I started reading the charter school bill. Boy, that didn't take long to find some real issues. I'm only at page 23 of the 45 page bill and there is a lot to worry over. (So I'm not done but understand that many of the "strict charter law" items that some at this blog want, aren't found in this particular bill. )
I do need to finish reading it but here's the first major one on page 4. LEV wants us all to believe that only non-profits can open charters. They would be right but that doesn't mean only non-profits can run them. To whit:
A charter school board may:
Enter into contracts with any school district, educational service district, or other public or private entity for the provision of real property, equipment, goods, supplies, and services, including educational instructional services and including for the management and operation of the charter school as long as the charter school board maintains oversight authority over the charter school;
Unless I have misread this section, that would mean FOR-PROFIT companies can run any charter school that enters into a contract for those services.
Also, did you know this bill also allows for conversion schools? Meaning, a regular school can be converted "in its entirety to a charter school. Yup, if a majority of parents OR teachers agree to it:
(3) In the case of an application to establish a conversion charter school, the applicant must also demonstrate support for the proposed conversion by a petition signed by a majority of teachers assigned to the school or a petition signed by a majority of parents of students in the school.
Our own built-in Parent Trigger law.
Also, under Charter applications, Content, "Each authorizer's request for proposals must:" - mentions parents just one time (and it's a throwaway with a mention of "advisory bodies or parent or teacher councils" as examples).
But maybe it gets better. I'll read on and get back to you.