- On Wednesday, Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson told the Education Interim Committee that he is considering a law that would let the State Charter School Board to propose new types of charter schools through a "request for proposal" instead of waiting for them to be proposed by others.
- Charter schools are usually created when an individual or group perceives a need for a particular educational choice in a community, writes up the terms of their charter and submits the plan to a state board for approval, but Stephenson's proposal would allow the state board to suggest new charters (like a single-gender or military career-focused school).
- Utah's State Office of Education last week released its official student population numbers for fall 2012, showing charter enrollment growth of more than 50,000 students--around 8% of Utah's total public school population.
From the article:
With the number of students in Utah's charter schools growing steadily, a Utah legislator is considering a law that would allow educators to pursue new types of charter schools, rather than wait for them to be proposed. Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, told the Education Interim Committee on Wednesday that he is considering legislation that would allow the State Charter School Board to seek out specific types of charter schools through a "request for proposal," or RFP, process. ...