Authorizing school districts reach repayment settlement in charter school fraud case

In May 2019, a Grand Jury in San Diego County indicted 11 individuals involved in the group A3 Education, which ran 19 charter schools across California. The indictment alleged a scheme to siphon state funds for charter schools to A3 and the criminal defendants. During […]

Guidance and support needed for charter school authorizers, panel says

Representatives from school districts, county offices of education and education organizations gathered in Sacramento on June 26 for a California Department of Education panel discussion, Best Practices for Charter School Authorization and Renewal. The panel, which included CSBA Legislative Advocate Carlos Machado, convened at a […]

Capitol briefing highlights CSBA’s charter school task force report

Examining a critical issue facing California’s K-12 public schools, the California School Boards Association hosted an April 22 Capitol briefing outlining the association’s new charter school task force report. Uncharted Waters: Recommendations for Prioritizing Student Achievement and Effective Governance in California’s Charter Schools focuses on […]

Charter school transparency bill passes Senate, on fast track to Gov. Newsom’s desk

UPDATE: Charter school transparency bill SB 126 passes Senate 34-2, sent to Assembly Senate Bill 126, a charter school transparency measure, passed the Senate Floor today (Thurs., Feb. 21) with a 34-2 vote after passing the Senate Education Committee in a unanimous 7-0 vote on […]

AG advisory creates new considerations for charter school governance and operations

By Kathryn Meola, CSBA General Counsel  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued an advisory opinion (No. 11-201, dated December 26, 2018) concluding that charter schools and their governing bodies are subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act. The […]