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Elk Grove USD  |  BP  0420.4  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Charter School Authorization   

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The Board of Education recognizes that charter schools may assist the district in offering diverse learning opportunities for district students. In considering any petition to establish a charter school within the district, the Board shall give careful consideration to the potential of the charter school to provide students with a high-quality education that enables them to achieve to their fullest potential.

Charter School Petitions

A charter school petition must be submitted on or before November 1 of the school year preceding the year in which the charter school plans to open. Petitioners must submit the petition during the public comment portion of a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education. The Board will review carefully all timely submitted charter school proposals and any supplemental information, consider public and staff input, and determine whether the charter petition adequately addresses all the provisions required by law and demonstrates sound educational practice.

One or more persons may submit a petition for a start-up charter school to be established within the district. In addition, an existing district school may be converted to a charter school when deemed beneficial by the district and community or when state or federal law requires restructuring of the school because of low performance.

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

Any petition for a start-up charter school or conversion charter school shall include all components and signatures required by law and shall be submitted to the Board.

The Superintendent or designee may work with charter school petitioners prior to the formal submission of the petition in order to ensure compliance of the petition with legal requirements. As needed, he/she also may meet with the petitioners to establish workable plans for technical assistance or contracted services that the district may provide to the proposed charter school.

Within 30 days of receiving a petition to establish a charter school, the Board shall hold a public hearing to determine the level of support for the petition by teachers, other employees of the district, and parents/guardians. (Education Code 47605)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

Within 60 days of receiving a petition, or within 90 days with mutual consent of the petitioners and the Board, the Board shall either approve or deny the request to establish the charter school. (Education Code 47605)

The approval or denial of a charter petition shall not be controlled by collective bargaining agreements nor subject to review or regulation by the Public Employment Relations Board. (Education Code 47611.5)

Approval of Petition

The Board shall approve the charter petition if doing so is consistent with sound educational practice. In granting charters, the Board shall give preference to schools best able to provide comprehensive learning experiences for academically low-achieving students according to standards established by the California Department of Education (CDE) under Education Code 54032. (Education Code 47605)

The Board may initially grant a charter for a specified term not to exceed five years. (Education Code 47607)

(cf. 0420.42 - Charter School Renewal)

(cf. 0420.43 - Charter School Revocation)

The Board shall ensure that any approved charter contains adequate processes and measures for holding the school accountable for fulfilling the terms of its charter. These shall include, but not be limited to, fiscal accountability systems, multiple measures for evaluating the educational program, and regular reports to the Board. A charter school shall submit annually a financial audit and program audit.

(cf. 0420.41 - Charter School Oversight)

The district shall not require any district student to attend the charter school nor shall it require any district employee to work at the charter school. (Education Code 47605)

The Board may approve one or more memoranda of understanding (MOU) to clarify the financial and operational agreements between the district and the charter school. An MOU may address issues pertaining to business operations, administrative and support services, special education, and student assessment. The Board and the charter school governing board may, by mutual agreement, amend the MOU as necessary.

It shall be the responsibility of the petitioners to provide written notice of the Board's approval and a copy of the charter to the County Superintendent of Schools, the CDE, and the State Board of Education (SBE). (Education Code 47605) Additionally, the petitioners shall notify the District once this responsibility has been completed.

Denial of Petition

The Board shall deny any petition to authorize the conversion of a private school to a charter school or that proposes to serve students in a grade level that is not served by the district, unless the petition proposes to serve students in all the grade levels served by the district. (Education Code 47602, 47605; 5 CCR 11965)

Any other charter petition shall be denied only if the Board presents written factual findings specific to the petition that one or more of the following conditions exist: (Education Code 47605)

1. The charter school presents an unsound educational program for the students to be enrolled in the charter school.

2. The petitioners are demonstrably unlikely to successfully implement the program set forth in the petition.

3. The petition does not contain the number of signatures required.

4. The petition does not contain an affirmation of each of the conditions described in Education Code 47605(d).

5. The petition does not contain reasonably comprehensive descriptions of the charter provisions in Education Code 47605(b).

6. The petition does not contain a declaration as to whether the charter school shall be deemed the exclusive school employer of the employees of the charter school for purposes in Chapter 10.7 (commencing with section 3540) of Division 4 of Title I of the Government Code.

The Board shall not deny a petition based on the actual or potential costs of serving students with disabilities, nor shall it deny a petition solely because the charter school might enroll disabled students who reside outside the special education local plan area in which the district participates. (Education Code 47605.7, 47647)

(cf. 0430 - Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)

If the Board denies a petition, the petitioners may choose to submit the petition to the County Board of Education and, if then denied by the County Board, to the SBE. (Education Code 47605)

Legal Reference:


220 Nondiscrimination

17078.52-17078.66 Charter schools facility funding; state bond proceeds

17280-17317 Field Act

17365-17374 Field Act, fitness for occupancy

41365 Charter school revolving loan fund

42238.51-42238.53 Funding for charter districts

44237 Criminal record summary

44830.1 Certificated employees, conviction of a violent or serious felony

45122.1 Classified employees, conviction of a violent or serious felony

46201 Instructional minutes

47600-47616.7 Charter Schools Act of 1992

47640-47647 Special education funding for charter schools

47650-47652 Funding of charter schools

51745-51749.3 Independent study

52052 Numerically significant student subgroup, definition

53300-53303 Parent Empowerment Act

56026 Special education

56145-56146 Special education services in charter schools


5110-6910 Nonprofit public benefit corporations


3540-3549.3 Educational Employment Relations Act


4800-4808 Parent Empowerment Act

11700.1-11705 Independent study

11960-11969 Charter schools


101 et seq. California Building Standards Code


6316 Program improvement

7223-7225 Charter schools


Ridgecrest Charter School v. Sierra Sands Unified School District, (2005) 130 Cal.App.4th 986


89 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 166 (2006)

80 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 52 (1997)

78 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 297 (1995)

Management Resources:


The Role of the Charter School Authorizer, Online Course

Charter Schools: A Guide for Governance Teams, rev. 2016

Charter School Facilities and Proposition 39: Legal Implications for School Districts, 2005


Sample Copy of a Memorandum of Understanding

Special Education and Charter Schools: Questions and Answers, September 10, 2002


Charter Schools Program, July 2004

The Impact of the New Title I Requirements on Charter Schools, July 2004



California Charter Schools Association:

California Department of Education, Charter Schools:

National Association of Charter School Authorizers:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: May 17, 1999 Elk Grove, California

revised: October 3, 2006

revised: November 7, 2017