June 2023 ACCS - Item 2 Public Comment 1Public Comment 1 received for Agenda Item 2 of the June 13, 2023, Advisory Commission on Charter Schools meeting.
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June 9, 2023
RE: CTA COMMENTS REGARDING ITEM #2: Consideration of Requests for Determination of Funding with “Reasonable Basis”/Mitigating Circumstances as Required for Nonclassroom-Based Charter Schools Pursuant to California Education Code sections 47612.5 and 47634.2, and Associated California Code of Regulations, Title 5.
Dear Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Commissioners,
On behalf of the over 310,000 members of the California Teachers Association (CTA), we must express our continued concerns with the funding determination process for Nonclassroom- Based Charters (NCB). This process is broken and does not provide the level of transparency needed for the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS) nor the State Board of Education (SBE), to provide appropriate public oversight on these funding determinations.
The disconnect between the state level process, the NCB, and the charter authorizer continues to be significant. This disconnect opens the door to bad actors such as the A3 charters and other groups who have taken advantage of loopholes. Just under a year ago, it was announced that the leaders of the A3 Charter Scandal, despite a theft of hundreds of millions of dollars, will not spend a day behind bars (Voice of San Diego Article ).
Additionally, most of the ACCS commissioners have shared these similar concerns for two meetings in a row (February 2023 and April 2023). The commissioners continue to raise significant concerns regarding the funding determination process, the intersection of the authorizer, and the state level process. At the end of the February 2023 meeting, Chair Walsh expressed “it is clear that there is still work to be done on the process and the systems and becoming clearer about the charter authorization responsibility.”
The lack of a role for the charter authorizers within the NCB funding determination process continues to be a significant issue.
CTA appreciates that the California Department of Education (CDE) has continued with the overview of mitigating circumstances for each of the NCBs in the item.
CTA looks forward to working with the CDE, SBE and ACCS to fix this broken process before it is too late.
E. Toby Boyd,
President California Teachers Association
CTA Executive Officers
Teri Holoman, Associate Executive Director, CTA Governmental Relations
Lori Easterling, Manager, CTA Legislative Relations
Commissioners, Advisory Commission on Charter Schools
Nancy Portillo, Deputy Superintendent, California Department of Education
Brooks Allen, Executive Director, State Board of Education
Kyna Collins, CTA Liaison to the ACCS