CDE Names New Charter Schools Division Director

The California Department of Education has announced the appointment of a new Charter Schools Division director. Stephanie Farland, who heads private consulting firm Collaborative Solutions for Charter Authorizers, was named to the post Nov. 13.

Before she founded her own consulting business, Farland spent 13 years training local governing boards on charter authorization as a Senior Policy Consultant with the California School Boards Association. she has also been a high school teacher for the Sacramento City Unified School District.

“I am pleased to add a professional with Stephanie’s knowledge of charter school issues to the CDE leadership team,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in a press release. “She is highly regarded as an expert in the field and for over a decade, has been a valuable resource and advisor to educational agencies and legislators throughout the state. Stephanie is a dedicated advocate and will lead the Charter School Division as it navigates new processes and changes, while continuing the ongoing support and guidance to charter schools on behalf of the students we serve.” 

The CDE’s Charter Schools Division oversees the state’s charter schools and administers the Federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program.


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