Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 163
152nd General Assembly (Present)
House Administration 6/23/23
Committee Hearing takes place within twelve legislative days.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
This bill updates the State’s charter school law to codify the original intent of charter schools to encourage the use of different and innovative or proven school environments and teaching and learning methods; provide parents and students with measures of improved school and student performance and greater opportunities in choosing public schools within and outside their school districts; and to provide for a well-educated community. The substitute bill creates new subsections in Section 507(c) of Title 14 of the Delaware Code to define the licensure and certification requirements more clearly within Chapter 5 of Title 14 and provides for the ability to hire the leaders and staff that they deem beneficial to the success of the school’s educational program and the needs of students and staff. There are multiple pathways that people can travel to get to their administrative positions and all of their experiences on their journey are beneficial to the education and success of Delaware’s children. To that end, the substitute bill also defines “Instructional Administrator” at a charter school and the necessary experience and education required. It also directs the Department of Education to work with the Professional Standards Board and the Delaware Charter Schools Network to provide for the implementation of regulations for current and future Instructional Administrators in accordance with this bill. This will require modifications to Regulation 1596 Charter School Leader to make corresponding changes to align with the substitute bill if passed and signed into law. The Department of Education will also work with the Charter Schools Network to develop a “qualified alternative certification program” to provide flexibility for charter schools to hire Instructional Administrators working towards the required licensure and certification.
Takes effect upon being signed into law