Letter from the State Board of Education

This letter was sent to members of an anti-charter group in our community in response to their letter-writing campaign to insist on a “material revision” to our Charter. At this time, the State has reviewed our records and finds no need for a material revision.


May 3, 2017

Dear Ross Valley Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

Thank you for taking the time to write. We have read your correspondence and many others on this topic and understand your concerns. Due to the volume of email, and in the interest of time and resources, we are responding to all email with the same response.

As background, the State Board of Education unanimously approved the Ross Valley Charter School in January 2016. The State Board’s motion included a single condition that required the charter school to revise its petition and bylaws as specified by the California Department of Education. Ross Valley Charter School subsequently addressed this condition to the satisfaction of the California Department of Education.

In July 2016, the State Board of Education granted a material revision of the Ross Valley Charter Petition. The material revision granted the school the ability to postpone opening. Ross Valley Charter School has indicated intent to serve students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

The State Board of Education and California Department of Education found that the Ross Valley Charter School petition was consistent with sound educational practice. Final approval has already been granted to Ross Valley Charter School. There is no further Board action anticipated for this charter in the immediate future.

Again, we thank you for writing.

California State Board of Education
Communications Office
sbe@cde.ca.gov