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Charter Update #1

Released by the Charter Schools Division on October 14, 2020.

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Assembly Bills 1505 and 1507

Enrollment Data

Assembly Bill 1505 requires the California Department of Education (CDE), upon request by a charter school authorizer, to provide the following aggregate data reflecting pupil enrollment patterns at the charter school:

  • A) The cumulative enrollment for each school year of the charter school’s term. For purposes of this chapter, cumulative enrollment is defined as the total number of pupils, disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and pupil subgroups, who enrolled in school at any time during the school year.

    This data is available at Cumulative Enrollment Data.
  • B) For each school year of the charter school’s term, the percentage of pupils enrolled at any point between the beginning of the school year and census day who were not enrolled at the conclusion of that year, and the average results on the statewide assessments in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system, or any successor system, for any such pupils who were enrolled in the charter school the prior school year.

    This data is available and will be provided to charter school authorizers upon request. Requests should be submitted via email to AAU@cde.ca.gov.
  • C) For each school year of the charter school’s term, the percentage of pupils enrolled the prior school year who were not enrolled as of census day for the school year, except for pupils who completed the grade that is the highest grade served by the charter school, and the average results on the statewide assessments in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system, or any successor system, for any such pupils.

    This data is available and will be provided to charter school authorizers upon request. Requests should be submitted via email to AAU@cde.ca.gov.

Enrollment Data Technical Assistance Webinar

The Analysis, Measurement and Accountability Reporting Division hosted an AB 1505 Enrollment Data Technical Assistance webinar via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The slide deck from this webinar is available at Assembly Bill 1505 Data Files Reflecting Student Enrollment Changes Webinar (PDF).

Additional details regarding enrollment data as well as updates regarding the CDE's implementation of the new legislation are available at Legislation Impacting Charters.

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Charter Schools Program Fiscal Year 2020 Grant

The Charter Schools Division (CSD) is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has selected California’s Fiscal Year 2020 application (Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter School Programs) for funding, which will serve to provide planning and implementation, replication, and expansion opportunities in assisting high quality, high performing charter school operations for California students and their families. In addition, the grant will serve to expand the sharing and use of best practices, strengthen charter school authorizer practices, and provide an effective system of support. The CSD expects to announce information concerning the release of the new Request for Application before December 2020.

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Funding Determinations for Renewing Nonclassroom-Based Charter Schools

Pursuant to Senate Bill 820 Section 75 External link opens in new window or tab. [Chaptered 110, Statutes of 2020], which was approved by the Governor on September 18, 2020, charter schools with a nonclassroom-based (NCB) funding determination that expires in fiscal year 2020-21 or 2021-22 shall submit a request to renew its funding determination as follows:

  • A charter school with an NCB funding determination that expires on June 30, 2021, shall submit a request to renew its funding determination to the CDE no later than June 30, 2021.
  • A charter school with an NCB funding determination that expires on June 30, 2022, shall submit a request to renew its funding determination to the CDE no later than June 30, 2022.

Upon its submission of a complete funding determination request to the CDE, a charter school shall receive its current level of funding for two years. A charter school that submits a funding determination request after the applicable deadline shall receive 85 percent funding for two fiscal years for its NCB instruction attendance.

Details regarding NCB funding determinations, including, but not limited to, the deadline for a new NCB charter school to submit a request for a funding determination, the funding determination form, and completion and submission information are available at Nonclassroom-Based Determination of Funding. Also from this web page, a charter school may view the expiration date of its current funding determination by downloading the State Board of Education-Approved Nonclassroom-Based Funding Determinations During Fiscal Years 2011–12 through 2020–21 Excel spreadsheet.

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Senate Bills 98 and 820 Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding Senate Bill 98 and SB 820, including distance learning and nonclassroom-based funding determinations are available at Senate Bills 98 and 820 FAQs.

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State Board of Education Appeal Submission Deadlines

Deadlines to submit appeal documentation to the State Board of Education are currently available for the 2021 calendar year.

State Board of Education Meeting Dates Deadline to Submit Appeal Documentation
(by 4 p.m. on the below dates)
January 13-14, 2021
September 28, 2020
March 17-18, 2021
December 1, 2020
May 12-13, 2021
January 25, 2021
July 14-15, 2021
March 29, 2021
September 9-10, 2021
June 1, 2021
November 3-4, 2021
July 26, 2021

Additional information regarding this subject is available at State Board of Education Appeals.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, September 27, 2021