California Assembly Bill 1316 (AB 1316) will have a tremendously negative impact on charter school students in our state, including our own Method students and families. In recent years, various bills have been introduced and passed that have severely impacted and limited our ability to serve students. AB 1316 is undoubtedly the biggest attack on charter schools - and school choice for families - since the inception of charter schools through the Charter Schools Act of 1992. Assembly Bill 1316 further entrenches the "education based on zip code, not by choice" mentality in California. It also perpetuates harmful myths about charter schools - and particularly non-classroom based schools.
Eliminates school choice options for many thousands of California charter school students and their families
Uproots thousands of students from their existing charter schools and forces them to return to their assigned district school
Strengthens school district monopoly conditions in California, which hurt students, families, innovation, and makes our state less economically competitive
Cuts funding by up to 30% for 200,000 online charter school students in California
Among other things, AB 1316 sets limits to how many students can enroll at individual charter schools, further restricts what counties students can reside in, and eliminates up to 30% of per student funding. This is in addition to a moratorium on new charter schools which was enacted over a year ago. This bill could also affect how your student's online school day looks, with less flexibility to work at their own pace and at a time of day that works for them. In short, AB 1316 is an unfortunate step backwards for online, flexible, and non-classroom based learning.