3301-35-09 Chartered nonpublic schools.

A nonpublic school chartered by the state board of education shall assure that its students receive a general education of high quality.

(A) A nonpublic school shall assure that students are provided a general education of high quality by either:

(1) Being accredited by an association whose standards have been reviewed by the state superintendent's advisory committee on chartered nonpublic schools and approved by the state board of education; or

(2) Showing compliance with rules 3301-35-01 to 3301-35-07 of the Administrative Code except that:

(a) Notwithstanding paragraph (A) of rule 3301-35-05 of the Administrative Code, chartered nonpublic schools may consider religious affiliation in hiring and employment decisions to the extent permitted by law;

(b) Paragraphs (A)(2) and (A)(3) of rule 3301-35-05 of the Administrative Code regarding student-teacher ratios and educational service personnel shall not apply;

(c) Paragraph (D)(2) of rule 3301-35-04 of the Administrative Code regarding a requirement to offer credit flex shall not apply;

(d) Paragraph (B) of rule 3301-35-06 regarding stakeholder partnerships shall not apply, except for the requirement that chartered nonpublic schools shall work with their key stakeholders; and

(e) Notwithstanding paragraph (F)(2) of rule 3301-35-07 regarding site evaluations, chartered nonpublic schools are not required to hold a public meeting to discuss a report of the results of the site evaluation or to notify their parents and stakeholders of such a meeting. Chartered nonpublic schools shall notify their parents and stakeholders of the report issued by the department of education and make the report available to them.

(B) A chartered nonpublic school that does not meet the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule shall be subject to the provisions of paragraphs (H) and (I) of rule 3301-35-07 of the Administrative Code.

(C) The superintendent of public instruction shall establish an advisory committee on chartered nonpublic schools to make recommendations to the state board of education concerning development and administration of regulations for chartered nonpublic schools. Committee membership shall represent chartered nonpublic school constituency groups including the "Association of Christian Schools International;" the "Catholic Conference of Ohio;" the "Government Affairs Committee of Ohio Jewish Communities, Inc.;" the "Lutheran Schools of Ohio;" the "Ohio Association of Independent Schools;" and the "Seventh Day Adventist Schools, Ohio Conference." Each group shall have representation on the committee, and these groups shall constitute no less than two-thirds of the committee's membership.

Replaces: 3301-35-09

Effective: 4/24/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 04/24/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07
Rule Amplifies: 3301.07, 3301.16, 3302.01, 3302.04, 3313.48, 3313.536, 3313.65, 3317.06, 3317.063, 3327.01
Prior Effective Dates: 6/24/99, 2/24/2006