House File 2516 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2516 BY COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 706) A BILL FOR An Act relating to open enrollment to noncontiguous school 1 districts. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 6373HV (1) 88 kh/jh
H.F. 2516 Section 1. Section 282.18, subsection 4, paragraph b, Code 1 2020, is amended to read as follows: 2 b. (1) For purposes of this section , “good cause” means a 3 any of the following: 4 (a) A change in a child’s residence due to a change in 5 family residence , a . 6 (b) A change in the state in which the family residence is 7 located , a . 8 (c) A change in a child’s parents’ marital status , a . 9 (d) A guardianship or custody proceeding , placement . 10 (e) The child’s parent’s or guardian’s place of employment 11 is located in a noncontiguous school district. 12 (f) Placement in foster care, adoption, participation in a 13 foreign exchange program, or participation in a substance abuse 14 or mental health treatment program , a 15 (g) A change in the status of a child’s resident district 16 such as removal of accreditation by the state board, surrender 17 of accreditation, or permanent closure of a nonpublic school, 18 revocation of a charter school contract as provided in section 19 256F.8 , the failure of negotiations for a whole grade sharing, 20 reorganization, dissolution agreement or the rejection of a 21 current whole grade sharing agreement, or reorganization plan. 22 (2) If the good cause relates to a change in status of 23 a child’s school district of residence, however, action by 24 a parent or guardian must be taken to file the notification 25 within forty-five days of the last board action or within 26 thirty days of the certification of the election, whichever is 27 applicable to the circumstances. 28 EXPLANATION 29 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 30 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 31 This bill expands the definition of “good cause” to include 32 a situation in which the child’s parent’s or guardian’s place 33 of employment is located in a noncontiguous school district. 34 The provision allows a parent or guardian to send notification 35 -1- LSB 6373HV (1) 88 kh/jh 1/ 2
H.F. 2516 to the school district of residence and the receiving district 1 that good cause exists for failure to meet the March 1 deadline 2 to send notification of the intent to enroll the parent’s or 3 guardian’s child in a public school in another school district. 4 Under such circumstances, the board of the receiving district 5 must take action to approve the request if good cause exists. 6 -2- LSB 6373HV (1) 88 kh/jh 2/ 2