[REGIONAL NEWS] Governor, lawmakers agree on new controls on California charter schools

Publish Charter school parents stage a counter protest as thousands of public school teachers, administrators and supports march through the streets of Sacramento urging state legislators to provide more funding for public schools on May 22.
/Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

Districts will get to consider financial impact; charters will maintain a right of appeal

By John Fensterwald | San Francisco Chronicle

Ending months of difficult negotiations, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Wednesday they had reached a final deal on the most extensive changes to California’s charter school law since it was adopted nearly three decades ago.

The agreement would create a truce in the years-long battles in Sacramento over charter schools and resolve the most contentious education issue facing Newsom in his first year in office.

School districts for the first time would be able to consider the financial and academic impact on the district or neighborhood of a new charter school or a charter school that wants to expand. Districts like Oakland Unified that could show they are under fiscal distress will be able to deny any proposed charter from opening. “The presumption in those districts will be that new charters will not open,” said a statement from the governor’s office.

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