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Legal, Audits and Charters Branch


The Legal, Audits and Charters Branch advises and represents the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the California Department of Education, and the State Board of Education on legal matters, and takes the lead in the department's coordination of audits, complaints and compliance reviews, including reviews of English learner programs.

Len Garfinkel, General Counsel

Phone: 916-319-0860
Fax: 916-322-2549


Offices and Divisions

Administrative Support & Regulations Adoption
Information regarding notices of proposed actions to adopt, amend or repeal regulations for the California Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the California State Board of Education.

Audits & Investigations Division
Conducts a comprehensive program of external, internal, and investigative auditing to evaluate compliance with federal and state program and administrative requirements.

Charter Schools Division
Supports, promotes, and authorizes high quality charter schools that improve achievement and choice for California public schools and families.

Legal Division
Provide timely, thorough legal advice and representation to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, and State Board of Education, in furtherance of their official duties and public policy goals.

Questions:   Legal, Audits and Charters Branch | 916-319-0860
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 14, 2023
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