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Charter School Development Services

YM&C attorneys have assisted in the development of over three hundred charter school petitions over the last ten years in the State of California. YM&C attorneys are experts in the areas of drafting charter school petitions and supporting documentation to meet the high standards of local school district, county boards of education, and the State Board of Education. Indeed, YM&C represents seven out of the nine State Board approved charter school petitions. YM&C attorneys have successfully navigated the political and legal landscape at local educational agencies, even in the most adversarial situations, and have achieved charter approvals in the face of stiff opposition by administration and school district outside legal counsel. It is highly recommended that legal counsel be consulted in the advance review of charter petitions and supporting documentation, before they are submitted to school districts – once the documents are submitted, and a negative review by administration or outside school district lawyers is developed, the damage has already been done.

Our representation in the area of charter school development can be behind the scenes to assist in the drafting, development, and review of documentation (our office has hundreds of sample charters, policies, contracts, etc.) that may be utilized by clients for the development of charter petitions. Or, if desired, our office can be the point person in quarterbacking and strategizing the best way to proceed to achieve the ultimate goal of a successful charter petition approval. Our lawyers are experts at molding together information on an educational program, pupil outcomes, and the interests of governing body into highly-refined charter petitions in either the standard format or the model charter school application.



YM&C attorney’s offer the following charter school development services:

  • Comprehensive technical assistance and legal advice on all aspects of charter school creation and operation;
  • Comprehensive charter drafting;
  • Extensive database of charter school petitions throughout the state of California;
  • Comprehensive drafting of Memorandum of Understanding, Facilities Use Agreements, and other documents required by granting agencies;
  • Representation before location school districts, county boards of education, State Board Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, and State Board of Education for charter petitions
  • Corporation assistance in all aspects of incorporating the charter school and any supporting foundations;
  • Drafting of sample policies to be submitted with the charter petition;
  • Drafting of all employment agreements and policies to be submitted along with charter school applications;
  • Comprehensive and topic specific workshops for charter school developers and/or charter school management and board members.
  • We have many resources to offer charter developers, including sample documents and charters.
  • Subscribe to our Legal Alerts, which will notify you of important legal developments by the Legislature, court decisions, and administrative agencies (e.g. CDE, State Controller's Office, PERB, etc.) via e-mail.
  • Offering charter school workshops throughout California, we cover a multitude of issues affecting the charter school world.
  • Strategizing and network services in order to promote approval of charter petition; and
  • Litigation services.

The following is of our Top Ten (actually 15) suggestions developed by the attorneys at YM&C to assist charter schools in reducing annual legal fees. This list was presented as part of YM&C's Annual Workshop on "Avoiding Revocation, Nonrenewal and Revocable Audit Exceptions!"

The following are three PowerPoint presentations that YM&C has conducted:

YM&C attorneys present online (or in person) personalized workshops for interested charter school developers on all aspects of the charter petitioning process. Workshops include sample charters, MOUs, facilities use agreements and other important charter school development tools. Please contact YM&C for a free consultation on how we can make your charter petition and school a success.

Charter Development 101: Pre-ApprovalPowerPoint Presentation - Charter Development 101: Pre-Approval

Charter School Renewal PowerPoint Presentation - Charter School Renewal

The Brown ActPowerPoint Presentation - The Brown Act


 Sample Documents Sample Documents
YM&C has added certain critical documents to the website that charter school developers and operators will find useful; these documents represent a small sampling of the many forms, policies, contracts, charter samples, etc. that we have available for our clients use.


Click to see larger image   Charter Land is a humorous board game for folks interested in learning about the charter school world. Created by experts in the field, this challenging game will undoubtedly provide hours of fun and education, leaving you with more insight and knowledge in numerous charter school-related topics. From people who have been in the charter school world since its inception, to those who are new to the scene, all are sure to enjoy this fun teaching/learning tool. Charter Land is a creative way to get your team together in the spirit of learning.

To order, please send a check for $21.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling to:
Young, Minney & Corr, LLP, 7 Park Center Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825.