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Charter Authorizer Support Initiative (CASI)

The Charter Authorizer Support Initiative (CASI) is a program managed collaboratively by the California Department of Education (CDE), Charter Schools Division and two CDE sub-grant recipients: the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Charter Schools Department and the California Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP). The initiative will expand professional development and networking opportunities for authorizers through statewide and regional activities, with a special emphasis on supporting small and rural authorizers. CASI is funded through the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Charter School Authorizer Technical Assistance Provider Sub-Grant, under the federal Charter School Programs.

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Upcoming Events

Event Details
Monthly Charter Chats

Monthly virtual statewide meetings with regional breakout rooms to discuss the latest information, best practices, and hot topics in charter authorizing. Charter Chats are held from 10 to 11 a.m. (PST) on the last Wednesday of the month.

Monthly Charter Chat Zoom Webinar Registration External link opens in new window or tab.

2023 Charter Chat Schedule:

  • May 31, 2023
  • June 28, 2023
  • July 26, 2023
  • August 30, 2023
  • September 27, 2023
  • October 25, 2023
  • November 29, 2023
Quarterly Regional Trainings

CASI Quarterly Regional Trainings will include both in-person and virtual trainings. In-person trainings will be hosted by partner County Offices of Education (COE) and are for charter school authorizers only. Non-authorizers are welcome to participate in virtual trainings. CASI Quarterly Regional Trainings offer opportunities for authorizers to collaborate with colleagues from their region on a topic of authorizing responsibility, with resources and support from CASI representatives.

2023 Quarterly Regional Training Schedule

  • July
  • October

July 2023 Quarterly Regional Trainings

CASI will hold its July 2023 Quarterly Regional Trainings on “Material Revisions.” As California Education Code 47607 has limited information regarding material revisions, this topic can be confusing for both charter schools and authorizers. Guest presenting will be the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo. For the July 2023 session, CASI is offering one two-hour virtual training.

Virtual: Friday, July 14, 2023, 9 to 11 a.m. (all welcome). If you would like to register for the virtual training, please register at July 2023 CASI Quarterly Regional Training Zoom Registration External link opens in new window or tab. prior to the event.

There is no charge for CASI Quarterly Regional Trainings. If you have questions on material revisions which you would like to have addressed during the session, please direct them to

Authorizing and Oversight 101

CASI will hold its Authorizing and Oversight 101 Training as a preconference to the 2023 California Charter School Authorizers Conference External link opens in new window or tab. in Palm Springs held by California Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP). Come to the Conference early for CASI’s popular introductory workshop for those who are new to the field of charter school authorizing or who would like a refresher. The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) will join CASI in presenting important guidance on fiscal oversight. This year the stand-alone preconference is offered in two parts: June 13, 2023, 1–5 p.m. and June 14, 2023, 8–11 a.m. It is a great overview in and of itself, or as an introduction to the rest of the conference.

The fee for the CASI Preconference is only $50, and participants from qualifying small authorizers can obtain reimbursement for hotel lodging on June 13, 2023. If you have questions, please contact CCAP at or visit the CCAP conference website External link opens in new window or tab. for more details. The deadline to register at the discounted conference hotel rate is Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

During the conference, CASI will also present a session on nonclassroom-based (NCB) charter school oversight and monitoring. If you are staying for the entire Conference, check out the schedule and join CASI in learning about NCB Oversight.

Presentation Archives

The archived CASI presentations below include abbreviated descriptions of the meeting contents. The content provided in the resources in this section, including recorded webinars and PowerPoint slides, is accurate as of the date of posting.

Statewide Introductory Kickoff Meeting (February 28, 2022)
Topics include: CASI Mission, Upcoming Events, Contact Information, and Hot Topics in Charter Authorizing

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