Westwood USD | BP 0420.4 Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans
Charter School Authorization
The Board of Trustees 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.
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/Principal 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 which 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.
(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 to clarify the financial and operational agreements between the district and the charter school. Any such memorandum of understanding shall be annually reviewed by the Board and charter school governing body and amended 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/Principal of Schools, the CDE, and the State Board of Education (SBE). (Education Code 47605)
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).
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)
41365 Charter school revolving loan fund
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
56026 Special education
5110-6910 Nonprofit public benefit corporations
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 24
101 et seq. California Building Standards Code
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6316 Program improvement
Ridgecrest Charter School v. Sierra Sands Unified School District, (2005) 130 Cal.App.4th 986
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
89 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 166 (2006)
80 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 52 (1997)
78 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 297 (1995)
The Role of the Charter School Authorizer, Online Course
Charter Schools: A Manual for Governance Teams, rev. 2009
Charter School Facilities and Proposition 39: Legal Implications for School Districts, 2005
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Sample Copy of a Memorandum of Understanding
Special Education and Charter Schools: Questions and Answers, September 10, 2002
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDANCE
Charter Schools Program, July 2004
The Impact of the New Title I Requirements on Charter Schools, July 2004
California Charter Schools Association: http://www.calcharters.org
California Department of Education, Charter Schools: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs
National Association of Charter School Authorizers: http://www.charterauthorizers.org
U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov
Policy WESTWOOD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: June 27, 2012 Westwood, California