Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 110 Part 2.djvu/267

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PUBLIC LAW 104-134—APR. 26, 1996 110 STAT. 1321-120 (8) To sue and be sued in the public charter school's own name. (c) PROHIBITIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. — (1) CONTRACTING AUTHORITY. — (A) NOTICE REQUIREMENT. —Except in the case of an emergency (as determined by the eligible chartering authority of a public charter school), with respect to any contract proposed to be awarded by the public charter school and having a value equal to or exceeding $10,000, the school shall publish a notice of a request for proposals in the District of Columbia Register and newspapers of general circulation not less than 30 days prior to the award of the contract. (B) SUBMISSION TO THE AUTHORITY. — (i) DEAJDLINE FOR SUBMISSION.—With respect to any contract described in subparagraph (A) that is awarded by a public charter school, the school shall submit to the Authority, not later than 3 days after the date on which the award is made, all bids for the contract received by the school, the name of the contractor who is awarded the contract, and the rationale for the award of the contract. (ii) EFFECTIVE DATE OF CONTRACT. — (I) IN GENERAL.— Subject to subclause (II), a contract described in subparagraph (A) shall become effective on the date that is 15 days after the date the school makes the submission under clause (i) with respect to the contract, or the effective date specified in the contract, whichever is later. (II) EXCEPTION. — ^A contract described in subparagraph (A) shall be considered null and void if the Authority determines, within 12 days of the date the school makes the submission under clause (i) with respect to the contract, that the contract endangers the economic viability of the public charter school. (2) TUITION.—A public charter school may not charge tuition, fees, or other mandatory payments, except to nonresident students, or for field trips or similar activities. (3) CONTROL.—^A public charter school— (A) shall exercise exclusive control over its expenditures, administration, personnel, and instructional methods, within the limitations imposed in this subtitle; and (B) shall be exempt from District of Columbia statutes, policies, rules, and regulations established for the District of Columbia public schools by the Superintendent, Board of Education, Mayor, District of Columbia Council, or Authority, except as otherwise provided in the school's charter or this subtitle. (4) HEALTH AND SAFETY.— ^A public charter school shall maintain the health and safety of all students attending such school. (5) CIVIL RIGHTS AND IDEA.—The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.), title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.), section 504