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California Charter School Law

California Charter School Law

California Education Code

California Education Code (EC) Section  states the following: 

A charter school shall not discourage a pupil from enrolling or seeking to enroll in a charter school for any reason, including, but not limited to, academic performance of the pupil or because the pupil exhibits any of the following characteristics: 

  • Academically low-achieving 
  • Economically disadvantaged (determined by eligibility for any free or reduced price meal program) 
  • English learner 
  • Ethnicity 
  • Foster youth 
  • Homeless
  • Nationality 
  • Neglected or delinquent 
  • Race 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Pupils with disabilities 

A charter school shall not request

A charter school shall not request a pupil's records or require the parent, guardian, or pupil to submit the pupil's records to the charter school before enrollment. 

A charter school shall not encourage

A charter school shall not encourage a pupil currently attending the charter school to disenroll from the charter school or transfer to another school for any reason (except for suspension or expulsion).

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Complaint Notices

This notice shall be posted on a charter school's Internet website and a charter school will provide copies of this notice (1) when a parent, guardian, or pupil inquires about enrollment; (2) before conducting an enrollment lottery, and (3) before disenrollment of a pupil.