Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning “For Profit” Charter Schools

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Update: On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 406 which prohibits for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools in California.

The bill was authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (AD-7) and co-authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (AD-15).

For Governor Browns Legislative Update for Sept. 7: click here.


Original Release

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Legislature Thursday approved AB 406 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which would prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools in the Golden State. This bipartisan measure was approved by the State Senate on a 28 to 7 vote and by the State Assembly on a 49 to 15 vote.

Throughout the United States, a number of corporations are seeking to privatize public education as an untapped market for increasing corporate profits. A disturbing trend in this effort to privatize our public schools has been in the charter school arena.  These corporations take public taxpayer dollars and use a percentage of those dollars for corporate profits and excessive salaries for their executives with little or no transparency and accountability – taking taxpayer money away from students.

In California, 34 charter schools run by for-profit corporations serve over 25,000 students and divert millions of dollars annually away from public schools and into the pockets of corporate investors.

“The privatization of public education must end,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. “Passage of AB 406 puts student success ahead of corporate profits and affirms California’s belief that public tax dollars should be spent to increase student success in the classroom, not to increase corporate wealth the boardroom. This is an historic day in California and I respectfully encourage Governor Brown to sign AB 406 into law.”

The Legislature’s passage of AB 406 created a unique coalition, rarely seen in education policy where the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), representing thousands of public school teachers and the California Charter School Association (CCSA), representing charter schools both supported AB 406.

“Assembly Bill 406 will prohibit for-profit corporations from creating and managing charter schools in California, thus stopping the practice of diverting public dollars away from students for corporate profits with little to no accountability or transparency,” said Joshua Pechthalt, President of the CFT.  “The State of California has clearly shown that these for-profit education management organizations are ripping off taxpayers, misleading parents and shortchanging our students.”

A broad alliance across the state also supported AB 406 including the California Teachers Association, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Association of California School Administrators, the California Labor Federation, the California School Boards Association, the California School Employees Association and the California State PTA.

“AB 406 is in keeping with the overwhelming public sentiment in California that public dollars should not be used to advance a profit motive when it comes to the education of our children,” said Carlos Marquez, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for CCSA. “California has long embraced a vibrant and thriving charter school sector that’s public, free, and open to all. If there was any doubt that the overwhelming majority of charter schools in California are run by nonprofits and play by the rules, let AB 406 settle that question once and for all.”

AB 406 now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for final consideration.


8 COMMENTS

  1. What matters is the quality of education the children receive. CA public schools are for the most part worst in the nation. I would not be surprised if for-profit charter schools still perform better than public schools.

    • No … “for profit charter schools” are part of the “Making America Stupid Campaign” by selectively choosing what courses and subjects are taught — for example: We (the corporate charter school) don’t believe the Holocaust happened, so we won’t talk about it, Russia being our adversary is a hoax so we won’t bridge that subject either or the world is 5,000 years old so we won’t talk about the dinosaurs that roamed the planet 65 million years ago. The campaign to Make America Stupid is alive and well my friend.

  2. To Vince: Is there a difference between profit and non-profit charter schools? I am kind of surprised that a school would get a license to teach when they don’t teach a certain curriculum, incl Holocaust, evolution, etc

  3. For profit schools basically can teach any subjects they choose — for profits are run by a Board of Directors who do not have to answer to a School Board, whereas Public Charter schools (like Dozier Libbey High School) that are publicly funded answer to a local School Board. There are tons of sources defining Charter Schools in California and the criteria for them, you might want to check all those out to come to a conclusion. The information contained there is too large to put on this discussion board. Parents need to evaluate what a “for profit school” has to offer versus public schools, and if it is worth the cost of sending their kids there. Check it out.

    • To check them all out is crazy — too many. Find a reliable site, and do the research from there.

  4. Schools that teach limited curriculum are only one of the source of “Making America Stupid” … Parents play a large role too by not teaching their children basic social skills — like carrying on a conversation without the aid of an electronic device, teaching kids to read and think for themselves, not teaching their kids about accepting responsibility for their actions — just to name a few. — Sorry for the multiple posts.

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