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Charter Schools

Public schools providing instruction in any of grades TK–12 created or organized by teachers, parents, community leaders or a community-based organization.

Charter Updates
Updates and information from the California Department of Education, Charter Schools Division to charter schools, authorizers, and stakeholders


Legislation Impacting Charters
Information for charter school authorizers, charter schools, and parents regarding the implementation of Assembly Bill 1505 and AB 1507.

Administrative Functions
Direction on administrative functions such as charter numbering, renewals, closures and the annual information update.

Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)
Information about the PCSGP and guidance for grantees.

Charter Facilities
Guidance on school district obligations and facilities.

Fiscal Support/Nonclassroom-Based Funding
Information regarding charter school funding, including, nonclassroom-based funding determination requests and grant opportunities.

Laws, Regulations, and Policies
Access to State and federal statutes, regulations, and policy guidance for charter schools.

Charter School Complaint Notice and Form
Information for charter school authorizers, charter schools, and parents regarding the Charter School Complaint Notice and Form.

Oversight of State Board of Education Authorized Charter Schools
Guidance on submitting charter petition appeals and administrative functions.

Resources for Parents and FAQs about Charter Schools
Frequently asked questions, how to find charter schools, and various information pertaining to charter schools.

Questions:   Charter Schools Division | charters@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6029
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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