CDE Issues New Guidance on Parent Service Hours

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January 29, 2015 The California Department of Education has released new guidance addressing parent service hour requirements in public schools. Fiscal Management Advisory 15-01 makes clear that public schools, including charter public schools, may not require parent volunteer hours or payment of a fee in lieu of performing volunteer hours as a condition of enrollment or participation in school programs.

This Advisory was issued as a result of engagement by Public Advocates and CCSA, following the release of a report by Public Advocates last November, which called into question the parent involvement policies of many charter schools across the state. While CCSA believes that many charter schools are complying with the law, CCSA has worked with Public Advocates and the CDE since the release of that report to issue guidance that will assist charter schools in developing charter petitions and other foundational documents that reflect the practices that should be universal across the charter school sector in California.

CCSA has also developed new guidance on this topic, which is consistent with the Advisory issued by CDE. To view this guidance and sample policies, visit our website.