Edward J. Sklar

Partner | Walnut Creek

Tel: 925.953.1620
Fax: 925.953.1625
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Edward J. Sklar is the Managing Partner of Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. Mr. Sklar advises school districts on managing California's charter school landscape, serving as co-chair of the firm's Charter Schools Practice Group. He is an authority on all aspects of a public school district's obligations to comply with California's Charter Schools Act, including charter oversight, facilities, petition review and revocation. Mr. Sklar also provides guidance to school districts that want to establish their own "dependent" charter schools.

Mr. Sklar also advises school districts on all legal issues that arise in the routine course of educating students. This includes matters of student discipline, residency, student records, civil rights, and compliance with state and federal education reform measures. He has extensive experience advising clients on compliance with the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.

Presenter Experience

Mr. Sklar has provided training and conducted seminars on a number of topics for multiple organizations. They include the California School Boards Association (CSBA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) annual conference, CASH Leadership Academy, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) annual conference, ACSA Superintendent Symposium, and California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) conference.

Additional Experience

Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Mr. Sklar practiced civil litigation at Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard, LLP, and Cesari, Werner & Moriarty, both in San Francisco. The fast-paced practice of litigation provided the training ground for his vast experience in settlement negotiations and his advocacy skills in courtrooms and administrative hearings.


Mr. Sklar received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Title IX Regulations

By: Edward SklarEmma SolMonica Batanero-

Two New Laws Related to Student Discipline Promote Recess and Restorative Justice Practices

By: Edward SklarJessica McLoughlin-

Approval of Nation's First Religious Based Charter School Opens Door to Contentious Constitutional Question

By: Edward SklarEric Barba-

California Department of Education Issues Guidance for the Restart of Charter Renewals

By: Edward SklarAndrew Blan-

Appellate Court Clarifies What School Districts May Charge Charter Schools for Facilities

By: Edward Sklar-

AB 130 Significantly Impacts Charter Schools: Charter Term and Nonclassroom-based Moratorium Extensions Headline Key Updates

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

SB 98 Impacts on Charter Schools

By: Edward SklarCourtney de Groof-

A Return to Sports? California Interscholastic Federation Issues Guidelines for Return to Physical Activity and Training

By: Edward SklarChelsea Olson Murphy-

Teachers' Union Prevails at PERB in Effort to Organize Charter Schools

By: Edward Sklar-

California Department of Education Provides Grading and Graduation Guidance for Local Educational Agencies During School Closures

By: Edward Sklar-

New Law Prohibits Barriers To Charter School Enrollment

By: Edward Sklar-

New Law Allows Former Students To Change Name And Gender On Past Student Records

By: Edward Sklar-

Governor Newsom Signs Comprehensive Reforms for Charter Schools

By: Megan MacyErin HamorEdward SklarCourtney de Groof-

Episode 62 Charter School Renewals: They're Back

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

In this Lozano Smith Podcast episode, host Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith's Partners Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor regarding the forthcoming return of the charter school renewal process under pre-Pandemic changes in the law resulting from AB 1505.

Episode 56 Hot Topics Regarding Charter Schools Coming Out of the Pandemic

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

Effective 2019, significant legal changes were enacted regarding charter schools in California. The anticipated effects and implementation of those changes, however, were stunted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In this Lozano Smith Podcast episode, host Sloan Simmons engages with Lozano Smith Charter Practice Group Co-Leaders, Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor, to discuss the current state of affairs for charter schools and their authorizers, hot topics and trends in the charter school field, and what to anticipate going forward as California's LEAs return to normal operation.

Episode 45 Charter School Reforms in the COVID-19 Era

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

Host Sloan Simmons facilitates a timely and interesting discussion with Lozano Smith Charter School Practice Group Leaders, Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor, regarding the status of charter school reform legislation and the impacts of COVID-19 on same.

Charter School Reform Laws Have Been Enacted - Now What?

By: Megan MacyEdward Sklar-

Following months of discussion regarding the impact that charter schools have had on traditional public schools, the Legislature has passed, and Governor Newsom has signed, two bills that will have wide-ranging impacts on California charter schools and their authorizers. Joining host Devon Lincoln to discuss these new laws, and what charter school authorizers need to know about these changes, are attorneys Megan Macy and Ed Sklar.

Course Correction? The Legislature Looks at Big Changes for Charter Schools in California

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

Host Devon Lincoln talks with Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor about new charter school legislation causing a stir in Sacramento. If enacted, the pending bills will drastically alter California's current charter school landscape.

How Many Charter Schools Are Too Many Charter Schools? A Statewide Debate

By: Edward SklarClaudia Weaver-

Devon Lincoln talks with charter school law experts Ed Sklar and Claudia Weaver about the statewide conversation currently surrounding charter schools and the impact they have on traditional public schools. From recent teacher strikes, to the election of a new Superintendent of Public Instruction, to a raft of new legislative proposals, the role of charter schools is front and center in California politics right now. Ed and Claudia discuss the shift in the debate regarding charter schools, the origins of this debate, the issues it raises, and what the future might hold for educational options in the state.