CCSA Answers: Collecting Signatures for Both a New Charter Petition and Proposition 39

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March 11, 2016 Question: May the signature form for a new charter petition also be used to collect Proposition 39 signatures?

Answer: Some districts have their own Prop 39 forms which they require charter schools to use. Charter school leaders should inquire with their district to determine if district forms are required. If a district does not have its own Prop 39 form, charter schools should use forms specifically designed to demonstrate meaningful interest in enrollment for Prop 39 purposes. A sample intent to enroll form can be found at the link below. Given the increased level of significance that school districts have placed on intent to enroll forms in recent cycles, charter school attorneys recommend that intent to enroll forms be submitted in addition to charter petition signatures collected by new schools.

To receive legal assistance with your school's Prop 39 request through CCSA's Prop 39 Pro Bono Review Program, please contact us at Prop39@ccsa.org. For additional Prop 39 resources please visit: http://www.calcharters.org/2010/05/proposition-39.html