(a) There is established a task force that shall study providing a neighborhood preference in charter school admissions for the 2013-2014 school year. The task force shall consist of:
(1) The following 5 government officials, or their designees:
(A) Chairman of the Public Charter School Board;
(B) Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia;
(C) State Superintendent of Education;
(D) Deputy Mayor for Education; and
(E) Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools; and
(2) The following nongovernment members:
(A) Two representatives from charter support organizations;
(B) A representative from the education department of a national research organization;
(C) A representative from a national charter school organization;
(D) Two charter school leaders selected by the Public Charter School Board Chair; and
(E) A labor representative.
(b) The task force shall:
(1) Be chaired by the Chairman of the Public Charter School Board, or his or her designee;
(2) Meet at an agreed to location as often as determined necessary by the Chairman of the task force;
(3) Explore the feasibility of offering a neighborhood preference in charter school admissions for the 2013-2014 school year; and
(4) By September 1, 2012, submit a report to the Council of its findings, which shall include:
(A) Consideration of the various ways in which a neighborhood preference can be designed, including:
(i) The pros and cons of a weighted lottery;
(ii) Setting aside of a certain percentage of new seats;
(iii) A geographically limited preference; and
(iv) A preference based on rankings in a city-wide application process;
(B) A definition of neighborhood for the purpose of setting boundaries in admissions;
(C) An examination of models that are being used in other jurisdictions and evaluation of their applicability to the District; and
(D) Recommendations based on its findings.
Effect of Amendments
The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.
For temporary addition of section, see § 4052 of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).
Section 2 of D.C. Law 19-202 amended Section 2214a(a)(4) of the District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995, approved April 26, 1996 (110 Stat. 1321; to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 38-1802.14a(a)(4)), by striking the phrase “September 1, 2012,” and inserting the phrase “December 15, 2012,” in its place.
Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 19-202 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.