(1) The general assembly hereby finds that section 2 of article IX of the state constitution requires the general assembly to provide for the establishment and maintenance of
a thorough and uniform system of free public schools. The state therefore has an obligation to ensure that every student has a chance
to attend a school that will provide an opportunity for a quality education. If a school is not providing a thorough and adequate education, as determined by
the annual performance review conducted by the department pursuant to section 22-11-210, the state has an obligation to the students enrolled in that school to make changes
to ensure that they have an opportunity to receive a quality education comparable
to students in other public schools in the state.
(2) Therefore, the general assembly finds it necessary to establish a system for independent
charter schools to operate within local school buildings when school districts have
failed to provide adequate educational opportunities.
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