AB 1360 took effect on January 1, 2018 and the law makes clear what charter school operators must do to ensure equal admissions access and disciplinary due process for all students. It states that a charter school shall admit all students who wish to attend the charter school. If there are not enough spaces, the charter school must hold a random, public lottery. How does your school handle admissions?
Does your school enroll a disproportionately low percentage of students with disabilities, low-achieving pupils, English learners, delinquent pupils, homeless pupils, economically disadvantaged pupils, foster youth, compare to surrounding schools?
Do any of the school’s policies or practices seem to limit access to enrollment for any of these groups?
Do you notice the opposite and your school enroll a higher percentage of students with disabilities?
Our charter school, in Sacramento, does not ask if the student has a disability on the initial enrollment packet. We never exclude based on disability. I tend to think we enroll a higher percentage of certain types of disabilities. I am glad this law was passed, because I know some charter schools do have discriminatory practices, but I think it’s important to realize there are some amazing charter schools across the state and nation doing great things for kids with disabilities, and in some instances, giving them more opportunities than they are allowed at traditional public schools. Thanks for sharing !