Demand Your Proposition 39 Facility

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August 30, 2011 In 2010, more than 150 charter schools participated in the Proposition 39 process. As a result, many received quality, single--and, in some cases, multi-year--offers on traditional school campuses. These facilities provided the operators with valuable buildings, for minimal costs, thereby enabling them to redirect the funds normally expended on leases towards what is most important...the classroom.

As charter schools begin the school year, it is important to start planning for the upcoming Proposition 39 deadlines. If you are planning on applying to your district for facilities for the 2012-13 school year, it is critical you begin that process now.

To qualify for Prop. 39 facilities, a new or existing charter school must provide projections demonstrating at least 80 in-district students who are meaningfully interested in enrolling in the charter school for the 2012-13 school year.

Every charter school contemplating the need for additional space or new facilities should apply for Prop. 39 space within their District. By doing so, you are not only demanding fair and equal treatment for your students, you are also placing the District on notice of your current and projected facilities needs, and compelling them to make every effort possible to fulfill this need. You also will have the security of knowing that a district-owned site is available for use, if you so require it.

The deadline for ALL Prop. 39 applications is Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

In order to assist our members, CCSA will be providing templates, pro-bono legal reviews for member applications in selected regions, and technical support from CCSA's Help Desk. This year, we will be trying something new for our workshops, offering free online and on-demand workshops, which you will be able to access at your own convenience. There will also be scheduled "office hours" with our legal experts for any questions.

Be sure to look to the Members Blog and future editions of the Weekly Member Digest for more information.