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Sausalito Marin City SD |  BP  0420.41  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Charter School Oversight   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes its ongoing responsibility to ensure that any charter school authorized by the Board is successfully fulfilling the terms of its charter and is providing a high-quality educational program for students enrolled in the charter school.

(cf. 0420.4 - Charter School Authorization)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

The Superintendent or designee shall identify at least one staff member to serve as a contact for each charter school. (Education Code 47604.32)

The Board and Superintendent or designee may inspect or observe any part of the charter school at any time. The Superintendent or designee shall visit each charter school at least annually. (Education Code 47604.32, 47607)

Whenever a charter school operates as or is operated by a nonprofit public benefit corporation as authorized by Education Code 47604, the Superintendent shall recommend and the Board shall appoint a district representative, who may be the district's charter school contact, to serve as a voting or nonvoting member of the corporation's board of directors.

Provision of District Services

The district may charge for the actual costs of supervisorial oversight of a charter school not to exceed one percent of the charter school's revenue. If the district is able to provide substantially rent-free facilities to the charter school, the district may charge actual costs up to three percent of the charter school's revenue for supervisorial oversight. (Education Code 47613)

(cf. 7160 - Charter School Facilities)

The charter school may separately purchase administrative or other services from the district or any other source. (Education Code 47613)

At the request of a charter school, the Superintendent or designee shall create and submit any reports required by the State Teachers' Retirement System or Public Employees' Retirement System on behalf of the charter school. The charter school may be charged for the actual costs of the reporting services, but shall not be required to purchase payroll processing services from the district as a condition for creating and submitting these reports. (Education Code 47611.3)

Waivers

If the charter school wishes to request a general waiver of any state law or regulation, it shall request that the Superintendent or designee submit a general waiver request to the State Board of Education (SBE) on its behalf.

Material Revisions to Charter

Material revisions to a charter may be made only with Board approval. Material revisions shall be governed by the same standards and criteria that apply to new charter petitions as set forth in Education Code 47605 and shall include, but not be limited to, a reasonably comprehensive description of any new requirement of charter schools enacted into law after the charter was originally granted or last renewed. (Education Code 47607)

If an approved charter school proposes to expand operations to one or more additional sites within the district's boundaries, the charter school shall request a material revision to its charter and shall notify the Board of those additional locations. The Board shall consider approval of the additional locations at an open meeting. (Education Code 47605)

The Board shall have the authority to determine whether a proposed change in charter school operations constitutes a material revision.

Monitoring Charter School Performance

The Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the Board on the charter school's performance, based on the academic and fiscal accountability measures specified in the approved charter.

In providing general oversight of a charter school, the Board and the Superintendent or designee shall determine whether the school complies with all legal requirements applicable to charter schools, including making all reports required of charter schools in accordance with Education Code 47604.32.

The Board shall monitor the fiscal condition of the charter school based on any financial information obtained from the charter school, including, but not limited to, the charter school's preliminary budget, first and second interim financial reports, and final unaudited report for the full prior year. (Education Code 47604.32, 47604.33)

The Board shall monitor each charter school to determine whether it is achieving the outcomes for student learning set forth in the charter agreement. In addition, the Board shall determine whether the charter school makes "adequate yearly progress" as defined by the SBE and federal Title I accountability requirements. If a charter school fails to make adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years, the Board shall take action for program improvement in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulations.

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

Evaluation data for the charter school shall be considered in the Board's determination of the renewal or revocation of a charter.

(cf. 0420.42 - Charter School Renewal)

(cf. 0420.43 - Charter School Revocation)

School Closure

In the event that the Board revokes or denies renewal of a charter or the school closes for any other reason, the Superintendent or designee shall provide assistance, when applicable in accordance with the charter and/or a memorandum of understanding, to facilitate the transfer of the charter school's former students and to finalize financial reporting and close-out.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide notification to the California Department of Education, within 10 calendar days, if the charter school will cease operation for any reason. Such notification shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the circumstances of the closure, the effective date of the closure, and the location of student and personnel records. (Education Code 47604.32; 5 CCR 11962.1)

Policy SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 26, 2013 Sausalito, California