Managing Charter Schools Workshop


Charter schools have continued to experience growth in student  enrollment and in the number of 
schools. The growth in California charter school student enrollment has been steady for the last 
several years and not anticipated to change much in the near future. The number of active charter 
schools is just above 1,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Traditional school agencies approving charter schools - potential liability issues, Proposition 39 requirements, and other ralated changes in state law. 

This workshop will help school agencies meet their oversight responsibilities, evaluate - and improve - proposals for new and renewal charter schools, and respond to requests for facilities. In addition, this workshop will provide opportunities for authoring agencies to learn and share best practices and experiences.

State law provides that a charter school application cannot be denied unless certain findings are made, and given the very short timelines for responding to charter school proposals, school agencies must be prepared before a proposal is submitted. Similarly, since school districts must provide facilities for district residents attending charter schools - even if another agency approved the charter school and even if the district is already at capacity regarding facilities - school districts need to be aware of their obligations under current law and plan ahead on how to accommodate facility requests.


  • How do you evaluate a charter school proposal?
  • What elements in a proposal are predictors of success or potential problems?
  • What are the criteria for approving/denying a charter?
  • What is the projected impact on your school agency?
  • What facilities is your agency obligated to provide to charter schools under the new 
    Proposition 39 regulations, and how do you respond to facility requests? 
  • What does the approving agency need to do to oversee a charter school and best practices?
  • How can you reduce your school agency’s liability exposure?
  • What issues should be negotiated between the school agency and the charter school?
  • Changes in law
  • Suggested model board policies, memorandums of understanding, and operating agreements
  • The Charter School Funding Model
  • Special education issues


$175 for SSC Clients
$275 for nonclients

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.
Program begins at 8:30 a.m.
Adjourns at 12:30 p.m.


SSC Clients:

$175 per attendee
$275 per attendee

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Dates and Locations
March 05, 2013   Yolo County Office of Education  
March 08, 2013   Fresno County Office of Education  
March 11, 2013   Orange County Department of Education  
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