Public charter schools
CHARTER SCHOOLS – Amends, repeals, and adds to existing law to establish the Accelerating Public Charter Schools Act to provide for public charter schools that operate independently from traditional schools.

RS30982 / H0422

The Accelerating Public Charter Schools Act updates Idaho’s Charter School laws. In 1998, the Idaho Legislature passed the Idaho Charter School law to allow charter schools to operate in Idaho. Idaho now has 74 charter schools serving 10% or approximately 30,000 children. While there have been several amendments to the charter school laws over the years, nothing substantial has been introduced to incorporate the majority of what we have learned in the past 26 years. This legislation does that.

There is no negative fiscal impact as the legislation can be implemented with existing programs and current personnel.

Bill Events
Date Description
01/23 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
01/24 Reported Printed and Referred to Education
01/26 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
01/29 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
01/30 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 66-3-1
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Wilson), Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Berch, Nash(Coberly), Necochea
Absent – Holtzclaw
Floor Sponsor - Boyle
Title apvd - to Senate
01/31 Received from the House passed; filed for first reading
01/31 Introduced, read first time; referred to: Education
02/08 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/09 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
02/16 Read third time in full – PASSED - 32-1-2
AYES – Adams, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Zuiderveld
NAYS – Wintrow
Absent and excused – Anthon, Toews
Floor Sponsor - Den Hartog
Title apvd - to House
02/19 Returned from Senate Passed; to JRA for Enrolling
02/20 Reported Enrolled; Signed by Speaker; Transmitted to Senate
02/21 Received from the House enrolled/signed by Speaker
02/21 Signed by President; returned to House
02/22 Returned Signed by the President; Ordered Transmitted to Governor
02/23 Delivered to Governor at 11:50 a.m. on February 22, 2024
02/28 Reported Signed by Governor on February 27, 2024
Session Law Chapter 9
Effective: 02/27/2024