• California Supreme Court Rejects Union Attempts to Burden Charter Petition Process
  • August 15, 2012
  • Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - Office
  • In a significant victory for charter schools, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the California Charter Schools Act (“Act”) establishes the exclusive process for approval and revocation of charter schools, preempting the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement. The Court ruled that labor agreements between authorizers and their unions which add additional burdens on charter petitioners may not be enforced. While this decision concerned a dispute between a school district and its teachers’ union, the Court’s conclusions strongly suggest that school districts cannot impose conditions on charter schools which impose additional requirements on the charter approval or revocation process not found in the Act.