CCSA Issues Statement on the Approval of AB 913 by the Senate Education Committee

June 18, 2014

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President and CEO Jed Wallace of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) released the following statement regarding the negative impact on education and charter schools as a result of the approval of AB 913 by the Senate Education Committee today.

The Senate Education Committee took a misguided step today in passing Assembly Bill (AB) 913 (Chau), which would unfortunately require the same conflict of interest requirements on charter schools as traditional school districts and dismisses the core premise of the California Charter Schools Act of 1992 that provides charter schools with more governance flexibility.

CCSA is not opposed to conflict of interest requirements and strongly advocates for transparency in governance, however, this bill represents an approach that creates burdensome and unnecessary barriers for charter schools when flexibility for charter schools is critical to enable them to operate at optimal levels. Charter schools for example, especially regarding financial governance, often have fewer financial options, such as securing loans, than traditional school districts.

AB 913 requires charter schools to comply with open meeting requirements, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, Government Code 1090 (with certain exceptions), and other provisions, and now unduly impacts traditional charter school governance and contradicts longstanding charter law offering autonomy and opportunities for different operating structures than districts.

As the bill moves to a floor vote, CCSA will continue to vigorously oppose the measure and we strongly urge the California State Senate to reject AB 913 as it is the wrong course in addressing conflict of issue requirements for charter schools.