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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Improving access to inclusive, equitable, high quality education.
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
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.
Government Code 1090 (EC 47604.1)
Q: Are charter schools exempt from federal requirements? A: No. While EC Section
47610 exempts charter schools from most of the California laws governing school districts, charter schools are not exempt from federal requirements. Some examples of federal laws with which charter schools must comply are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, ESSA, and any requirements that are a condition of receiving of federal funding.
Q: Are charter schools required to have a school site council or a Single Plan for Student Achievement?
A: No. EC Section
47610 exempts charter schools from most EC sections, including the requirement for the “Single Plan for Student Achievement” and “school site councils” referenced in EC Section
Q: Are charter schools subject to open meeting requirements? A: Yes. Although charter schools are exempt from most laws applicable to school districts, they are not exempt from laws that generally apply to all public agencies, including the legal requirement to hold open meetings. California
Government Code Section
54950 et. seq. (commonly referred to as the “Brown Act”) requires that the deliberations and actions taken by local public agencies be conducted openly (EC 47604.1).