Published On: Tue, Jul 13th, 2021

California Lawmakers Extend Moratorium for Online Charter Schools

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California lawmakers have extended a moratorium on non-classroom based charters to 2025. AB 130, a multibillion-dollar educational budget bill, mandates that no new online charter schools are allowed to open until at least 2025. However, it does not hinder operations of existing online charters. The existing moratorium was enacted by AB 1505 by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), and was originally set to expire Jan. 1, 2022. “That is a continuation of the incessant multi-year effort of public education to level down, or to impose on charter schools, the same fetters that have made the rest of education mediocre and California mediocre to a failure,” Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) told The Epoch Times. “Certain self-interested groups want to do that, and they cap the number of charters. What does that mean to your kids and charter schools—your charter school teachers?” Opponents of the moratorium said the provision is an effort to curtail the growth of charter schools. Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) questioned why the …

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