Charter Schools Presentation by MCOE

A workshop on the Basics of California Charter Schools. Presented by: Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance (FCMAT);  School Services of California (SSC);  Marin County Office of Education

Key Slides from the slide version (below) of the above presentation:


Charter schools are independently run public schools that are given greater operational flexibility in exchange for greater performance-based accountability

The number of charter schools statewide now exceeds the number of traditional public school districts

A charter school authorizer may be a school district, county office of education (COE) or the State Board of Education (SBE)

Charter schools are overseen by their authorizers, which is similar in structure to how a COE oversees a school district

Charters are established by legally binding agreement: charter petition and memorandum of understanding (MOU)


California’s Charter School Act 1992

  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity
    to be responsible for the learning program at the school site
  • Provide parents and students with expanded educational opportunities within
    the public school system without the constraints of traditional rules and
  • Provide schools a way to shift from a rule-based to a performance-based
    system of accountability
  • Provide competition within the public school system to stimulate
    improvements in all public schools
Proposition 39 (2000) Facilities

• Proposition 39’s (2000) provisions relating to charter schools are based on two premises:

  • Students in public charter schools are entitled to reasonable access to a safe and secure learning environment
  • Public school facilities should be shared fairly among all public school pupils, including those in charter schools

Proposition 39 (2000) requires that school districts provide reasonably equivalent, contiguous, furnished, and equipped space to charter schools serving in-district students in classroom-based instruction

  • Must provide sufficient facilities to accommodate all of the charter school’s in-district students

Alternatives to Proposition 39 (2000)

Providing charter schools with the opportunity to redevelop vacant or underutilized sites provides benefits to both the district and the charter school

  • Properties that were a drain to the district, both financially and politically, can once again become a useful asset
  • Properties provide a viable and sometimes less controversial alternative to Proposition 39 (2000)
  • Has the potential to garner sustainable revenue streams and/or decrease district expenses

Advice to School Districts

School districts should have policies and procedures in place to ensure equitable distribution of real property

Programs should be established or requests should be considered with the broader picture in mind,    In other words, if approached by a charter school, ensure that the opportunity, when appropriate, is provided to all charter schools

  • Requests for proposals should be utilized
  • Template language should be developed for agreements to ensure fairness
    and guard against the perception of favoritism

And here is the full slide presentation of the material:

Marin COE - Charter Schools Presentation 8-21-18 HANDOUT (BG + FCMAT)

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