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Kingsburg Elementary Charter |  AR  0420.4  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

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Petition Signatures

To be considered by the Governing Board, a charter school petition must be signed by one of the following: (Education Code 47605)

1. A number of parents/guardians equivalent to at least one-half of the number of students that the charter school estimates will enroll in the charter school for its first year of operation

2. A number of teachers equivalent to at least one-half of the number of teachers that the charter school estimates will be employed at the school during its first year of operation

3. At least 50 percent of the permanent status teachers currently employed at the public school to be converted if the charter petition calls for an existing public school to be converted to a charter school

(cf. 4116 - Permanent/Probationary Status)

In circulating a petition, the petitioners shall include a prominent statement explaining that a signature means that the parent/guardian is meaningfully interested in having his/her child attend the charter school or, in the case of a teacher's signature, that the teacher is meaningfully interested in teaching at the charter school. The proposed charter shall be attached to the petition. (Education Code 47605)

Charter Provisions

A charter petition shall include affirmations of the conditions described in Education Code 47605(d) as well as descriptions of all of the following: (Education Code 47605, 47611.5)

1. The educational program of the school, designed, among other things, to identify those whom the school is attempting to educate, what it means to be an "educated person" in the 21st century, and how learning best occurs. The goals identified in that program shall include the objective of enabling students to become self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners.

2. The measurable student outcomes identified for use by the charter school. Student outcomes means the extent to which all students of the school demonstrate that they have attained the skills, knowledge, and attitudes specified as goals in the school's educational program.

3. The method by which student progress in meeting those student outcomes is to be measured.

4. The governance structure of the school, including, but not limited to, the process to be followed by the school to ensure parent/guardian involvement.

5. The qualifications to be met by individuals to be employed by the school.

6. The procedures that the school will follow to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. These procedures shall include the requirement that each school employee furnish the school with a criminal record summary as described in Education Code 44237.

7. The means by which the school will achieve a racial and ethnic balance among its students that is reflective of the general population residing within the district's territorial jurisdiction.

8. Admission requirements, if applicable.

9. The manner in which annual, independent financial audits shall be conducted, which shall employ generally accepted accounting principles, and the manner in which audit exceptions and deficiencies shall be resolved to the satisfaction of the Board.

10. The procedures by which students can be suspended or expelled.

11. The manner by which staff members of the charter school will be covered by the State Teachers' Retirement System, the Public Employees' Retirement System, or federal social security.

12. The public school attendance alternatives for students residing within the district who choose not to attend charter schools.

13. A description of the rights of any district employee upon leaving district employment to work in a charter school and of any rights of return to the district after employment at a charter school.

14. The procedures to be followed by the charter school and the Board to resolve disputes relating to charter provisions.

15. By March 31, 2000, a declaration as to whether or not the charter school shall be deemed the exclusive public school employer of the school's employees for purposes of collective bargaining under Government Code 3540-3549.3.

Charter school petitioners shall provide information to the Board regarding the proposed operation and potential effects of the school, including, but not limited to: (Education Code 47605)

1. The facilities to be used by the school, including where the school intends to locate

(cf. 7160 - Charter School Facilities)

2. The manner in which administrative services of the school are to be provided

3. Potential civil liability effects, if any, upon the school and district

4. Financial statements that include a proposed first-year operational budget, including start-up costs and cash-flow and financial projections for the first three years of operation

Charter Approval/Denial

Within 30 days of receiving a petition to establish a charter school, the Board shall hold a public hearing to determine the level of support for the petition by teachers, other employees of the district, and parents/guardians. (Education Code 47605)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

Within 60 days of receiving a petition, or within 90 days with the consent of the petitioners and the Board, the Board shall either grant or deny the request to establish a charter school. (Education Code 47605)

The Board shall grant the charter if doing so is consistent with sound educational practice. A charter shall be denied only if the Board presents written factual findings specific to the petition that one or more of the following conditions exist: (Education Code 47605)

1. The charter school presents an unsound educational program for the students to be enrolled in the charter school.

2. The petitioners are demonstrably unlikely to successfully implement the program set forth in the petition.

3. The petition does not contain the number of signatures required.

4. The petition does not contain an affirmation of each of the conditions described in Education Code 47605(d).

5. The petition does not contain reasonably comprehensive descriptions of the charter provisions in Education Code 47605(b) listed in "Components of Charter Petition" above.

