Legislative Update: February 24, 2021
February 24, 2021
Dear Sage Oak families,
We wanted to make you aware of an article that was recently published about nonclassroom-based charter schools. The article references a report titled “California is overpaying for online charter schools that are failing students.” This report, published by a research and policy organization called “In the Public Interest,” presents nonclassroom-based charter schools in a very negative light. Many of the points appear to be a purposeful misrepresentation of nonclassroom-based charter school operations and student success. The information presented in this report does not reflect Sage Oak, however, we anticipate that the report will fuel further legislation that will directly impact Sage Oak.
As you may remember, in January 2020, AB-1505, a bill passed by legislation placed a moratorium on new nonclassroom-based charter schools. The bill prohibits any new nonclassroom-based charter schools from being approved between the dates of January 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022. As this window is coming to a close at the end of this year, reports and articles have been published in an effort to persuade policymakers to introduce new bills to limit or restrict nonclassroom-based charter schools and how they operate.
On Friday, February 19th, a spot bill, AB-1316, was introduced as a placeholder bill which we believe will be expanded upon to include further limitations and/or restrictions on nonclassroom-based charter schools. We are committed to staying proactive and while we may not necessarily know what legislation will be proposed, we will do our best to anticipate those changes, make proactive adjustments to our program, and pivot, accordingly. 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 new legislation and provide information about any changes we may implement for the upcoming school year.