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Invitation for ACCS Appointment

Applications Invited for Appointment to the
Advisory Commission on Charter Schools

November 6, 2020

The State Board of Education (SBE) is currently seeking applications from charter school administrators to serve on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS).

The deadline for submittal of the application and all requested supporting documents is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

The SBE has policy-making authority on a number of issues related to individual charter schools and the California charter system as a whole. The ACCS makes recommendations to the SBE regarding charter school establishment and renewal appeals that are brought to the SBE for consideration after a local denial. The ACCS also reviews and recommends to the SBE appropriate funding levels for nonclassroom-based charter schools. The role of the ACCS is to support the SBE.


CaliforniaEducation CodeSection 47634.2 (b) provides that the composition of the SBE's appointments to the ACCS 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.

At this time, the SBE is currently seeking applications from individuals who are currently employed as charter school administrators. The SBE encourages individuals with strong knowledge, experience, and interest in effective charter operations and authorization and in charter school policy to apply.

Term of Office

The applicant selected to serve on the ACCS will start a two-year term beginning in January 2021.

Frequency of Meetings

The ACCS generally meets for one day every other month (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, and Dec) in the SBE Board Room 1101 at 1430 N Street, Sacramento, California. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ACCS meetings will be held remotely, consistent with state and local public health orders. Depending upon workload, the SBE or CDE may call for additional meetings.

Note: On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order allows state bodies covered by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Act) to hold public meetings covered by the Act via web and/or audio teleconferencing. As such, the upcoming ACCS meetings may be held as an audio/video teleconference with a live webcast. The SBE Board Room 1101 in the California Department of Education is currently closed to the public.

Travel, Lodging, and Other Expenses

Commission members will be reimbursed for travel for in-person meetings 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.

Application Form

The application form may be found at the SBE Application Information Web page.

Please note that the application form requests that applicants provide both a resume and two letters of recommendation. A single PDF of the application that includes a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation is preferred.

Application Deadline

Please submit a completed application via email to: by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. All applications from charter school administrators who are currently employed by a charter school that are received by the deadline will be considered by the SBE Screening Committee for appointment at the January, 2021 State Board of Education meeting.

Finalist candidates may be asked to participate in a 15-minute telephone interview during the second week of December 2020.


For questions or additional information regarding the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, please contact Carolyn Pfister, Education Administrator, in the SBE Office, by email at

Questions: State Board of Education | | 916-319-0827 
Last Reviewed: Friday, November 6, 2020
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