Op-Ed: SB1380 Threatens access to critical public school options in California | dailyrepublic.com

Should school districts that have a history of fiscal mismanagement be able to block alternative schools? Senator Dodd (D-Napa) thinks so. Senator Bill Dodd has introduced SB 1380, a bill that proposes significant amendments to the California Charter Schools Act (Ed Code 47605). If Dodd’s bill became law, it would make it even easier for a school district to deny new charter schools. Currently, there is a long list of reasons school districts can deny charters, and Dodd’s bill would add several more – a school district could claim continued fiscal hardship for five years after it has resolved its state oversight for financial mismanagement.

Charter schools were established in California in 1992 to foster innovation, encourage competition, and offer families high-quality educational choices within the public education system. However, SB 1380 appears to undermine fundamental tenets by empowering school districts with a history of fiscal issues to limit innovation and competition.

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