The announcement of a compromise deal on charter public school-focused legislation, AB 1505, affirms that charter schools are here to stay as a permanent and valued fixture of California’s education system.
AB 1505 at a Glance
The original version of AB 1505 would have had devastating consequences for the most vulnerable students in our state. Advocates like you ensured that the most critical protections were maintained and that new provisions would be focused on our values of equity, quality, predictability and co-existence within our public education system. AB 1505 ensures that:
- Charter schools that are closing the achievement gap are granted a streamlined renewal, with the ability to now be renewed up to seven years.
- There is restoration of an appeals path to counties and the State Board of Education when a new or renewing charter school petition has been denied.
- Any consideration of the fiscal impact of a new charter school petition must be balanced with the academic needs of the students who are going to be served.
- A five-year transition exists for non-core charter school teachers to secure appropriate certification.
What is New for Charter Public Schools
AB 1505 introduces a new landscape for charter schools, including their petitions, existing school renewals, and charter school teacher credentialing. Key, new elements of AB 1505 include:
- Consideration of fiscal impact in a new charter school petition, though with the critical protection of needing to balance the academic need of students in the community being served.
- A 2-year moratorium on new nonclassroom based schools. Additional conditions for existing nonclassroom based schools are addressed in a different bill, AB 1507.
- A three-tiered charter renewal process based on the California School Dashboard color indexes.
- Certification by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for all non-core, non-college prep charter school teachers is now required, though with the critical protection of a five-year transition period