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Janelle A. Ruley



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Janelle Ruley has been an ardent charter rights advocate since 2007 and has assisted in the establishment or continued operation of hundreds of charter schools. Janelle’s primary focus is on charter development, renewal and revocation defense. She has represented charter schools in numerous venues, including before administrative agencies, the courts, school districts, county boards of education, and the State Board of Education. In her daily practice, Janelle regularly counsels clients regarding charter development, charter petition appeals, charter material revisions, drafting MOUs, negotiations with granting agencies, compliance with public transparency laws and related policy development, as well as Local Control Funding Formula/LCAP issues, student admissions, lottery requirements and a wide range of safe school issues.

Janelle is a frequent presenter at CCSA-sponsored events, as well as the annual APLUS+ Conference.


Janelle Ruley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College. Janelle was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth, completing a year-long, College-funded, independent study project on Institutional Change and Coeducation. Janelle received her Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. At McGeorge, she was an editor and staff writer on the McGeorge Law Review, and represented low income clients in family law and general civil litigation matters for two years in McGeorge’s Community Legal Services Clinic. She also received a Master of Laws in Government and Public Policy degree from McGeorge. Janelle was an Education Law Fellow while working toward the LL.M degree; as a Fellow, she provided hands-on programmatic support for the Pacific Pathways Pipeline Project, a Sacramento-based partnership that included an elementary school, (charter) middle school, (charter) high school, University of the Pacific, and the law school.