New CSDC Quick Guide for Brown Act Teleconferencing

Over the past few years, the California State Legislature has passed new laws related to board meeting teleconferencing. The confusing array of options—some temporary, some permanent—has left charter school boards trying to unravel and comply with these important rules.

CSDC created, and recently updated, a Quick Guide outlining the Brown Act Teleconferencing Options for board meetings. This new resource includes a chart that summarizes key features/requirements of the teleconferencing options currently in effect under the Brown Act (California’s public agency open meetings law).

The Quick Guide defines “traditional teleconferencing” and “just cause” and answers questions that include addressing “What authorization is required to use this option?” and “What are the technology requirements?” among others.

The rules—both old and new—for using teleconferencing options at charter school board meetings can seem complicated and overwhelming. CSDC hopes that the new Quick Guide will be useful to your charter school board as they unravel their legal options.

As always, if you have additional questions or need more clarification, please contact CSDC’s Governance and Policy Specialist, Caitlin O’Halloran Hellar, at


This quick guide is exclusively available to CSDC Member Schools and Authorizers. Please sign in or join to view. Access it here:


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