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Charter School Frequently Asked Questions

Responses to questions frequently asked about charter schools.

Responses to these frequently asked questions are advisory only. Charter schools and authorizing entities are encouraged to review the actual laws and regulations that provide the basis for these responses and consult with their own legal counsel regarding the application of any of these issues to a specific situation.

Section 1 - General Information
General information regarding charter schools.

Section 2 - Approval, Establishment, and Closure
Approval, establishment, and closure of a charter school.

Section 3 - Governance, Oversight, and Liability
Governance, oversight, and liability of a charter school.

Section 4 - General Compliance
General charter school compliance.

Section 5 - Staffing
Charter school staffing.

Section 6 - Testing and Accountability
Charter school testing and accountability.

Section 7 - Attendance Accounting and Instructional Time
Attendance accounting and instructional time.

Section 8 - Nonclassroom-Based Programs
Nonclassroom-based programs.

Section 9 - Funding and Apportionment
Charter school funding and apportionment.

Section 10 - Facilities
Charter school facility requirements.

Section 11 - Recent Legislation Impacting Charters
Recent legislation impacting charters, including, the following topics:

  • Independent study and charter school renewals
  • Nonclassroom-based funding determination requests
  • State Board of Education appeal process
  • Universal Prekindergarten
  • Verified Data
  • Williams monitoring and charter schools
Questions: Charter Schools Division | charters@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6029 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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