HB550 (2023) Detail

Relative to chartered public school dissolution.



22Mar2023... 0624h







AN ACT establishing a committee to study chartered public school dissolution.


SPONSORS: Rep. Fellows, Graf. 8; Rep. Heath, Hills. 41; Rep. Tanner, Sull. 5


COMMITTEE: Education






The bill establishes a committee to study the chartered public school dissolution process.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22Mar2023... 0624h 23-0099





In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three


AN ACT establishing a committee to study chartered public school dissolution.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Committee Established; Chartered Public School Dissolution.  There is established a committee to study the current chartered public school dissolution process and identify ways to ensure an orderly school closure that will support students, avoid insolvency, and reduce liability to the school and the state.

I.  The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(a)  Four members of the house of representatives, at least 2 of whom are from the education committee, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

II.(a)  The committee shall seek the expertise and advice from:

(1)  A financial administrator (employee or contractor), preferably a CPA, for a charter school, nominated by the commissioner of education.

(2)  The administrator of the department of education’s chartered public school office.

(3)  A representative of the charitable trust unit of the department of justice.

(4)  The commissioner of the department of administrative services, or designee.

(5)  Any other person or entity relevant to the duty of the committee.

(b)  Legislative members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.

III.  The committee shall study the following issues related to the operation of chartered public schools, which are recognized by the state as both private non-profit organizations and public schools:

(a)  Existing federal and state statues and rules related to financial and risk management, and dissolution including the disposal of property, inventory and monetary assets.

(b)  Identification of all state agencies that do, or should, have responsibilities related to the monitoring of financial status and practices, maintenance of fiscal solvency, and the dissolution process.

(c)  Financial liability of the state, school districts, and the employees, boards, parents and volunteers of chartered schools.

(d)  Current practices and best practices for schools and state agencies, related to maintenance of financial stability, risk management, and the dissolution process of chartered schools.

(e)  Non-financial issues related to dissolution including, but not limited to, notification of closure, placement of students and retention of academic records.

IV.  The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Four members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

V.  The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the chairs of the education committees in both the house of representatives and senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before December 15, 2023.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.









AN ACT relative to charter school dissolution.



Due to time constraints, the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant is unable to provide a fiscal note for this bill, as introduced, at this time.  When completed, the fiscal note will be forwarded to the House Clerk's Office.



Department of Education and Department of Administrative Services



Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 13, 2023 House Hearing
March 7, 2023 House Exec Session
March 7, 2023 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB550 Revision: 38352 Date: March 22, 2023, 11:11 a.m.
HB550 Revision: 38188 Date: March 14, 2023, 11:07 a.m.
HB550 Revision: 37423 Date: Jan. 11, 2023, 11 a.m.


March 24, 2023: Introduced 03/23/2023 and Referred to Education; SJ 12

March 22, 2023: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2023-0624h: MA VV 03/22/2023 HJ 10

March 22, 2023: Amendment # 2023-0624h: AA VV 03/22/2023 HJ 10

March 14, 2023: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2023-0624h (NT) 03/07/2023 (Vote 18-2; CC) HC 16 P. 8

March 1, 2023: Executive Session: 03/07/2023 09:30 am LOB 205-207

Feb. 8, 2023: Public Hearing: 02/13/2023 09:45 am LOB 205-207

Jan. 11, 2023: Introduced (in recess of) 01/05/2023 and referred to Education