Five Simple Steps to Conquering the Form 700

In the aftermath of Watergate (1974), CA voters passed Prop 9, known as the Political Reform Act. At the same time, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created to administer and enforce this landmark ethics law. Subsequently, Form 700 was generated as a mandatory FPPC reporting tool and has been required of elected state officers, judges, state board and commission members, legislative staffers, and traditional school board members (among others) for decades.

In 2019, SB 126 made this disclosure mandatory for all charter school board members.

Filling out the Fair Political Practice Commission’s Form 700 can be daunting, but using CSDC’s checklist lets you focus and complete the task one-step-at-a-time.

Step One: Gather the needed external documents and information:

  • Download the Form 700
  • Have ready your charter school’s Conflict of Interest Code (this may be found on your school’s website or in your school’s administrative offices)
  • Know how to reach FPPC Advice Contacts (Phone: 1-866-ASK-FPPC; Email:

Step Two: Collect your personal financial information (which may include):

  • Financial documents related to rental properties
  • Financial documents related to stocks and other investments
  • Information related to your salary and employment
  • ...

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