Charter school bill advances |

Charter school bill advances

Senate Bill 604 from Sen. Sam Aanestad is on its way to the State Assembly after passing out of the State Senate last month, just days before the legislative deadline.

The legislation, which benefits charter schools, received unanimous support during a final vote on the Senate Floor. The Aanestad measure allows charter schools to apply for and receive advanced state funding payments if it adds new grade levels from the previous school year. Public school districts already receive the same type of advanced funding benefit.

“My legislation will encourage charter schools to pursue deliberate and planned growth, while avoiding the need for costly, high interest, short-term loans,” said Aanestad (R-Grass Valley). “This will give additional freedoms to charter school administrators, who will be allowed to direct a higher proportion of the school’s budget to actual instruction, rather than paying off higher borrowing costs.”

SB 604 would allow a portion of a charter school’s advanced funding, also known as “advanced apportionment,” to be based on enrollment estimates. If the charter school in question does not meet the targeted enrollment number, its normal apportionment would be reduced accordingly in the next funding cycle.

For more information about SB 604, or to schedule an interview with Aanestad, please contact Communications Director Bill Bird at (916) 651-4004.

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