Charter school parents to protest AB 1531

SAN DIEGO - Dozens of San Diego parents will protest a bill Wednesday that they claim will hurt charter schools.

Assembly Bill 1531, authored by Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), will require public charter schools to be governed by boards that have elected or appointed members. Chau said the bill, which was approved by the state Assembly's Education Committee last week, will allow charter school employees to participate in the state pension.

But protesters claim the bill would hurt charter schools rather than help its employees.

In a press release, protesters said the bill could force the closure of charter schools, including the 55 in San Diego County.

Protesters plan to gather Wednesday morning outside the offices of Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez and Shirley Weber in downtown.

An estimated 519,000 students attend 1,130 charter schools in California.

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