(Gipson) Floor: 46-31-3
California has the highest number of charter schools in the country, with about 9% of the student population enrolled in these schools. Despite the growth of charter schools, they have proven to be incompetent and inefficient stewards of taxpayer money. State authorities have found that $80M in public dollars has been wastefully spent by some of these schools. AB709 would have required that charter schools be transparent about how taxpayer money is spent, and mandated that they follow the same state laws as public schools. The bill was vetoed by the Governor.