February 2017

CCSA Responds to Administration Policies Regarding Transgender Students and Immigration

Read about CCSA’s response to the Trump Administation’s policies on transgender students rights and immigration, as well as access CCSA resources for members affected by these policy changes.

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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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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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Discount on #CCSACon When You Register for FREE Pre-Conference Session for New Charter Leaders

New charter school leaders have many great opportunities at this year’s #CCSACon17 to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of seasoned charter leaders from across the state, including at a FREE pre-conference session that kicks off CCSA’s “Mentor Project” which pairs charter leaders of new schools with mentor charter school leaders. BONUS: Those who register for this session will save $200 on their registration for #CCSACon 17!

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#CCSACon 17 Now Just Five Weeks Away

Have you registered for the 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference? The event starts in just five weeks. Learn more about how to register and view select programming highlights here.

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Cal Grants Grade Point Average Submissions Due March 2, 2017

High schools that need to submit GPAs for their seniors to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) have until March 2, 2017, which is the Cal Grant deadline. Learn more about the deadline and how to submit here.

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CDE & State Board of Education Recruiting Applicants for Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee

The CDE and the State Board of Education are now recruiting applicants for the Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee (CSSAC) to assist with the development of California’s new Computer Science Standards. Applicants must apply for the committee by Mar 31. Learn more about the position and application process here.

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More than 1,200 African American Charter Advocates Rally at the Capitol for More Funding, More Choice

On February 1, more than 1,200 African American charter school advocates gathered at the State Capitol to discuss one of the most important issues affecting Black students across California: constructive actions that will help close the African American academic achievement gap. Learn more about the successful event and view recent media coverage here.

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Scholar Dollars Grant Program Application Due February 22

The State Treasurer’s Office and Scholarshare have partnered to create a new grant program called Scholar Dollars, designed to help fund extracurricular and enrichment programs at school sites. Learn more how you can qualify and apply for this grant of up to $25,000. Applications are due February 22.

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Orange County Prop. 39 School Gets Creative with Space

As any Prop. 39 school can tell you, nothing lasts forever and nothing is guaranteed. However, Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts (OCASA) in Laguna Nigel found a unique solution to this problem by bringing in two shipping containers outfitted as an art studio and a maker lab. Check out an interview with CCSA and OCASA Executive Director Kapil Mathur (KM) about the labs.

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