Assemblymember Christy Smith introduces charter school accountability billBrianna Bricker February 26, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Assemblymember Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) introduced a new bill on Monday, Feb. 25 to prohibit charter schools from operating outside of their authorizing districts.
Authored by Smith, AB 1507 is part of a larger, four-part package of bills that addresses laws governing charter schools.
“I am proud to author AB 1507 which restores the right of individual districts to have oversight of schools located within their boundaries,” Smith said. “I am pleased that AB 1507 is a part of a broader package of measures creating greater transparency and accountability for our taxpayer dollars, while improving public schools for every student.”
The introduction of AB 1507 follows several charter school controversies in California, including a report revealing financial and diversity issues at the Albert Einstein Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences that led to the operating company shutting down its school sites last April.
“Public schools are designed to lift all students,” California School Employees Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “Nobody, including charter schools, should be exempt from laws that protect local control and a fair playing field for all students. These bills are good public policy and are a positive step towards education equity.”