That likely extends to the Families & Education levy. I have asked the City about this and yes, they are taking it up with the City Attorney. My reading of the law (and Eric if you are out there, chime in) is yes. Problem is the City does not give money via F&E levy. (The district doesn't but it is somewhat easier to figure out a charter share.) The City provides services so I guess the City could decide which services to give to a charter but it cuts up that piece of pie even more.
End of update.
The question gets asked, all the time, and especially now that we all know that under 1240, a private school can open/change to become a charter school.
The question is - can a private school operate on the same funds as a public school?
They can certainly try; they don't have to. They can go after private money or grants, just like the school districts they sit in.
But here's a great example of a charter school in California that loves parents...and wants parents to show the love back. The school relies on 20% of its budget coming from family contributions alone. Their "Parental Commitment to Excellence" page at Pacific Collegiate School:
Parents are a vital part of the team at PCS. You play an essential role in both individual student success and overall school support. This is as true today as it was when the school was founded. PCS needs you!
Our Board, administration, faculty and staff strive for excellence in all that we do to serve our students and represent the school. We embrace our role as partners and strive for excellence and collaboration in all that we do.
We ask that you partner with us and make a commitment to excellence on behalf of our family and student in the following ways:
- I understand that PCS is a charter school and is dependent upon donations to bridge the gap between state funding and the actual cost of providing my student(s) with an education of this caliber. I acknowledge that each family is asked to donate $3,000 per student and 100% family participation is the goal of the Annual Fund Drive.
- I will stay informed using the school website, reading school-related emails and checking PowerSchool on a regular basis.
- I will communicate with my student’s teachers in a way consistent with the protocol I receive from them at Back to School Night.
- I will fulfill the annual minimum of 40-hour parent volunteer requirement for my family. I will register and report these activities and hours on the PCS website at the Volunteer Central Tracking System.
- I will attend at least one Campus Work Day to help care for our school as part of my 40 hours of volunteer service. (Work days are on Saturdays).
- I will attend at least one Board Meeting during the school year.
Also, to get into the lottery for this school you have to submit their enrollment form AND attend an information night. This would probably be allowed under 1240.
Your child also has to maintain a C average to be promoted or not have to repeat a course.
This is the top-ranked charter school in California.