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>  Petition Renewal Criteria. Charter petition renewals will     >  Teacher Credentialing. Under prior law, charter school
            be considered under a 3-tiered system whereby autho-   teachers were only required to hold a state-approved cre-
            rizers must consider the academic performance of the   dential if teaching a Core course.  Under the new law, all
            charter school on the state indicators included in the   teachers hired after July 1, 2020 must have the appropri-
            evaluation rubrics (the “Dashboard”) adopted by the    ate credential for their certificated assignment regardless
            State Board of Education (“SBE”).  Under the tiered sys-  of whether they teach a core subject.  All teachers em-
            tem, a “high performing” charter school may be renewed   ployed at a charter school during the 2019-2020 school
            for five to seven years, an “middle performing” charter   year without a credential will have until July 1, 2025 to
            school may be renewed for five years, and a “low per-  obtain the appropriate credential for their certificated
            forming” charter school, generally, may not be renewed.    assignment.  By July 1, 2020, all charter school teachers
            However, under certain conditions, a “low performing”   must also obtain a certificate of clearance and satisfy the
            charter school may be renewed for a two year period. Ad-  requirements for professional fitness under the Education
            ditionally, the requirement to consider increases in pupil   Code.
            academic achievement as the most important factor in
            determining whether to grant or deny a renewal has been   AB 1507
            eliminated.                                        AB 1507 makes two major changes to the location require-
                                                               ments for charters schools, effective January 1, 2020.
           >  Appeal Process.  The new law modifies the appeal
            process for denials of a new charter school petition or re-    > Charter School Location. Under prior law, a charter school
            newal of an existing charter at both the county and state   that was unable to locate within the geographic boundaries
            level in a variety of ways.  For example, a petition sub-  of its authorizing district was permitted to establish one
            mitted on appeal to a county board of education or the   site outside the boundaries of the school district, but within
            SBE containing “new or different material terms” will be   the county in which that school district is located, if specific
            immediately remanded back to be reconsidered by the   requirements were satisfied.  AB 1507 eliminates this loop-
            district within 30 days of remand.  Additionally, districts   hole and requires all charter schools to locate within the
            and county boards of education are required to prepare   geographic boundaries of the authorizing district.  A charter
            and submit an administrative record to the SBE upon   school lawfully established outside the boundaries of the
            request of the petitioners.  The SBE may only reverse   authorizing district, but within the county, before January 1,
            the denial of a petition or renewal if it finds there was an   2020, may continue to operate at the site until the charter
            “abuse of discretion” by the county or district, or both.  If   school submits a renewal petition.  At that time, to contin-
            a petition is approved on appeal to the SBE, either the   ue operating at the same location, the charter school must
            district or county office of education will be designated as   either obtain written approval from the district where the
            the authorizing authority, effectively eliminating the SBE   charter school is operating, or submit a renewal petition to
            as a charter school authorizer.                      the district in which the charter school is located.

           >  Nonclassroom-Based Charter Schools. The new law     > Resource Centers. Under prior law, a nonclassroom-based
            creates a 2-year moratorium on the approval of a petition   charter school was able to establish a resource center in a
            for the establishment of a new charter school offering   county adjacent to the county in which the charter school
            nonclassroom-based instruction, effective January 1,   was authorized, if certain conditions were met.  The new
            2020 to January 1, 2022.  According to the California   law eliminates the ability of a nonclassroom-based charter
            Charter School Policy Task Force Report, the two year   school to establish a resource center in an adjacent coun-
            freeze on nonclassroom-based charter school will allow   ty.  A charter school that was lawfully operating a resource
            advocates to spend the time studying issues related   center outside the geographic boundaries of the authorizing
            to the establishment of nonclassroom-based charter   district before January 1, 2020, may continue to operate at
            schools, such as their operational practices and perfor-  the site until the charter school submits a renewal peti-
            mance, and to make further recommendations to ensure   tion—at which time the charter school must obtain written
            students are receiving appropriate instruction.      approval from the district where the resource center is
                                                                 located to continue operations at the same site.

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