Posted by Steven Levin on April 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM
This week, Assemblymember Patty Lopez (AD 39) indicated that she would no longer be moving forward with her bill, AB2242, which would have placed a number of restrictions on charter schools that operate as non-profit organizations. We were delighted to have learned of this decision, as CCSA saw AB2242 as the single most threatening piece of legislation this year.
Many assisted in our effort to hold back this bill, including several prominent school leaders who spoke directly to Assemblymember Lopez about the bill.
We also believe that CCSA Families played an important role. This year we have started a new initiative where we are bringing groups of parents working with CCSA Families to Sacramento for the policy committee meetings that happen most Wednesdays during the spring.
Last Wednesday, over 20 charter school parents attended policy committee meetings and took the time to meet with their elected representatives. Among the meetings that parents had was one with Assemblymember Lopez, who heard about how harmful her bill would be to charter schools. During the meeting, Assemblymember Lopez assured the parents that she did not intend to harm to charter schools and she would follow up with her staff to refine the bill. That led to the announcement that the Assemblymember was not moving forward with the bill.