The purpose of charter schools is to create new professional opportunities for teachers to improve student learning while encouraging the use of different and innovative teaching methods. Inherent in the concept of charter schools is the belief that meaningful educational reform must be developed at the local site level and with the full participation of all “stakeholders” – teachers and other school employees, school board members and other elected officials, parents, guardians and other community residents.
CTA believes charter schools have a role in California’s education system by providing students, parents and teachers with educational opportunities in the public school setting.
All charter school employees should be organized to ensure both quality education for students and professional rights for school employees. Teachers in charter schools should hold a Commission on Teacher Credentialing certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to those required for other public school teachers.
Charter schools shall comply with all state required accountability and testing requirements. All records maintained by charter schools shall be available to the public in the same manner as those of school districts. All open meetings and public record laws shall apply to charter schools.
The granting of charters shall only be through school districts for schools within the boundaries of the school district. Satellites, branches and auxiliaries of charter schools shall be approved as separate charter schools using and subject to the state-wide limit on the number of charter schools.
No charter school shall discriminate against a student because of race, language, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or economic status.