Prop. 39 Cycle Forges Ahead

February 11, 2012

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The Proposition 39 cycle continues to move forward this year, and on February 1, we once again marked the deadline for districts to respond with preliminary offers to charter schools that applied for facilities.

Charter schools are required to respond to these preliminary offers by March 1. CCSA has prepared important resources to assist members, including a template letter of response to the districts' preliminary offers, and for those that do not receive offers, a template letter requesting an offer immediately. To view the templates and get additional details, visit our Prop. 39 Resources and Templates page.

In the past, many districts have not complied with Prop. 39, and with that in mind, CCSA has been monitoring the process closer than ever. For instance, the Association sent letters this past month to certain districts in response to concerns with Prop. 39 compliance raised by CCSA and our members. The letters ask these districts to make offers of facilities for the 2012-13 school year that meet charter schools' facility needs and comply with Prop. 39. Our fight is far from over, however, and we continue to support our member schools as they face co-location issues, or criticism over the granting of space of closed district campuses.

An important victory for Prop. 39 statewide came in January in the Bullis Charter School case in the Los Altos School District. On January 16, the California Supreme Court denied review of a decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals, in which the district was found non-compliant with Prop. 39 after excluding over one million square feet of collective non-classroom space from its comparison group school analysis in its attempt to make an offer of "reasonably equivalent" facilities. This action by the Court lets stand the published decision for use throughout the state.

CCSA will continue to work with our members and districts to advocate for an increase in the quantity and quality of the Prop. 39 offers for reasonably equivalent facilities for charter school students. Our message has been, and continues to be, that charter schools are public schools, and public school students should not be treated like second class citizens when it comes to their education. They deserve no less.

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