Charter School Students are not Entitled to an Evidentiary Hearing Before “Dismissal” or Required to Give Notice of Their “Dismissed” Status to Their New School District (K-12)

A June decision by the California Court of Appeal has held that that a “dismissal” from a charter school differs from an expulsion and that Education Code section 48918 requiring an evidentiary hearing before a student is expelled does not apply to charter schools in the “dismissal” process. This ruling has safety implications for all school districts and policy implications for both charter schools and sponsoring/authorizing school agencies.