SALT LAKE CITY — Both chambers of the Utah Legislature have passed a bill that allows the grandchildren of a charter school's founder to enroll in that school without participating in an enrollment lottery.
In a unanimous vote, the Senate gave final approval to HB36 on Thursday. It will now go before Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
Current law gives enrollment preference to the children of school founders. Sen. Diedre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said the law needs to be changed to reflect the changing dynamic of Utah families.
"It really addresses a change in culture where grandparents are more involved in the education of their grandchildren," Henderson said.