As part of your CCSA membership, we provide many legal services at a free and reduced rate to schools. CCSA established the Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund (LDF) with the goal of providing California charter school students continued access to programs, facilities, and resources needed for high-quality education. With support from the LDF, we’re dedicated to helping member schools achieve financial stability and support when facing a burdensome legal landscape.
CCSA members may be eligible to receive pro bono or reduced rate legal assistance with incorporation and tax exemption. Eligible members will be partnered with outside attorneys for help securing nonprofit status, drafting bylaws and initial board resolutions, as well as preparing and filing of federal and state income tax exemption applications.
Legal challenges continue to be a major obstacle in the charter school movement. Many schools are forced to divert financial resources away from important educational programs in order to address challenges such as overregulation by authorizers and facilities inequities, among other things.
Subject to application and qualifications within the LDF Loan Program criteria, CCSA offers financial support options to CCSA members facing legal action that is causing undue burden to a school.