AB 401: Oppose

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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with this law: while states across the country are listening to President Obama's call for innovation and lifting their outdated charter school caps, California would be taking a huge step backwards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.

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