Dear FIA Community,
Your voices were heard on AB 2484. As it was written, AB 2484 (Bonta) would have jeopardized $1.4 billion in public funding for charter school facilities – those funds would have taken away resources from our students. And 85% of the students impacted would have been Black and Latino and 75% low-income.
But in the face of this devastating bill, our charter school communities took action! We made hundreds of calls, sent emails and met with Assembly Members to ask for their support for continued access to public facility funding.
After FIA school leaders and parent leaders met with Assembly Member Bonta, FIA Parent Leader Tunisia Harris expressed that Bonta didn’t seem aware of the full impact the bill would have. The next week, ASM Bonta made significant revisions to the bill and shared from the floor of the Assembly, “Amendments were taken up yesterday and have eliminated the deed restriction and removed the grant funding cap from this bill based on feedback from stakeholders, including charter schools within my community and communities across the state.”
We appreciate that Assembly Member Bonta listened to charter school families and stakeholders about their serious concerns about the impacts of this bill on fair public funding for charter facilities.
We look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with our elected representatives and to making our voices heard so that charter schools are funded fairly and equitably.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to advocate and make your voice heard! It truly made a difference!