Advocacy

Summary

The public policy agenda of the California Charter Schools Association reflects the priorities, current issues, and concerns of the 1,130 charter schools in the state, as well as the charter school movement nationwide. CCSA actively advocates for the promotion and access of public charter schools, academic achievement, and increased accountability.

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At the Capitol

CCSA offers public policy and grassroots advocacy in the State Legislature every year, developing public policy positions and legislative agendas for the benefit of the charter school movement, and tracking major legislation, including Senate and Assembly bills and the state budget.

Accountability

California�s charter schools are serious about ensuring that the movement creates significantly better learning opportunities than are available within the traditional public school system for our students. To that end, CCSA is taking a lead role in assessing charter school quality and ensuring appropriate accountability within the movement by establishing clear and transparent academic performance expectations for charter schools.

CCSA is committed to fulfilling the charter school promise of accountability for student performance in exchange for operational autonomy.

Facilities Equity

Identifying and securing adequate facilities for charter students is a challenging task for many of our states charter schools. CCSA advocates for fair equity in facilities for our charter schools and students, and offers support and resources from our regional and statewide staffs, as well as our legal, legislative, and communications experts for those seeking facilities, and as a response mechanism for issues that may arise.

Some of the top facilities issues for California charter schools include:

  • Proposition 39: CCSA is working to increase charter school participation and school district compliance statewide.
  • SB 740: CCSA is advocating in the Legislature for increased funding, as well as locally for more charter participation and to decrease in eligibility threshold.
  • SB 592: CCSA is working to ensure charter schools hold titles to their facilities.
  • Bonds: CCSA advocates statewide and regionally to ensure charter schools receive an equitable share of any voter-approved school construction bond.

Funding Equity

All of California's public schools have faced considerable budget challenges in recent years. Charter schools also face a number of unique, severe challenges around funding.

The California Charter Schools Association advocates to improve funding for charter schools, and to reduce funding inequities between charter schools and traditional public schools.

Learn about CCSA's work in the area of equitable funding.

Legal Advocacy

Legal challenges continue to be a major obstacle in the charter school movement. Many schools are forced to divert financial resources away from important educational programs in order to address challenges such as overregulation by authorizers and facilities inequities, among other things. CCSA's Legal Advocacy Team provides various resources to members and the general public in an effort to address these inequities.

Learn about CCSA's work in the area of legal advocacy.

Renewal Advocacy

In order to meet the challenges surrounding charter school renewals, CCSA works to ensure that state and authorizer laws, regulations and expectations related to the renewal process are clear and workable for charter schools.

Learn about CCSA's work in the area of charter school renewals.

Special Education Advocacy

Charter schools are public schools that deliver the promise of a quality education to ALL student populations, including those with disabilities and/or special needs. Despite challenges on the delivery of services, CCSA has achieved significant reforms so that charter schools can eliminate obstacles and concerns, and increase the number of special education services regionally and across the state.

Read more about our intensive work with members to solve special education challenges.