YM&C provides legal counsel for every aspect of charter school law.
Finding the right facility for your school for lease or purchase, or even building your own school facility, is a complicated and detail-oriented process with many potential pitfalls. YM&C attorneys are very experienced in a wide variety of real estate transactions and are knowledgeable about not only more general laws applicable to facilities but also legal issues unique to charter schools (for example, ensuring eligibility for SB 740, and negotiating facilities use agreements with school districts). In addition, once your charter school has selected its facility, YMC attorneys have many years of experience in assisting with advice on facility construction, bidding, prevailing wage and public works requirements, and maintenance of school facilities. As a result, YMC attorneys are able to help you navigate all of the different issues you need to think about and address as you seek a facility for your charter school, and then occupy that facility in the years to come.
In addition, YMC has advocated for the rights of many charter schools in the area of Prop. 39, and has successfully litigated a number of cases that have fundamentally improved the rights of charter schools in Prop. 39 (including Ridgecrest v. Sierra Sands School District and Meadows Art and Technology Elementary School v. Conejo Valley Unified School District).
Our charter defense team provides timely and detailed assistance in the following areas:
- Lease negotiations
- Facilities use agreement negotiations
- SB 740 Eligibility
- Proposition 39 advocacy
- Prevailing wage and public works requirements
- Land use requirements
- Advice on financing options
- Purchase and Sale Agreements
- Zoning review
- Department of Transportation approval