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Charter Schools

Information to assist school districts and charter schools in seeking state facility funding assistance under AB 14 (Chapter 935, statutes of 2002), which defines the manner of funds available.

California Department of Education Charter Schools
A link to the Charter Schools home page, which contains information and legislative references regarding the establishment and operation of charter schools.

School Facility Program Approved Regulations External link opens in new window or tab.
The Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 established a state program to provide funding for new construction and modernization of existing school facilities. The regulations provide guidance for accessing state bond funds (including those specifically allocated for construction of charter schools) approved by the voters.

Division of the State Architect External link opens in new window or tab.
Information regarding the design of buildings and oversight of school construction, including the codes and standards that affect the industry. A listing of Division of the State Architect certified project inspectors is included.

Department of Toxic Substances Control External link opens in new window or tab.
Information regarding the legislatively mandated process for evaluating the effects of potential environmental hazards on a prospective school site and overseeing clean-up to ensure a safe and uncontaminated site.

California School Finance Authority External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on the California School Finance Authority's verification of the financial soundness of charter schools applying for state bond funds, pursuant to Education Code Section 17078.52(d)(4)

Education Code Article 12, Charter Schools, Section 17078.52 et.seq External link opens in new window or tab.
The Education Code sections that relate to the establishment of a program to allocate funding for the purpose of providing school facilities for charter school pupils.

For a list of currently active charter schools (From the DataQuest Web page, in the pull-down menu on the left side of the page, select: Level "Other Choices," Subject "Student Demographics/Enrollment," Click "Submit." From the report page at the "Selected School Type," pull down menu, select "Charter," Select the Year, Choose the sort order for the report, Select "Enrollment by Grade," Click "Submit").

NOTE: The information is current as of the date cited at the top of the DataQuest page.

The reported enrollment is the total enrollment for each school and may contain a combination of "Classroom Based Instruction," "Non-classroom Based Instruction," and Independent Study" enrollments. (See Education Code Section 47612.5(d)(1).)

Legal Opinion of Ridgecrest Charter School vs. Sierra Sands Unified School District (PDF)

Contacts for Assistance
State Agency
Contact
E-mail Address
Telephone
Department of Education Liese Olukoya lolukoya@cde.ca.gov 916-445-5657

Office of Public School Construction

Janna Shaffer janna.shaffer@dgs.ca.gov 916-376-1822
Department of Toxic Substances Control - Northern California Mark Malinowski mmalinowi@dtsc.ca.gov 916-255-3717
Department of Toxic Substances Control - Southern California Thomas Cota thomas.cota@dtsc.ca.gov 714-484-5459
Division of State Architect Dan Levernier dan.levernier@dgs.ca.gov 916-445-8100

For additional information contact the California School Finance Authority, Charter School Facilities Program External link opens in new window or tab. at 213-620-4467.

Questions:   Fred Yeager | fyeager@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-7148
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