Wednesday, February 10, 2016
INITIATIVE TO ELIMINATE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN CA CLEARED FOR SIGNATURE GATHERING
From the office of the California Attorney General: INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM QUALIFICATION STATUS AS OF FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Posted: 08 Feb 2016 04:20 PM PST
Initiatives and Referenda Cleared for Circulation
1774. (15-0114A1) ELIMINATION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Elimination of Charter Schools. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 02/08/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/08/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
contact: Diana Mansker (916) 391-3384
Repeals laws governing charter schools effective July 1, 2017. Requires charter schools to convert to traditional public schools or close, at local school districts’ discretion. Requires charter schools to return all unencumbered public funds to the state and to transfer all real property purchased with public funds to their local school districts. Authorizes state audits of school assets. Provides penalties for violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: About $5 billion in state funding and operational costs would shift from charter schools to school districts. Ongoing facility costs also would shift from charter schools to school districts, with the exact effect depending upon the decisions made by state policymakers and districts. Transition costs totaling hundreds of millions of dollars statewide for school districts to dispose of charter school property, recruit and train staff, replace textbooks, determine appropriate instructional placements for incoming students, and repurpose facilities. (15-0114.) (Full Text)