rates in the annual audit report to the Secretary. The disclosure of this information will be made in accordance with current state and Federal Law.

Kline (MN)


MANAGER’S AMENDMENT Makes technical corrections and improvements to the underlying bill text.

Langevin (RI), Thompson, Glenn (PA)


Adds comprehensive career counseling to the criteria that the Secretary will take into account when prioritizing grants to LEAs.

Meeks (NY)


LATE Provides states with caps on charter school funding equitable consideration for federal funding as states without caps.

Messer, Luke (IN)


Requires state entities applying for Charter School Program grant funds to explain how they will work with eligible applicants within the state to encourage the opening, replication, and expansion of secondary charter schools

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Establishes a two percent set-aside within state funds to provide oversight of the use of funds by charter schools.

Reichert (WA), Larsen, Rick (WA), DelBene (WA)


Protect states’ rights to design their own charter school systems by striking language that places states with charter school caps at a disadvantage when competing for federal grants.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


LATE Requires State entities to report on how they have worked with funded charter schools to foster community involvement.

Tierney (MA)


Seeks to increase transparency and recognizes the critical importance of parental involvement in educational outcomes for children by requiring an assurance in the grant application that charter school board meetings be open to parents and the public.

Tierney (MA)


Seeks to increase transparency and promote accountability by ensuring appropriate access to financial records, budget statements, audit reports and other relevant documents relating to the operation and management of the charter school within the custody or control of an education management organization.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE Requires schools to demonstrate community engagement by collecting letters of support from community groups.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE WITHDRAWN Requires states to conduct audits of charter school outreach practices.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE Ensures that charter school teachers have the same qualifications as public school teachers.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE Requires at least 20 percent of the members of a charter school board to be members of the community the school is sited in.

Wilson (FL), Davis, Rodney (IL), Duckworth (IL), Grayson (FL), McKinley (WV), Fudge (OH)


Ensures collection and public dissemination of information that will help parents make informed decisions about education options for their children.

Young, Don (AK)


WITHDRAWN Makes a technical correction to allow tribes, which operate grant, contract, and charter schools, administer education programs, and have public schools on or near their land, to access the education records pertaining only to their tribal citizen students in order to address their students’ academic and cultural needs in the schools serving their population.