July 13, 2019
A highly contested bill that would sharply limit the growth of charter schools in California got a rewrite this week, when Gov. Gavin Newsom’s advisers submitted amendments after some shuttle diplomacy and meetings with the bill’s author, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach. Assembly Bill 1505, which would let districts consider a proposed charter’s financial impact, passed a Senate committee but more negotiations are expected this summer.
We discuss the compromises that the Newsom administration proposed and hear testimony from San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten.
We also interview Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, about how events in California fits in with what is happening around the nation.
For more, see the following articles:
- Governor’s team jumps into fray over contested charter school bill
- Gov. Newsom’s task force recommends more discretion to deny charter schools
- New charter schools to open this fall despite efforts to curb growth
- Drive to cap California charter school growth stalls
- Proposed legislation would substantially curb growth of California charter schools