California to require more transparency from charter schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s 1,300 charter schools will soon face stricter transparency requirements under legislation pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

A bill passed by lawmakers Thursday comes on the sixth day of a teachers strike in Oakland, the second major teachers strike in California this year. Teachers’ demands include more transparency for charter schools.

California law has long been unclear on whether charter schools must hold public meetings, respond to public records requests and adopt conflict-of-interest policies. The legislation explicitly says those laws apply to charters.

Charter schools groups are split on the measure. The California Charter Schools Association doesn’t have a formal position, while the Charter School Development Center said the bill sets onerous restrictions designed to “cripple” the state’s charter schools.

Newsom plans to sign the bill.

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