Wellstone Club Resolution On Regulating Charter Schools – passed by the ACDCC April 3rd, 2019

Whereas, the proliferation of charter schools in California has undermined our democratic public education system, draining resources from our most vulnerable communities and children already most impacted by racism and poverty and transferring those resources to privately-governed charter schools and

Whereas, the California Charter School Act of 1992 has eroded local control of public school districts by not permitting local school boards to deny a new charter school based on the impact it would have on the district’s public schools and also, by allowing charter operators to appeal denials from the local school board to the county and state boards of education.

Whereas, Charter Schools in California discriminate against high needs students by not offering programs for and not enrolling a proportionate number of Newcomers and students with disabilities, especially moderate and severe disabilities,

Therefore, be it resolved that the California Charter School Act of 1992 be amended to restore local control to public school districts, including consideration, in determining whether to approve a new charter school petition, of the financial, academic, and facilities impacts the new charter school would have on neighborhood public schools and also, giving locally elected school boards the sole authority to approve and renew charter school petitions, and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the California Charter School Act of 1992 be amended to require charter schools to offer programs for and enroll a proportionate number of Newcomers and students with special needs, including those with moderate and severe disabilities, as in the public school district in which they are located.