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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.
Charter schools are required to operate 175 days to receive a full apportionment but have scheduling flexibility for meeting the total annual minute requirement within the fiscal year.
Q: Must charter schools develop a School Accountability Report Card? A: Yes. Article XVI Section 8.5(e) of the California Constitution requires that a "school district maintaining an elementary or secondary school shall develop and cause to be prepared an annual audit accounting for such funds and shall adopt a School Accountability Report Card [SARC] for each school.”
Can a charter school require each student to participate in state testing? A: Charter school pupils are required to participate in all statewide assessments that are applicable to pupils in non-charter public schools. Parents have the right to waive, under specified conditions, state testing requirements for the STAR program. A charter school cannot disregard or take away this parental right.