With a week and a half left in the legislative session there are still several bills pending that will negatively impact charter schools. Since this is the second year of a two-year session the bills will be officially dead if they are not moved onto the Governor’s desk by August 31st. Please write or call your legislator and let them know that you oppose these bills. Below are the bills that are still pending. AB 709 by Assemblyman Mike Gipson is pending in the Assembly awaiting a concurrence vote on the Senate amendments. If it passes it will head to the Governor’s desk for his signature or veto. The measure applies the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and Government Code 1090 to charter schools. AB 1084 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla is pending in the Senate awaiting a vote that would send the measure back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote in Senate amendments before it heads to the Governor’s desk. The measure prohibits charter schools from being operated as or by a for-profit and would not allow a virtual or online charter to purchase any school services or materials from a for-profit entity. SB 322 by Senator Mark Leno is pending in the Assembly awaiting a vote that would send the measure back to the Senate for a concurrence vote in Assembly amendments before it heads to the Governor’s desk. The measure would apply suspension and expulsions laws similar to school district standards to charter schools. It would also limit preferences charter schools could use for attendance purposes. SB 739 by Senator Fran Pavley is pending in Assembly awaiting a final vote before it heads to the Governor’s desk. The measure would prohibit a school district that has received a negative certification from authorizing a charter school outside of its district boundaries under any circumstances.
To view any of these measures go to www.leginfo.ca.gov and put in the bill number.
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