KEY LOCAL AGENCY TRANSPARENCY RULES APPLY TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, ACCORDING TO ATTORNEY GENERAL
After seven years of consideration, the California Attorney General recently issued his opinion that longstanding local agency laws require charter schools to comply with the open meeting and records rules of the Brown Act and Public Records Act, and the conflict of interest disclosure and restrictions of the Political Reform Act. For the vast majority of charters in the state, the opinion will have little or no practical impact in that regard, because compliance with these laws is already standard, usually described in the charter petitions themselves and often the topic of annual board trainings. Moreover, the opinion is not new law; it is merely advisory.
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