April 16, 2021

Legislative Update: April 16, 2021

Legislative Update - AB-1316

April 16, 2021

Dear Sage Oak families, 

On February 19th, a spot bill, AB-1316, was introduced as a placeholder bill. As we suspected, the bill was expanded upon to include further limitations and restrictions on nonclassroom-based charter schools. It is important to note that this bill and its language have only been introduced, and there are still steps to go through before it can be passed into law. 

We have provided a short summary of the objectives in the current bill language that the leadership team believes have the most potential to impact Sage Oak.

Bill Summary - CLICK HERE
To read the full bill, click here.

What is Sage Oak doing to advocate for NCB schools:

  • Meeting with legislators to share stories about the benefits that public charter schools have for our students. We want the authors of the bill to understand how independent study schools are able to support a variety of students, all while working toward state standards and making progress, similar to their peers in traditional setting public schools.
  • Sage Oak leaders are meeting with various lobbyists and charter advocacy groups to work toward finding common ground in legislative decisions. 
  • Sage Oak is continually proactive with our policies and practices to remain compliant and prepared to address anticipated changes.
What can you do to advocate for NCB schools:
  • Get involved in our letter-writing campaign
    • Share the support that Sage Oak has provided for your student through a credentialed teacher overseeing your students’ assignments and personalized learning plan 
    • Share the value you have experienced from our i-Ready and state assessments and how they help you, as a parent, understand your students’ academic achievement levels
    • Share the importance of our Sage Oak community and the support it has provided you
    • If your student has an individualized education plan (IEP), share how Sage Oak serves your student and meets their unique needs
Sage Oak was founded by a group of teachers, staff, and families who share a common mission, vision, and who are grounded in the same core values. Because of this vision and commitment to excellence, Sage Oak has continued to grow and thrive. We are well-established and have worked hard to uphold the law in all that we do while continuing to pursue excellence for our families. In our commitment to our students and staff, the proactive measures we enact are to ensure the longevity and success of our schools.

We are committed to transparency and open communication and while there are still many “unknowns,” we wanted to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we get it. The current bill that has been proposed is over 140 pages in length and we anticipate that there will be rounds of edits and changes to the language in the bill prior to its passage. Once the bill is signed into law, Sage Oak will form committees and engage with stakeholders to seek feedback on how best to implement and respond to any necessary changes. As mentioned previously, we will continue to communicate decisions that are made in relation to the bill as they are finalized.

As always, we will remain vigilant and involved in legislative meetings and proposals. We will continue to communicate with you as soon as there are updates regarding this legislation.  

Sincerely,

Jamee Block
Director of Education Services