Forced Parent Work Policies

Forced Parent Work Policies

Issue: Education
Topic: Charter Schools
Case Date: January 14, 2014
Public Advocates researched 555 charter schools in California and found that almost one-third of them (30%) require parents to do work at the school for a set quota of hours. This practice is illegal under the California constitution and the Education Code. In our report, we expose the extent of the practice and explain why it is illegal. We have sent a demand letter to the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education urging them to take immediate steps to abolish the practice. Below, we provide a list of all the charter schools we found that have such a practice, with a link to their policy documents.
Note: The policy statements discussed in the report were available publicly as of Nov. 20, 2014, when this report was released. Some charter schools may have changed their policies since then and may no longer state that parent work hours are required. We plan to release an update to the report and to this web site in 2015 to reflect those changes.

Read the report Charging for Access: How California Charter Schools Exclude Vulnerable Students by Imposing Illegal Family Work Quotas

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  • Urban Montessori Charter
  • Yu Ming Charter
  • Blue Oak Charter School
  • Children's Community Charter School
  • Paradise Charter Middle School
  • STREAM Charter School
  • Wildflower Open Classroom

  • Eagle Peak Montessori
  • Manzanita Charter Middle School

  • California Montessori Project
    Shingle Springs Campus
  • Camino Science and
    Natural Resources Charter School

  • Sanger Academy Charter School
  • Walden Academy
  • Fuente Nueva Charter
  • Laurel Tree Charter School
  • Redwood Coast Montessori

  • Abernathy Collegiate Charter School
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  • Academy of Science
    and Engineering
  • Alain Leroy Locke
    College Prep Academy (Green Dot)
  • Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon
    Technology Academy High School
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  • Alliance College-Ready Academy
    High School #16
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    High School #5
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    College-Ready High School
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    Mohan High School
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  • Alliance Health Services Academy
  • Alliance Judy Ivie Burton
    Technology High School
  • Alliance Marc & Eva Stern
    Math and Science School
  • Alliance Media Arts and
    Entertainment Design High School
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    6-12 Complex
  • Alliance Renee & Meyer
    Luskin College-Ready Academy
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    Eric Smidt Technology High School
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    Family Technology High School
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    Middle (green dot)
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    Academy (Green Dot)
  • Animo Ellen Ochoa Charter
    Middle School (Green Dot)
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    Charter High (Green Dot)
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    Charter High (Green Dot)
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    Charter Middle (Green Dot)
  • Animo Leadership High
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    School #2 (Green Dot)
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    Preparatory Academy
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    Middle School
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    Middle Academy
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    Elementary School
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    Middle School
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    Accelerated Charter Middle 
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    Middle Charter Academy
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    Charter High (Green Dot)
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  • Rowland Heights Charter Academy
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    International (SCVI)
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    Valley Charter Elementary School
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    Charter School
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    Arts Academy
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    Middle School

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    Charter School
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    Project - Elk Grove Campus
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    Project - San Juan Campus
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    Arts Academy
  • Ephraiem Williams
    College Prep
  • Fortune School
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    School of Sacramento
  • Higher Learning Academy
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    of Arts and Sciences
  • Sol Aureus College Prep
  • St. HOPE Public School 7
  • Westside Preparatory Charter
  • William Lee College
    Prep (Fortune)

  • Encore High School
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  • Hardy Brown College Prep
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    Charter Academy
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  • Pathways to College
  • Public Safety Academy

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    Community Charter School
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  • EJE Academy Middle
  • Helix Charter School
  • Oxford Preparatory Academy

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    Charter School
  • Acacia Elementary Charter
  • Acacia Middle Charter
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    Charter Academy
  • Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter

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    Learning Center
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    Brilliant Minds
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    Suenos Academy
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    Sheedy Academy
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    Puede Academy
  • Rocketship Spark Academy
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    Academy Charter
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    Education Charter School
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    Vacaville Academy
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    Technology Academy
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    Progressive Education
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