About the Charter Schools Division
L.A. Unified will be a progressive global leader in education, providing a dynamic and inspiring learning experience where all students graduate ready for success.
MISSIONThe LAUSD Charter Schools Division fosters high quality educational opportunities and outcomes for students in the greater Los Angeles community through exemplary charter public school authorizing, oversight, and sharing of promising practices so that all students maximize their potential.We believe that our success depends on:
Brief History of the Charter Schools Division
- Making decisions that put the interests of students first.
- Serving with high expectations, integrity, professionalism, and commitment.
- Employing authentic, responsive, and effective leadership and teamwork.
- Continuously learning as a dynamic organization.
- Building and sustaining a healthy workplace culture where high performance, diversity, and creativity thrive.
- Developing productive relationships with our charter schools and all stakeholders.
In 1993, the LAUSD designated specific staff to provide oversight to charter schools to ensure that each charter school operates in compliance with all applicable laws and terms of its charter.Charter Schools Division Responsibilities:The charter authorizing entity is responsible for ensuring the charter school operates in compliance with all applicable laws and terms of its charter. EC Section 47604.32 identified the duties of a charter authorizing entity.Specifically, the charter authorizing entity must:
- Identify at least one staff member as a contact person for the charter school
- Visit each charter school at least annually
- Ensure that each charter school under its authority complies with all reports required of charter schools by law
- Monitor the fiscal condition of each charter school under its authority
- Provide timely notification to the California Department of Education (CDE) if the charter is revoked or if the charter school will cease operation for any reason
- Ensure the District's compliance and implementation of Proposition 39 by managing, planning, developing and executing facility projects as they relate to Proposition 39. The District receives about 80 requests from charter schools seeking about 25,000 seats each year.
Organizational Structure and Staff
The Charter Schools Division (CSD) manages, coordinates, and administers the activities related to the District's efforts in developing, approving, overseeing, and renewing Charter Schools as required by law. The CSD reports to Dr. Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer, in the Division of Instruction.The CSD staff role is to review, process, and provide recommendations to the Board to approve or deny charter petitions in open board meetings on a monthly basis for new and renewing charter school petitions. The staff performs oversight functions and provides support for District-authorized charter schools.
How the Charter Schools Division has positively impacted the LAUSD
- Support the District's Strategy to have a robust portfolio of school choices for parents and students
- Hold schools accountable for results
- Serve as a national leader as the largest District authorized of charter schools in the nation
- Following are some examples of key accomplishments resulting from our work to help build transparency and clarity for charter operators:
- Policy on Charter School Authorizing (Board Approved)
- Administrative Procedures for Charter School Authorizing (Board approved)
- Administrative Procedures Handbook
- Oversight tool to increase accountability
- Developed BUL-5532 - Policy on co-locations for District School Facilities' Use Pursuant to Education Code Section 47614 (Proposition 39)