March 1 is Deadline to Respond to Prop. 39 Preliminary Offers

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February 23, 2016 School districts were required to provide eligible Prop. 39 applicants with preliminary offers of facilities by February 1. Charter schools must respond to these offers no later than March 1, 2016, expressing any concerns with the offer and/or making counter-offers. Has the school district provided a preliminary offer of space?

If YES, the district has provided a preliminary offer of space, charter schools should respond to the district's preliminary offer and express any concerns, address differences between the preliminary offer and the charter school's request, and present any counter-offers the school may wish to make.

If NO, the district has not provided a preliminary offer of space, the charter school should remind the district that the charter school made a valid Prop. 39 facilities request (which the district is legally obligated to honor) and request a preliminary offer of space.

March Deadline Template Samples:
- Preliminary Proposal of Facilities Received, Template Letter to District
- Preliminary Proposal of Facilities Not Received, Template Letter to District

In addition, CCSA will continue to offer the Prop 39 Pro Bono Review Program so that participating schools can receive a free legal review of preliminary facilities offers from school districts, and obtain assistance drafting responses to those offers.

If your school is interested in receiving legal assistance with reviewing and responding to your preliminary offer, please email us at Prop39@ccsa.org. A member of our team will coordinate with outside counsel to help you receive assistance. If your school has already begun working with Pro Bono counsel earlier in this Prop 39 process, please continue working directly with your Pro Bono Review Program attorney.

We look forward to assisting you at this critical juncture in the Prop. 39 process. Please contact Prop39@ccsa.org if you have any questions or would like more information.