AB 401: Oppose
Caps the Number of Charter Schools Allowed in California
- Imposes a cap of 1,450 charter schools in California through January 1, 2017
- Creates restrictive new rules around the hiring of relatives
Impact on Charter Schools
- Severely restricts the growth of charter schools in California- current law allows charter schools to grow by 100 schools each year (the cap for 2010-11 is 1,450) - by putting an artificial ceiling on the number of innovative charter schools in the state
- More important than the cap itself is the statement California would be making with this law: while states across the country are listening to President Obama's call for innovation and lifting their outdated charter school caps, California would be taking a huge step backwards
- If you are looking to open a charter school, or turn your stand-alone school into a network of schools, this bill puts those plans in jeopardy.
- The rules in the bill around nepotism are overly restrictive and limits schools' operational flexibility
CCSA Action & What You Can (and Did!) Do
- CCSA opposed this bill and advocated against it in the State Capitol
- Traditionally, CCSA has supported common-sense nepotism protections - we were the first to suggest it, in AB 1772 of 2008
- Members participated in CCSA Action Alerts several times this year about AB 401, generating hundreds of emails and calls to legislators.
- Thanks in large part to CCSA member participation in our Action Alerts on this bill, AB 401 is not moving forward this year.
- We must continue to stand firm against attacks to stop charter school growth, and we will need your help again if and when similar bills are introduced in the future.
In the News
- A Sacramento Bee editorial calls the bill "a big step backward" and implores the Senate Education Committee to "reject it, as it did a similar bill last year."
- The San Diego Union-Tribune says that a hard cap on charter schools isn't "reform," and another editorial decries "backdoor attempts to target the charter movement and limit its share of the education pie."
- John Fensterwald at the Educated Guess on AB 401's implications
- Jed Wallace, CCSA President & CEO, speaks out on the passage of AB 401 by the California State Assembly
- Neon Tommy, a web-based news source sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, featured on opinion piece on the bill.
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