(1) The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that:
(a) There is a growing demand for more charter schools in the state;
(b) There is an underserved population of at-risk students in the state, for whom
innovative educational models are needed.
(2) The intent of the general assembly in establishing the state charter school institute
pursuant to this part 5 is to:
(a) Provide an alternative mode of authorizing charter schools as a means to assist
school districts in utilizing best practices for chartering schools and to approve
and oversee charter schools in school districts not desiring to do so themselves;
(b) Preserve the authority of a school district to authorize charter schools, at the
school district's option.
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