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Public Charter Schools Grant Program Errata

Errata for the 2012-13 Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Request for Applications.

Page 19

The final bullet under “7. Notification and Admissions (Required Element)” was changed from

  • “A description of the admission, and public random drawing process if the number of pupils exceeds the school’s capacity. Refer to EC Section 47605(d)”

to read the following:

  • The admission and public random drawing processes are compliant with state and federal laws as described in assurances and agreed to by signature of the Administrator or Designee in the Certification, Assurance, and Signature Section on page 2 of 2 on the PCSGP Form 1.

Page 21

Added “and contains all required signatures and assurances” to the end of paragraph 1 under A. Application Review and Sub-Grant Award Process

Deleted the final 4 paragraphs beginning with

“A review of the public random drawing policy and autonomy will be completed prior to the peer review process. Any application that does not meet the following criteria will not be forwarded on for the peer review process.

Public Random Drawing (PRD)–Application is compliant as defined in state law: 1) Preference given to Existing Students; 2) Preference given to Pupils who reside in the district area for a locally or SBE authorized charter, or county area for a countywide benefit charter; and then 3) Other preferences may be permitted by the chartering authority on an individual school basis and only if consistent with the law; and

Autonomy–School meets criteria as described in this RFA on page 6.

If either component is deficient or non-compliant, CDE staff will notify the applicant in writing, provide instructions to remedy any issues with the application, and set a limited deadline for when revisions must be submitted for the application to be considered. If the application successfully passes screening, it will then be reviewed and scored via a peer review process.”

Page 41

PCSGP Form 10—Sub-grant Conditions and Assurances (Page 3 of 3)

Added Assurance number 21 to the third page of Form 10 as follows:

21. The admission policy of the charter school is compliant with all applicable laws. California Education Code Section 47605(d) states

(d) (1) In addition to any other requirement imposed under this part, a charter school shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, shall not charge tuition, and shall not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of the characteristics listed in Section 220. Except as provided in paragraph (2), admission to a charter school shall not be determined according to the place of residence of the pupil, or of his or her parent or legal guardian, within this state, except that an existing public school converting partially or entirely to a charter school under this part shall adopt and maintain a policy giving admission preference to pupils who reside within the former attendance area of that public school.

(2) (A) A charter school shall admit all pupils who wish to attend the school.

(B) However, if the number of pupils who wish to attend the charter school exceeds the school's capacity, attendance, except for existing pupils of the charter school, shall be determined by a public random drawing. Preference shall be extended to pupils currently attending the charter school and pupils who reside in the district except as provided for in Section 47614.5. Other preferences may be permitted by the chartering authority on an individual school basis and only if consistent with the law.

(C) In the event of a drawing, the chartering authority shall make reasonable efforts to accommodate the growth of the charter school and in no event shall take any action to impede the charter school from expanding enrollment to meet pupil demand.

Page 49 (current page 50)

Appendix A: PCSGP Rubric for Element 7, Notification and Admissions was changed as follows:

Added to the second paragraph of the Narrative Element column, “as indicated by the signature of the Administrator or Designee in the Certification, Assurance, and Signature Section on page 2 of 2 on the PCSGP Form 1.”

Replaced all contents after “notification” with the word “process” in paragraph one for each of the subsequent columns to read:

            The applicant clearly describes the notification “and admission” process, “including PRD as applicable.”

Questions: PCSGP General | PCSGPGeneral@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6029 
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 10, 2014

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