Governor Brown Takes Final Actions on Charter Related Legislation

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September 30, 2016 Thank you to the statewide community of charter supporters for your advocacy efforts during this legislative cycle. Below are final updates of actions taken by Governor Brown, who had until Sept. 30 to sign or veto legislation.

AB 709 (Gipson) Vetoed by Governor Brown

Governor Brown vetoed AB 709 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson. CCSA Opposed AB 709 because it would have imposed Government Code 1090 on charter schools, removed important flexibility for charter school governance, and cost charter schools time and money spent on compliance that is better spent in the classroom.

In his veto message, the Governor wrote:

"In 2014, I vetoed AB 913, a virtually identical bill. My reasons then were: Starting a charter school requires the strong commitment of dedicated individuals willing to serve on a governing board. While I support transparency, this bill goes further than simply addressing issues of potential conflicts of interest and goes too far in prescribing how these boards must operate. That's still my view."

You can read the Governor's full veto message here.

Thank you to the more than 450 charter school supporters who wrote to the Governor in opposition to AB 709!

AB 1198 (Dababneh) Vetoed by Governor Brown

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1198 by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh. AB 1198 was CCSA's sponsored legislation to save charter schools thousands of dollars on facilities through the provision of more affordable financing rates. Citing fiscal concerns, the Governor vetoed AB 1198 and three other education bills. You can read the Governor's full veto message here.

While the veto action is very disappointing, we remain committed to ensuring charter schools have equitable access to facilities in the next legislative session. We want to thank the more than 400 charter school supporters who advocated on behalf of charter students by writing to the Governor in support of AB 1198.

SB 739 (Pavley) Vetoed by Governor

On Sept. 30, Governor Brown vetoed SB 739 by Senator Fran Pavley. CCSA Opposed SB 739 which limited charter schools operating outside of district boundaries.

In his veto message, the Governor wrote:

"This bill attempts to address an issue, currently being reviewed by the State Auditor, whereby school districts authorize multiple charter schools outside of district boundaries to collect oversight fees. Let's review the audit when it's released next spring to better determine the scope of the issue and what, if any, policy changes are necessary."

You can read the Governor's full veto message here.