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February 2017 CEO Message

Read this month’s message from Jed Wallace, president and CEO, CCSA.

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U.S. DOE Guidance on Charter School Obligations to Students with Disabilities

On December 28, the U.S. Department of Education issued a new guidance package developed by the Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The guidance package contains details on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and details on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learn more about Section 504 and IDEA guidance, here.

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New School Leaders: Register for "The Mentorship Project" for a Discount on #CCSACon 17

Leading a new charter school can be isolating work, with leaders of new schools finding themselves making complex decisions early on without access to real-time, guidance and resources. To help, CCSA is launching The Mentor Project, which pairs charter leaders of new schools with mentor charter school leaders who will draw on their own knowledge and experience to provide support. Learn how to get involved.

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Watch the Charter Community's Response at the NAACP Hearing

African American leaders, parent and students from California’s charter school community delivered a powerful message to the NAACP at its hearing on charter schools in downtown Los Angeles earlier this month. Check out video highlights and news coverage from the event, as well as some of the powerful data showcasing African American charter students’ achievement here.

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CDE Releases Communications Toolkit on the California School Dashboard Report

The California Department of Education (CDE) released a communications toolkit on the California School Dashboard Report featuring links to customizable materials designed to support districts and schools with their community engagement efforts. Click here to access the toolkit.

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CCSA Launches Campaign to Fight CTA's Alternative Facts About Charter Public Schools

On behalf of the charter movement, CCSA launched a counter campaign to the California Teachers Association’s (CTA) Kids Not Profits “alternative facts” campaign about charter public schools. Learn more about this strategy here.

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CCSA Recognizes Sherwood Montessori For Collaboration with Local School District & Community

Sherwood Montessori, a Chico-based charter school, knows firsthand that “alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.” Learn about how this school used collaboration as the foundation for their success in securing an equitable Prop. 39 facility and funds to achieve their community relations goals

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Parents Can't Wait For Traditional Schools To Fix Themselves. That's Why We Choose Charters.

Trying to find exceptional schools for our children can be extremely challenging, that’s why education choice is so important to parents across the nation. Hear the personal story of Ana Beatriz Cholo, a mother, award-winning journalist, adventurer, Navy veteran, and Latino Outdoors volunteer, and how she fought for her children’s right to the best education possible and discovered that #charterswork.

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#CCSACon 17 Keynote Speaker and Breakout Session Highlights

The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference is now just one month away on March 20-23, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center. This week, check out conference highlights including our keynote speaker and three of our most popular session topics: Facilities, STEM and Special Education. Read on to learn more and register.

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Charter school community pushes back against the NAACP's moratorium on charter schools

On Thursday, February 9, African American charter parents, alumni, teachers, leaders, students and community members gathered in downtown Los Angeles for a press conference to tell the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) that charter schools are transforming lives in their neighborhoods. After, the group participated in the NAACP’s Task Force on Quality Education hearing to discuss the role of charter schools in their city and in their communities.Read more about the event here.

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