April 2017

Public Advocates and ACLU Continue to Issue Misinformation about Charter School Admission Policies and Practices

CCSA released the following response to the ACLU and Public Advocates’ recent statement spreading misinformation about California charter school admission policies and practices.

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Celebrate 2017 National Charter Schools Week!

This week is National Charter Schools Week, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about California’s amazing charter public schools. CCSA will be kicking off the week with Advocacy Day tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2 at the California State Capitol, where charter leaders and advocates will meet with local legislators to discuss issues facing charter schools in California. Learn more about other ways you can celebrate and raise awareness here.

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Over $1,000 Scholarship Awards Available for LA Female College-Bound Students

The Women in Public Finance Los Angeles Chapter, in concert with the National Committee, is accepting applications for its 2017 Scholarships. These scholarship were created to support young women in their aspirations of achieving successful careers in the finance industry. Learn more about these opportunities available for college-bound, female high school student entering their senior year in the fall of 2017 here.

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CCSA Applauds Federal Ruling Blocking Trump's Order on Sanctuary Cities

As supporters of San Francisco County and Santa Clara County’s Complaints for Injunctive Relief, we are happy to learn of the courts ruling against President Trump’s ‘sanctuary jurisdictions’ executive order. Learn more about CCSA’s efforts to support this court ruling.

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California Charter Schools Top U.S. News Rankings of the Best Public High Schools

U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of the best public high schools in the country, of which nine of the top 10 schools are charter schools, including California’s very own Pacific Collegiate Charter in Santa Cruz which was ranked number 10 in the nation and number 1 in California. California charter public high schools represented nearly 20 percent of the rankings’ 2,600 schools. See which schools made it to the top 100.

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CCSA Applauds 2016 Honor Roll Schools

226 California charter schools were well represented on the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) list of 1,866 California public schools named a 2016 Honor Roll school.

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CCSA Congratulates Charter Schools Awarded Gold Ribbon Awards for Academic Excellence

CCSA is proud to recognize more than 30 charter schools throughout California who have honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. See the full list of schools recognized.

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CCSA Responds to PPIC 'Californians and Education' Study

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) today released the ‘Californians and Education’ study examining Californians perceptions on education policy and the changes that are underway in K through 12 education statewide. Three questions were particularly relevant to the charter school movement. View PPIC’s questions and CCSA’s response.

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CA Charter Schools Beating the Odds: Charter Students Learning More than Peers in Traditional Schools

The fifth Portrait of the Movement report shows that California charter schools continue to beat the odds by helping their students achieve at higher levels than their peers in traditional public schools.

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CCSA Issues Statement on LAUSD Board Resolution

Four LAUSD board members (McKenna, Schmerelson, Vladovic and Zimmer) voted in support of resolution 089, in support of three of the California Teachers Association’s (CTA) anti-charter bills this legislative cycle, including SB 808 (Mendoza).

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CCSA Files Amicus Briefs in Support of San Francisco and Santa Clara County's Motion Against Executive Order Stripping Funding from the Counties

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) recently joined amicus briefs in support of San Francisco County and Santa Clara County’s Complaints for Injunctive Relief. The lawsuits seek immediate relief from the enforcement of Section 9 in President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”

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Registration Deadline Extended: Advocacy Day 2017

Join more than 400 charter school leaders, teachers, parents, and students at CCSA’s Advocacy Day on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 to discuss with your local legislators issues facing your charter school. Registration for Advocacy Day has been extended to Friday, April 21. Learn more about Advocacy Day and how to register here.

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Charter School Parents Rally Against "Charter Killer" Bill

SB 808 would enable school districts to deny any new charter school and shut down any existing charter school, if the school is deemed an imposition on the district’s finances. The bill would also prevent charters who are rejected by their districts from appealing to the county or state.

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State Audit finds Alliance Did Not Spend Public Funds in Response to Unionization Efforts

An audit confirmed that all public funds received by the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools were directed to the classroom and that per-pupil classroom spending at three Alliance charter schools reviewed for the audit had in fact increased during the period of 2013 to 2016.

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"Follow the Funding" Database Reveals Budgets for Every LAUSD School

Building on a wave of reports and lawsuits charging that the L.A. Unified School District is not appropriately directing funding to high-need students, a new database offers a first-of-its-kind look at the budget for every district school. “Follow the Funding” (www.FollowtheFunding.org), a searchable online database, lets anyone - parents, teachers, advocates - see how much money their school is supposed to receive versus how much money the school actually receives.

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CCSA Responds to Report by In The Public Interest

CCSA released the following response to a new report from In The Public Interest, “Spending Blind: The Failure of Policy Planning in California’s Charter School Facility Funding.”

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Toolkit: 9 Key Elements of Successful Special Education Programs

CCSA has released a best practices toolkit detailing the nine key elements of successful special education programs and provides examples of how to implement each piece with links and references to supportive resources. Click here to view the full special education toolkit, or view this toolkit infographic that provides a brief overview of the nine key elements. To read the full report, including case studies of successful programs, click here. If you are a school leader or a special educator, please take the time to participate in CCSA’s Special Education Best Practices Toolkit Survey.

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CCSA Reinforces Commitment to Responsible Charter School Management

On Friday, March 31, 2017 CCSA learned federal authorities charged Ben Chavis, former director of three California charter schools collectively known as the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS), with mail fraud and money laundering in connection with the schools’ applications for federal grant funds. CCSA responded by reinforcing their commitment to ensuring responsible charter school management.

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