For Charter Schools, AB 1505 is a Mixed Bag

AB 1505 has been sent to the governor’s desk. If signed, it would represent the most sweeping set of regulations on charter schools in 27 years.

The crux of the bill is the empowerment of local school districts in the charter approval process. AB 1505 would give school boards more power to stop new charter schools from opening — namely, when the programs “duplicate a program currently offered” or when they can cause the district significant fiscal harm.

But it’s not all bad news for charters. The law also preserves some important protections, which were key to preventing the California Charter Schools Association’s opposition. These include faster renewals for charters that are bridging the achievement gap and allowing charters to continue appealing denied petitions to county offices and the State Board of Education.

Read more on the CCSA's position here