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Janelle A. Ruley


LOS ANGELES OFFICE | 916.646.1400 Ext. 225

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 establishment, 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 and revising MOUs, negotiations with chartering authorities, compliance with public transparency and open meeting laws and related policy development, as well as AB 1505 revisions to the Charter Schools Act, student admission and lottery requirements, charter school location requirements, Local Control and Accountability Plan issues, and a wide range of safe school issues.

Janelle is a frequent presenter at CCSA-sponsored events, as well as the annual APLUS+ Conference, and a regular Brown Act trainer for charter school boards.



  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)

  • Dartmouth College (B.A.)

Champions of Outstanding Choices in Education