What is a Joint Powers Authority?

A California Joint Powers Authority (JPA)  is a government-regulated entity formed by two or more California public agencies for the mutual benefit of the agencies. As public agencies, California charter schools have come together, pooling assets to establish a broad and stable insurance program through the California Charter Schools JPA (CCS-JPA, DBA CharterSAFE). The JPA structure enables its charter school members to: 1) take advantage of volume purchasing strategies to acquire high-grade insurance coverage addressing the specific needs of charter schools, and 2) employ risk management and loss control experts to assist schools in minimizing claims.