The Board shall not grant any charter that authorizes the conversion of a private school to a charter school. (Education Code 47602)

The Board shall not approve any charter petition that proposes to serve students in a grade level that is not served by the district, unless the petition proposes to serve students in all the grade levels served by the district. (Education Code 47605)

The Board shall not deny a petition based on the actual or potential costs of serving students with disabilities, nor shall it deny a petition solely because the charter school might enroll disabled students who reside outside the special education local plan area (SELPA) in which the district participates. (Education Code 47605.7, 47647)

The approval or denial of a charter petition shall not be controlled by collective bargaining agreements nor subject to review or regulation by the Public Employment Relations Board. (Education Code 47611.5)

In granting charter petitions, the Board shall give preference to schools best able to provide comprehensive learning experiences for academically low-achieving students according to standards established by the California Department of Education (CDE) under Education Code 54032. (Education Code 47605)

The Board may initially grant a charter for a specified term not to exceed five years. (Education Code 47607)

It shall be the responsibility of the petitioners to provide written notice of the Board's approval and a copy of the charter to the County Superintendent, the CDE, and the State Board of Education (SBE). (Education Code 47605)

Revisions

Material revisions to a charter may be made only with Board approval. Material revisions shall be governed by the same standards and criteria that apply to new charter petitions as set forth in Education Code 47605 and shall include, but not be limited to, a reasonably comprehensive description of any new requirement of charter schools enacted into law after the charter was originally granted or last renewed. (Education Code 47607)

If, after receiving approval of its petition, a charter school proposes to establish operations at one or more additional sites within the district's boundaries, the charter school shall request a material revision to its charter and shall notify the Board of those additional locations. The Board shall consider approval of the additional locations at an open meeting. (Education Code 47605)

Renewals

At least 90 days before the term of the charter is due to expire, the Board shall conduct a public hearing to receive input on whether or not to extend the charter. At least 60 days before the expiration date, the Board shall either grant or deny the request for renewal.

Renewals shall be governed by the same standards and criteria that apply to new charter petitions as set forth in Education Code 47605 and shall include, but not be limited to, a reasonably comprehensive description of any new requirement of charter schools enacted into law after the charter was originally granted or last renewed. (Education Code 47607)

Revocations

The Board may revoke a charter whenever it finds, through a showing of substantial evidence, that the charter school has done any of the following: (Education Code 47607)

1. Committed a material violation of any of the conditions, standards, or procedures set forth in the charter

2. Failed to meet or pursue any of the student outcomes identified in the charter

3. Failed to meet generally accepted accounting principles or engaged in fiscal mismanagement

4. Violated any provision of law

Prior to revocation, the Board shall notify the charter school of any violation(s) listed in items #1-4 above and give the school a reasonable opportunity to remedy the violation(s) unless the Board determines, in writing, that the violation(s) constitutes a severe and imminent threat to the health or safety of the students. (Education Code 47607)

Requirements for Charter Schools

In providing general oversight of a charter school, the Board shall determine whether the school meets the legal requirements applicable to charter schools. Each charter school shall:

1. Be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations (Education Code 47605)

2. Not charge tuition (Education Code 47605)

3. Not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability (Education Code 47605)

4. Adhere to all laws establishing minimum age for public school attendance (Education Code 47610)

(cf. 5111 - Admission)

5. Serve students who are California residents and who, if over 19 years of age, are continuously enrolled in a public school and making "satisfactory progress" toward a high school diploma as defined in 5 CCR 11965 (Education Code 47612)

6. Serve students with disabilities in the same manner as such students are served in other public schools (Education Code 47646, 56145)

(cf. 0430 - Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

7. Admit all students who wish to attend the school, according to the following criteria and procedures:

a. Admission to the charter school shall not be determined according to the student's place of residence, or that of his/her parents/guardians, within this state, except that any existing public school converting partially or entirely to a charter school shall adopt and maintain a policy giving admission preference to students who reside within the school's former attendance area. (Education Code 47605)

However, if a charter school will be physically located in a public elementary school attendance area in which 50 percent or more of the student enrollment is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, it may also establish an admissions preference for students who are currently enrolled in the public elementary school and for students who reside in the public school attendance area. (Education Code 47605.3)

b. If the number of students who wish to attend the charter school exceeds the school's capacity, attendance shall be determined by a public random drawing, except that preferences shall be extended to students currently attending the charter school and students who reside in the district, except as provided for in Education Code 47614.5. In the event of a drawing, the Board shall make reasonable efforts to accommodate the growth of the charter school and shall not take any action to impede the charter school from expanding enrollment to meet student demand. (Education Code 47605)

c. Other admissions preferences may be permitted by the Board on an individual school basis as consistent with law.

8. Require its teachers to hold a Commission on Teacher Credentialing certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to that which a teacher in other public schools would be required to hold (Education Code 47605)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

Charter schools shall, on a regular basis, consult with parents/guardians and teachers regarding the school's educational programs. (Education Code 47605)

Charter schools shall promptly respond to all reasonable inquiries from the Board or the Superintendent of Public Instruction, including but not limited to inquiries regarding its financial records. (Education Code 47604.3)

Charter schools shall maintain written contemporaneous records that document all student attendance and shall make these records available for audit and inspection. (Education Code 47612.5)

Regulation KINGSBURG ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: May 17, 2000 Kingsburg, California

revised: February 21, 2012