Posted by Steven Levin on July 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM
Allows More Charter Public Schools to Access State Funds for Facilities
- Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-12, Modesto), Vice-Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, is authoring legislation sponsored by CCSA to expand eligibility for the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program.
- The SB 740 program, originally created in 2001, provides facility rent and lease cost reimbursement (75% of actual costs or $750 per student), to schools serving some of the neediest student populations.
- As proposed to be amended, the bill does the following:
- Lowers the threshold for eligibility to charter public schools below 70% of students eligible for the Free-Reduced Price Meal (FRPM) program, if there are funds available to do so, down to schools with 60% of students eligible.
- AB 948 makes other technical changes, like applying the audit guide to the program.
Impact on Charter Schools
- Facilities continue to be one of the biggest challenges for charter public schools. AB 948 will increase the number of charter schools eligible for this important and needed grant money.
- Many charter schools spend upwards of 20% of their budget on facilities. AB 948 will help schools spend more money in the classroom instead of on the classroom.
CCSA Action & What You Can Do
- CCSA is the sponsor of this bill and will strongly advocate for it in Sacramento.
- Watch for CCSA's Action Alerts and other calls to action on AB 948.
- Call your legislators and let them know you're supportive of this common-sense proposal.
- Have a facility story to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you would benefit from this bill.