Legislative Alert: California Budget Caps Charter School Funding

Dear John Adams Academy Families,

Every year that John Adams Academy has been in operation, our enrollment has grown, and now we have campuses in El Dorado Hills, Lincoln, and Roseville.  As parents and scholars discover the benefit and beauty of our American classical servant leadership model, they continue to choose John Adams Academy for their family.  As a result, we have long waitlists with many families, waiting years for an opportunity to enroll.  In response to this demand, we have taken years to finalize plans, property acquisition, financing, permits, and construction for a brand new 96,000 square foot facility that will be opening this coming fall as a permanent home for our Lincoln campus. We are welcoming more than 800 additional scholars for next year across our three campuses.  

In a backroom deal, the legislative leaders reached an agreement on a 2020-21 state budget package. Included in the deal was legislation to implement the K-12 education components of the budget.  This budget “trailer bill” (SB98) contains a provision capping funding for growing schools at prior year funding levels. This means that if a school, district or charter, is doing well and is attracting more students, the school will not be paid by the State for that additional enrollment. Since this deal was crafted behind closed doors, schools, education associations, and many legislators were not given the opportunity to weigh-in.  Once this deal was made public, we worked with charter associations and our elected representatives in the legislature in an attempt to correct this punitive proposal.   Unfortunately, it has passed the legislature and has been signed by the Governor.  Follow this link for more information from the Charter School Development Center (CSDC) about the anti-charter budget proposal:

https://www.chartercenter.org/news/legislative-alert-continue-the-pressure-to-lift-the-cap

Some families and members of our staff have reached out to ask what impact this will have on John Adams Academy. We want you all to know that we are fully committed to serve all John Adams Academy families. Whether you have been enrolled with us in previous years, are moving between our campuses, or are joining us for the first time this fall, we will continue serve you.  The same is true for all of our dedicated staff that live our Core Values and build our culture of greatness. We will keep our focus on opening our new Lincoln facility this fall and the delivery of our outstanding program at all of our growing sites. 

We ask that you stand with us while we stand with you.

Ronald Reagan said: 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

We will be working with our board in the next several days to finalize a direct response to this legislative overreach.  When signing the bill, the Governor offered some hope by asking the legislature to fix this error.  While we will do all that we can within the legislative process, it may require a more direct action such as litigation to remedy this Constitutional violation, especially considering the fact that it was the legislative majority who blatantly ignored constituent’s pleas to fix this inequity in the first instance.  We ask for your support in this battle by continuing to exercise your freedom and your right to a choice in education.  We will reach out in the near future with additional ways you can help.

As we ponder the challenges faced today by those of us who advocate for freedom in education, we are reminded of how the founding of this great nation was wrought with adversity.  We will continue to bear the torch so that the light of freedom can be handed onto future generations to do the same.

Respectfully,

John Adams Academy

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