Education Bills Update: Governor Brown Acts on SB 97, SB 344 and SB 379

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September 27, 2013 capitol_sunset.jpg (Feature: Small Thumbnail)Governor Brown has acted on three bills that CCSA is tracking. Any bills that made it through the end of session are currently marked as enrolled and are awaiting signature on Governor Brown's desk. The Governor has until October 13 to sign or veto bills.

  • SB 97 (Budget Committee) Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): The Governor has signed SB 97. This bill makes technical changes and corrections to the LCFF. A prior version of the bill would have resulted in reduced funding for many new charter schools and those subject to the concentration cap. However, those amendments were removed thanks in great part to our members' vigorous objections and engagement, and the bill no longer has a negative impact on charter schools.

  • SB 344 (Padilla) LCFF: The Governor has vetoed SB 344. This bill proposed many changes to the Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) required under LCFF for charter schools and schools districts. The veto messages stated, "this bill interferes with the work of the State Board of Education as it implements, through an open and transparent process, the Local Control Funding Formula. Moreover, it contains provisions contrary to the July budget agreement. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill." CCSA is deeply involved in the regulatory process for LCAP, and the Governor's veto of SB 344 will allow the process to continue without adjusting for additional requirements.

  • SB 379 (Hancock) Early College High Schools: The Governor has signed SB 379. CCSA supported this bill, which clarifies the minimum school day requirement for charter high schools operating as early college high schools if students are also enrolled part time in classes at the University of California, California State University, or a community college.

Visit our At the Capitol page to monitor the status of legislation affecting charter schools.

Also, with session over, legislators are in their home districts through the end of the year. Be sure to invite your legislators to visit your schools! Need help? Email us.