Your Voice Needed to Oppose Critical Charter School Legislation: AB 913

June 6, 2014

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Assembly Bill (AB) 913 (Chau) will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on June 18. While this bill intends to establish "good government" conflict of interest requirements for charter schools, it really creates burdensome and unnecessary barriers for charter schools. AB 913 ignores the core premise of the California Charter Schools Act of 1992 and imposes the same conflict of interest requirements on charter schools as traditional school districts.

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In fact, recent amendments to AB 913 further take away critical flexibility for charter schools. AB 913 continues to impose Government Code 1090 on charter schools, which would place extreme limits on who is allowed to serve on a charter school board. Further, the bill would prohibit board members from making loans or lease agreements thereby shutting off an important avenue charter schools have in securing vital resources.

AB 913 is in stark contrast to our sponsored legislation on this same issue, SB 1317 (Huff). Whereas SB 1317, which is dead for the year, recognized the unique status and needs of charter schools through specific carve outs and exceptions in the law, AB 913 attempts to re-regulate charter schools by treating them exactly like a traditional school.

We urge you to take action now to contact members of the Senate Education Committee to express your opposition to AB 913 today and ensure that this bill does not move forward.