Letters on Public School Choice

EdVoice fights to empower families to pick a public school that best meets the needs of their child. To enable families to make the best informed decision for their child, EdVoice works to ensure unbiased information on student learning in all public schools is easily accessible.

 Charter School Cap 

May 11, 2021 - Assembly Appropriations - AB 1316 - Support

EdVoice written opposition to AB 1316. AB 1316 establishes a defacto school cap, enrollment cap, and a funding cut to quality law-abiding education programs in the nonprofit nonclassroom and classroom based charter public school sector that have been very successful for students during, and before, the pandemic. The state already underfunds bricks and mortar charter schools in the Local Control Funding Formula and fails to fund nonclassroom based charter schools comparably to independent study in traditional school districts.

 Funding Growth at   Charter Schools 

August 26, 2020 - Senate Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review - AB 1865 - Oppose

EdVoice opposes the blanket prohibition of funding student growth in non-classroom based charter schools. Under the current budget and AB 1865, non-classroom based schools will be unconstitutionally deprived of equitable state-aid generated by students for school accounts under Proposition 98.

 Funding Growth at   Charter Schools 

August 24, 2020 - Assembly Committee on Budget - SB 820 - Support If Amended

The amendments to SB 820 create an inequity issue by prohibiting any funding for new students at non-classroom based charter schools. Non-classroom based schools will be unconstitutionally deprived of funds generated by students under Proposition 98 and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

 Charter School   Moratorium 

June 24, 2020 - Press Release - EdVoice Statement on AB 77

EdVoice strongly opposes the charter school or any other quality school growth enrollment moratorium.
Thousands of parents have found charters and other schools open, safe and teaching students effectively. Especially now during a pandemic, California should not be cutting out successful options for children and families.

 Prohibitions on   Educational   Enrichment Activities 

June 4, 2020 - Assembly Floor Alert - AB 2990 - Oppose

AB 2990 would prohibit an entire sector of public schools in good standing from providing a holistic and well-rounded public education to students, impose complex and ill-defined audit requirements, impose burdensome contracting requirements, and force charter authorizers to micro-manage school building level policy—all forcing needless increases in both charter schools’ and charter authorizers’ administrative costs at a time when all schools are facing deep budget cuts and significant inter-year cash deferrals.

 Charter School   Moratorium 

September 12, 2019 - Press Release - EdVoice Statement on AB 1505 and AB 1507

The proposed changes to the charter public school law in California represent a setback for students and families trapped in zip-code assigned historically failing schools and denial of a real choice for an equitable opportunity to access a quality public education and succeed in life. While some high-performing schools could be re-authorized for an extra two years, schools unquestionably providing strong academic programs for students and best-fit choices for parents would be subject to additional denial criteria unrelated to the academic achievement of students.

 Restrictions on   Charter School   Boundaries 

April 2, 2019 - Assembly Education Committee - AB 1507 - Oppose

EdVoice opposition to AB 1507, which would eliminate the authority of charter schools to locate outside of the charter-granting district’s boundaries when facilities are unavailable within the district’s boundaries or if there is a construction or expansion project. The bill would also only allow charter schools one resource center within the jurisdiction of the school district where the charter is physically located.

 Charter School Cap 

April 2, 2019 - Assembly Education Committee - AB 1506 - Oppose

EdVoice opposition to AB 1506, which places a limit on the total number of charter public schools allowed to operate in the state. The cap in AB 1506 is an arbitrary one, based not on the quality or effectiveness of any given school, nor the academic outcomes of its students, but simply on how many charter schools are authorized and in operation as of January 1, 2020.

 Renewals for Charter   Schools 

April 2, 2019 - Assembly Education Committee - AB 1505 - Oppose

EdVoice opposition to AB 1505, which would remove any meaningful right of appeal for charter school petitioners and eliminate the objective, specific review criteria used by charter school authorizers. This bill would weaken the renewal and authorizing process and dampen the autonomy that is fundamental to charter schools and the success they have had on improving outcomes for many of California’s disadvantaged students.

 Intradistrict Transfers   for High-Need   Students 

June 7, 2018 - Senate Education Committee - AB 3086 - Support

EdVoice is in strong support of AB 3086 (Kiley), which would allow currently or recently former homeless and migrant students, as defined, foster, and bullied youth to transfer to another public school that is the best fit for their educational needs without first having to seek approval from the school district to leave their zip-code assigned school. Importantly, this measure ensures quality public school options are truly available by providing for transportation to the school of enrollment, at the request of the parent or guardian.