California governor signs sweeping charter school law

Posted at 11:02 AM, Oct 03, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law overhauling charter schools in the state.

Charter schools are public schools that operate by different rules than traditional public schools. Anyone can apply for a charter school, and state law requires school districts to OK them if they meet certain basic requirements

This new law signed Thursday gives school districts more authority to choose which charter schools are approved within its boundaries. It will allow the district to consider factors like how the charter school would impact the community and existing schools. And it will require districts to not renew low-performing schools.

The law is seen as a compromise between teachers' unions and charter school supporters, who have long argued about how charter schools impact public education.