CCSA Files Legal Brief Supporting Charter School Flexibility

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November 18, 2011 The Fifth District Court of Appeal accepted CCSA's amicus curiae brief filed in Squillacote v. Ridgecrest Charter School. In this case, an "at-will" teacher filed a lawsuit challenging her dismissal by the charter school, claiming it did not comply with the teacher dismissal provisions under the Education Code applicable to school districts.

CCSA weighed in to protect charter schools' discretion under the Charter Schools Act to determine its teacher employment practices, and not have school district rules and procedures imposed on them. CCSA reinforced that this authority is expressly provided by Education Code section 47610 (referred to as the "megawaiver") and explained why the megawaiver is essential to the education reform mission of charter schools. This case represents the first time an appellate court will review the scope of the megawaiver.

We will keep you posted on any new developments in the case.