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About Charter Schools
The Charter School Act of 1992 is the legislation that gave origin to charter schools. The subsequent AB 544 legislation established further guidelines and requirements for charter schools. The legislation is also intended to shift toward a performance-based system and provide competition within the public school system. A charter is granted by the Redlands USD Board of Education and approved by the state, for a period of up to five years.
Charter schools are open to any child who wishes to attend, from any part of the state. Although certain attendance preferences may be given, enrollment is conducted by lottery. Charter schools may not be a conversion of a private school, must be non-sectarian, may not discriminate, may not charge tuition, must achieve a racial and ethnic balance reflective of the District population and may not compel students to attend nor teachers to be employed at the charter.
Types of Charter Schools
There are two types of charter schools: Conversion and Start-up
· A conversion charter is an existing district school that later becomes a charter. This process comes as a result of program improvement status. There are no conversion charters in Redlands USD.
· A start-up is a charter school that is created "from scratch" by any member of the public - educators, parents, foundations and others.
These charters can be fully independent, or district-affiliated which have closer ties to the district. Both must have their board approved charter proposal and both are held to a high level of accountability.
Further information may be obtained through the Redlands Unified School District Educational Services Division, (909) 307-5300.
Resources and Support Information
The following resources may be helpful in providing additional information about charter schools statutory requirements and the development process:
- Redlands USD: Roles and responsibilities in Charter Authorization/Re-Authorization process
- Redlands USD: Reasonably Comprehensive Charter Petition Elements
- Redlands USD: Charter Schools and Conflicts of Interest
- Redlands USD: Recent Charter School Applications
- Local Control Funding Formula - http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr13ltr0807.asp
- Local Control Funding Formula - http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2013/edu/lcff/lcff-072913.aspx