Invitation for ACCS Appointment
Applications Invited for Appointment to the
Advisory Commission on
September 5, 2017
The State Board of Education (SBE) is currently seeking applications from individuals who are a parent or guardian of a student(s) attending a charter school and representatives of a district governing board to serve on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS). The deadline for submittal of the application and all requested supporting documents is 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
The role of the ACCS is to support the SBE. The SBE has policy-making authority on a number of issues related to individual charter schools and the California charter system as a whole. Upon request by the SBE, the ACCS shall advise the State Board on all aspects of the State Board’s duties under the Charter Schools Act of 1992.
One important role of the ACCS involves the consideration of an appeal to the SBE by charter petitioners that have been denied at the local level. ACCS members review charter petitions and analyses presented by the California Department of Education (CDE) Charter Schools Division. ACCS conducts hearings to make recommendations to the SBE based on information from petitioners, CDE staff and local authorizers. In addition, the ACCS reviews and recommends to the SBE appropriate funding levels for non-classroom based charter schools. The SBE may also request that the ACCS advise the SBE on other charter related policies. The ACCS meetings are attended by one or both SBE member charter liaisons to observe the deliberations.
California Education Code Section 47634.2 (b) provides that the composition of the SBE's appointments shall include, but is not limited to, representatives from school district superintendents, charter schools, teachers, parents, members of the governing boards of school districts, county superintendents of schools, and others. Any of the SBE appointments may represent multiple categories listed in statute. The ninth member of the ACCS is an appointment made by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The SBE is currently only seeking applications from individuals who are a parent or guardian of a student(s) attending a charter school and representatives of a district governing board. The SBE encourages individuals with strong knowledge, experience, and interest in effective charter operations and authorization and in other state charter school policy to apply.
Term of Office
Each of the individuals selected to be ACCS members will start a two-year term beginning in February 2018.
Frequency of Meetings
The ACCS generally meets for one day in Sacramento every other month (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, and Dec). Depending upon workload, the SBE or CDE may call for additional meetings.
Travel, Lodging, and Other Expenses
Commission members will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses related to Commission meetings only, at the same rate applicable for CDE staff. No reimbursement will be made for other activities.
The application form may be found at the SBE Application Information Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/ab/index.asp].
Please note that the application form requests that applicants provide both a resume and two letters of recommendation. The SBE also requests that applicants provide a letter of one page or less explaining their interest in and qualifications for serving on the ACCS. A single PDF of the application that includes a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation is preferred.
Please submit a completed application via email to: email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017. All applications received by the deadline will be considered by the SBE Screening Committee for appointment at the November 8-9, 2017 State Board of Education meeting.
Finalist candidates may be asked to participate in a 15-minute telephone interview, which will be scheduled for one day during the week of October 23-27, 2017.
For questions or additional information regarding the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, please contact Carolyn Pfister, Education Administrator, in the SBE Office, by phone at 916-319-0399, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.