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AB-1224 Charter schools: chartering authorities: foundational principles.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to ensure all of the following:
(a) That charter schools provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain charter schools that operate independently from the existing school districts and therefore should be recognized as the most local of all forms of public education.
(b) That charter schools be governed with transparency and according to the highest ethical standards.
(c) That charter schools operate with the least restrictive monitoring and oversight possible while still protecting the best interests of pupils and the public.
(d) That the actions and decisions of effective chartering authorities be guided by the following values:
(1) Autonomy: a chartering authority acknowledges the operational and educational independence of charter schools and the flexibility and autonomy of charter school governing bodies.
(2) Transparency: a chartering authority provides predictability and clarity to charter schools regarding criteria, process, and timeframes for petition review and oversight.
(3) Accountability: a chartering authority exhibits objectivity aligned with statutory criteria and for charter review and oversight that provides for efficient and rigorous outcome-based evaluation and decisions.
(4) Equity: a chartering authority treats charter schools fairly in allocating local resources, including public school facilities, and ensures charter schools provide equitable access to all pupils.

SEC. 2.

 Section 47604.32 of the Education Code is amended to read:

47604.32.
 (a) A chartering authority shall look to the following foundational principles in implementing this act:
(1) Charter schools provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently from school districts and therefore should be recognized as the most local of all forms of public education.
(2) Through charter school approval and oversight, a chartering authority serves the interests of pupils and the public.
(3) A charter school operates with monitoring and oversight that is the least restrictive possible while still protecting the best interests of the pupils and the public.
(4) Chartering authorities hold charter schools accountable for results in exchange for the substantial autonomy and flexibility granted to charter schools under this act.
(5) Charter schools are governed with transparency and according to the highest ethical standards.
(6) Accountability for results includes maintaining high standards for performance in academics, operations, governance, and finance.
(7) Standards for performance include ensuring access and pursuing achievement for all pupils.
(a) (b)  Each chartering authority, in addition to any other duties imposed by this part, shall do all of the following with respect to each charter school under its authority:
(1) Identify at least one staff member as a contact person for the charter school.
(2) Visit each charter school at least annually.
(3) Ensure that each charter school under its authority complies with all reports required of charter schools by law, including the local control and accountability plan and annual update to the local control and accountability plan required pursuant to Section 47606.5.
(4) Monitor the fiscal condition of each charter school under its authority.
(5) Provide timely notification to the department if any of the following circumstances occur or will occur with regard to a charter school for which it is the chartering authority:
(A) A renewal of the charter is granted or denied.
(B) The charter is revoked.
(C) The charter school will cease operation for any reason.
(b) (c)  The cost of performing the duties required by this section shall be funded with supervisorial oversight fees collected pursuant to Section 47613.

SEC. 3.

 Section 47604.33 of the Education Code is amended to read:

47604.33.
 (a) Each charter school shall annually prepare and submit the following reports to its chartering authority and the county superintendent of schools, or only to the county superintendent of schools if the county board of education is the chartering authority:
(1) On or before July 1, a preliminary budget. For a charter school in its first year of operation, the information submitted pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 47605 satisfies this requirement.
(2) On or before July 1, a local control and accountability plan and an annual update to the local control and accountability plan required pursuant to Section 47606.5.
(3) On or before December 15, an interim financial report. This report shall reflect changes through October 31.
(4) On or before March 15, a second interim financial report. This report shall reflect changes through January 31.
(5) On or before September 15, a final unaudited report for the full prior year.
(b) The chartering authority shall use any financial information it obtains from the charter school, including, but not limited to, the reports required by this section, to assess the fiscal condition of the charter school pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) (b)  of Section 47604.32.
(c) The cost of performing the duties required by this section shall be funded with supervisorial oversight fees collected pursuant to Section 47613.
SEC. 4.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.