Public charter school program
EDUCATION – Amends existing law to exempt certain public charter schools from having to demonstrate strong academic results to qualify for the Public Charter School Facilities Program and to revise a limitation on issuing bonds under the Public Charter School Facilities Program.

RS30092 / S1042

Charter schools are public schools supported by taxpayer dollars. To help qualifying, well-established charter schools obtain lower interest rates on bonds, the legislature created a financing tool known as a credit enhancement. This tool has proven exceptionally effective, saving the state and public charter schools millions in interest payments, and ensuring more taxpayer dollars stay in Idaho’s classrooms. However, the tool has reached its initial statutory cap. This bill would amend the existing statute to raise the cap on the overall capacity of the tool, so that more qualifying schools may apply to participate. Additionally, it would allow schools that serve 100% at-risk students to apply to use the tool even if they do not meet the academic performance criteria required of other schools, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.

There is no impact on the general fund because the tool has already been established. This would simply allow more eligible schools to participate.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/02 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/03 Reported Printed; referred to Education
02/17 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/20 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
02/21 Referred to 14th Order for amendment
02/23 Placed in the Committee of the Whole
Reported out without recommendation, as amended
Amendments ordered printed; referred for engrossment
02/24 Amendments reported printed
Reported engrossed, filed for first reading, as amended
Read first time as amended, filed for Second Reading
02/27 Read second time as amended, filed for Third reading
03/06 Read third time in full as amended – PASSED - 33-0-2
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Cook, Den Hartog, Dunn(Carlson), Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – Burtenshaw, VanOrden
Floor Sponsor - Den Hartog
Title apvd - to House
03/07 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
Read First Time, Referred to Education
03/13 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/14 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/15 U.C. to place at bottom of third reading calendar one legislative day
U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/16 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 68-1-1
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias(Woodings), McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Mitchell, Monks, Nash, Necochea, 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
Absent – Miller
Floor Sponsor - Horman
Title apvd - to Senate
03/17 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/20 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/21 Reported delivered to Governor at 8:58 a.m. on 03/21/23
03/23 Signed by Governor on 03/22/23
Session Law Chapter 118
Effective: 07/01/2023