CARSNet Update

June 2020

While the CARSNet program is no longer active, we will continue to keep this website open so you can access all the critical resources and forms that the CARSNet Program has created and shared over the years. Click on the Resources tab above to find pertinent information on Petition Reviews, Oversight and Renewals. Click on the Conference tab to access past conference presentations.


ACOE is no longer actively a part of the federal Charter Schools Leadership grant Advancing Great Authorizing & Modeling Excellence (A-GAME). However, the ongoing project lead by the National Charter School Institute and Momentum Strategy & Research is important work! For more information about this project, visit their website at

Charter Authorizer Resources

View the School State of CA Dashboard Comparison

AB 1505 & AB 1507 Toolkit
This toolkit helps  charter school authorizers implement the recent CA legislative changes 

California Charter Schools Act and Other Selected Laws and Regulations (2020)
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo is pleased to present the 2020 edition of its Legal
Resource Guide on Charter Schools. This Guide contains the current law including revisions that
went into effect January 1, 2020, as well as changes that will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

Summary of Major Changes to Petition Review and Appeal Process and Criteria Under AB 1505

Your Input Wanted!

Measuring Quality: A Resource Guide for Authorizers and Alternative Schools


PODCAST: Teaching districts the ABCs of charter oversight

EdSource Today, June 22, 2019

Interview with Teresa Kapellas, the executive director of CARSNet.

PODCAST: How many charter schools are too many charter schools? A statewide debate

Lozano Smith, March 28, 2019

PODCAST: Fulfilling the Promise of the Charter Schools Act – How Competition Sparked Trilingual Immersion in a Traditional Public School

Lozano Smith, January 7, 2019

Latest News

EdSource: Charter school authorizers come under greater scrutiny in California

admin | June 19, 2019 | Category: Charter News

Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Karen Monroe, who chaired the task force, said the most important need is to have a plan for training and technical assistance for charter authorizers. That, she said, was especially critical in very small districts or counties, and school personnel are “wearing lots of hats and don’t have the bandwidth” … Read More...

2018-19 Charter Authorizers Training Series

admin | June 11, 2019 | Category: Training

Dannis Woliver Kelley is pleased to continue its 2018-2019 Charter Authorizers Training Series with in-person consortia. The consortia are interactive, roundtable-style discussions of critical issues, and provide all participants with a chance to share their own dilemmas, challenges, frustrations and successes with their local colleagues, while getting legal answers to pressing questions about charter schools. … Read More...