SENATE BILL 51
55th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2021
Siah Correa Hemphill
FOR THE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION STUDY COMMITTEE
RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS; PROVIDING AN ENROLLMENT PREFERENCE
FOR STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 22-8B-4.1 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2000, Chapter 82, Section 3) is amended to read:
"22-8B-4.1. CHARTER SCHOOLS' ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES.--
A. Start-up schools and conversion schools are subject to the following enrollment procedures:
(1) a start-up school may either enroll students on a first-come, first-served basis or through a lottery selection process if the total number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available at the start-up school; and
(2) a conversion school shall give enrollment preference to students who are enrolled in the public school at the time it is converted into a charter school and to siblings of students admitted to or attending the charter school. The conversion school may either enroll all other students on a first-come, first-served basis or through a lottery selection process if the total number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available at the conversion school.
B. In subsequent years of its operation, a charter school shall give enrollment preference to:
(1) students who have been admitted to the charter school through an appropriate admission process and remain in attendance through subsequent grades; [and]
(2) children of employees employed by the charter school; and
[(2)] (3) siblings of students already admitted to or attending the same charter school."
SECTION 2. APPLICABILITY.--The provisions of this act apply to the 2021-2022 school year and subsequent school years.
SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2021.
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