New charter bills focus on charter industry oversight

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Above: Teachers and parents meet with Assemblymember Tom Lackey on the need for charter accountability and transparency. The delegation (including UTLA PACE Chair Ingrid Gunnell, second from left, and parent Hilda Guzman, fourth from left) shared their personal front-line stories about how the abuses of the charter industry are hurting public schools.

 

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Bills target charter industry abuses

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Four critical bills have been introduced in the legislature that would bring common-sense accountability and oversight to the charter industry. Together, these bills will restore power back to local school boards and parents, ensuring billionaire-backed charters won't destabilize our schools anymore.

These four bills follow the swift passage of Senate Bill 126 in March, which requires charter school boards to comply with the same open meeting and conflict-of-interest laws as district school boards and ensures board members don’t have a financial interest in contracts on which they vote.

 

Introduced Legislative Bills

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AB 1505: LOCAL CONTROL OVER CHARTERS
AB 1505 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell would give control back to local elected school boards to decide whether a charter school is the right fit for their communities, instead of unelected officials who are geographically far away.

 

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AB 1506: CAP ON CHARTER GROWTH
AB 1506 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty would establish a cap on the growth of charter schools, limiting the destabilizing impact of the unchecked charter expansion pushed by privatizers and the corporate charter lobby.

 

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AB 1507: CHARTERS MUST OPERATE LOCALLY
AB 1507 by Assemblymember Christy Smith would close a loophole in current law that allows a charter school to operate outside of its authorizing district.

 

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AB 1508: FISCAL IMPACT ON LOCAL DISTRICTS
AB 1508 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta would allow local school boards to consider facilities, fiscal, and academic impacts on the district when considering new charter school petitions. This is especially critical for school districts like LAUSD, where the unchecked growth of charters drains more than $600 million from neighborhood public schools.