On Aug. 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an agreement had been reached on AB 1505 that produces an extensive overhaul of the California Charter Schools Act. This overhaul provides improved accountability measures while protecting core elements of a strong charter school law, including the preservation of charter school appeals to county boards of education and the State Board of Education, streamlined renewal for high-quality charter schools that have demonstrated success in closing the achievement gap, and balancing consideration of the academic needs of students against fiscal impact considerations for new petitions.
“Through the passionate and determined advocacy of public charter school parents, teachers, and leaders, the most extreme proposals in the original version of AB 1505 were effectively pushed back,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “The agreement on AB 1505 recognizes the strength of the existing charter school sector in California. It also demonstrates that public school advocates can find solutions together when they are focused on ensuring that there are more opportunities for all kids to access high-quality public schools regardless of the model. We commend all parties for having meaningful dialogue and ensuring student needs were put first. California parents, teachers, leaders, and public education advocates can now focus on working together to deliver on the promise of high-quality public schools for all students regardless of educational need, zip code, race, or income.”
Read Newsom’s statement at gov.ca.gov.
About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, visit publiccharters.org.