This fall, a record number of charter petitions were served to school districts throughout the state. Once a district is served a charter petition, there are strict timelines for reviewing specific aspects of the charter. Sixteen points of criteria including facilities, finances, staffing and delivery of curriculum must be reviewed by the district staff. Moreover, while the review process is taking place, the district must tend to internal and external communications challenges that a charter petition can present.
One of the state's preeminent legal authorities on charter schools, Melanie Petersen, partner with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, presented the laws, the timelines, and practical tips for charter petition review, and renewal and revocation of a charter school. Currently, Ms. Petersen, chair of F3's Charter School Practice Group, is working with a team of nine Southern California districts in receipt of the Global Tides petition.