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The information below relies heavily on the California Department of Education’s website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/re/cefcharterschools.asp and, where applicable, Santa Clara County Board of Education policy. The California Education Code is referred to below as Education Code or EC. These FAQs will be expanded periodically to include additional questions and answers.
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A petition must present a sound educational program and those identified to lead and operate the school must demonstrate a strong capacity to successfully implement the program as set forth in the petition. Reasonably comprehensive descriptions of each required element are thus evaluated based on the extent to which the soundness of the educational program and the capacity of the petitioner can be established.
Q: What is the protocol for filing a complaint about a charter school?
A: As each charter school is its' own entity, complaints should be addressed following each school's individual complaint process. This process usually starts by first talking with the teacher and, if necessary, the school principal. If the problem is not resolved, the school's governing board should be contacted, followed by the school's charter authorizing entity.
SCCOE's Charter Schools Department's process upon receiving a complaint is to provide information and clarification regarding the process and redirect the complaint back to the charter school.
Charter schools receiving federal funds are subject to provisions of the Uniform Complaint Procedure. SCCOE's Charter Schools Department staff are available to clarify and assist if this step is necessary. Contact (408) 453-3600 for assistance or visit the California Department of Education at https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/ for more information.
“The [authorizing] board is not allowed to consider the potential impacts a charter school would have on the other educational programs of a district or the district’s fiscal health or state of its facilities, among other issues.”
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