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Precarious Status of Independent Study in California

shared by Heddi Craft
You may have heard that the big bill to change charter school law has been tabled but there are still some problematic things happening for independent study in general with the budget!
Please contact Your Legislator Today! Budget Conversations are happening now.
Please reach out to tell state lawmakers to urge them to preserve Independent Study as a crucial option for students.
Hello, my name is ______________. I am a teacher/educator/parent from [INSERT SCHOOL NAME].
The Governor and Legislature are debating last minute changes to the Independent Study law as part of the budget negotiations. The current proposal is highly problematic.
It is important that the Legislature and Governor not unintentionally shutter programs for alternative education or at-promise students. Additionally, if the state is going to change the law, it needs to give enough time for families and schools to adapt and revise Independent Study programs without disrupting education plans and funding.
A broad coalition of education groups sent a letter with potential amendments to address our concerns. Remarkably, the groups representing school labor, management, and charter schools are united in asking for these changes. (Letter will be posted soon at Please consider these changes as you debate the final budget.Our Independent Study program is a crucial option for students.
A few things to keep in mind when lobbying members of the Legislature:
1) Be courteous and kind to legislators and their staff.
2) Be brief and as concise as possible.
3) Thank them for taking time to listen to your concerns.

Legislators Contact Information

Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties – Assembly Member Mark Stone – DEM , State Assembly (District 29)

Capitol Office
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 319-2029
Fax: (916) 319-2129
Santa Cruz County District Office
701 Ocean Street 318-B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tel: (831) 425-1503
Fax: (831) 425-2570
Monterey County District Office
99 Pacific Street Ste 575-G
Monterey, CA 93940
Tel: (831) 649-2832
Fax: (831) 649-2935


Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo Counties in their entirety, and portions of Monterey and Santa Clara Counties – Senator John Laird – DEM, State Senate (District 17)

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4040
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4017
Fax: (916) 651-4917

Santa Cruz District Office

701 Ocean St. Suite 318A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 425-0401
Fax: (831) 425-5124

Monterey District Office

99 Pacific Street, Suite 575-F
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 657-6315
Fax: (831) 657-632

Heddi Craft is a local parent, educator and coordinator of local and state independent studies organizations.
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