CCSA Answers: Campaigning on campus for a facilities bond measure

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May 14, 2015

Question: A facilities bond measure is being proposed by our authorizing school district. Our charter school would receive a substantial portion of the bond proceeds for new facilities, should the bond measure pass. Can our board members use charter school materials like computers and copy machines to generate flyers in support of the bond measure and hand them to our teachers to distribute to students and their parents?

Answer: No, state law prohibits using public funds and resources to support or oppose ballot measures. Because it is very likely that public funds were used to purchase the computers and copy machines and to pay for the staff time to distribute the flyers, a charter school should refrain from this activity. The distribution of election information on campus by board members and school staff is also not permitted. However, campaign literature distribution on public sidewalks or outside the school on public property is permitted, not only by board members, but by any member of the public.

For more information on the dos and don'ts of charter school advocacy, please read "Charter Schools and Advocacy Activities"