October 2017

Momentum Continues for California Charter School Growth

CCSA announced that an estimated 630,000 students are enrolled in 1,275 charter public schools in California for the 2017-18 school year. This year 65 new school equivalents opened across the state, including 56 new startups and replications, and nine planned significant expansions of existing schools.

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Charter School Supporters Rally En Masse Outside Senate Education Committee Hearing

Dozens of parents and charter school supporters will speak at a rally in front of the Ronald Reagan Building, located at 300 South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, on Monday, October 23 beginning at 10:00 a.m. as the California State Senate Education Committee holds hearings on key issues surrounding charter school authorization.

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CCSA Releases Academic Accountability Data for Every School in California

CCSA released two new accountability tools that provide a variety of school level data for every traditional district school and charter public school across the state to help school leaders, teachers, families, charter school authorizers and school communities make critical decisions.

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Help the Charter Community Affected by North Bay Area Wildfires

Several families and staff members within the charter community have lost their homes due to the devastating North Bay fires in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties. Some have even lost parts of their campus and school supplies. Please join us in helping them rebuild and get through this difficult time.

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CCSA Applauds Governor Brown for Protecting Students Rights

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) applauds Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 1360 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which ensures California’s charter public schools are accessible to all students, and that no student will be excluded because of enrollment and admissions policies. The bill also strengthens existing statute by enhancing due process rights for students facing dismissal.

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Central Valley CMO is Closing the Achievement Gap, Placing Hispanic Students on Path to College

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, CCSA is proud to recognize one of California’s very own Latino charter school leaders who is helping to make our country, state, and public education system stronger for all, regardless of citizenship status. Paul Escala, Executive Director of Grimmway Schools (Grimmway) in the Central Valley’s Kern County, is transforming the education of Kern County’s rural community students.

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Conference Early Bird Discount: Lock In Your Registration Today!

The Early Bird Deadline to register for the 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference is Friday, Oct. 27.

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CCSA Statement - Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Students of Undocumented Immigrants

CCSA released the following statement after Governor Brown signed several bills to protect and benefit California’s most vulnerable students and their families.

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CCSA Congratulates California Recipients of "Charter Schools Program" Grants

Four California Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and two California non-profit agencies/state agencies were awarded grants on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education through the “Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (Charter Schools Program or CSP).” The CSP provides grants to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation, giving students access to more options for their education.

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CCSA Congratulates 2017 Blue Ribbon Award Recipients

Six California charter schools were among the 23 charter schools across the nation named last week as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The schools will be honored at a national awards ceremony November 6-7 in Washington, D.C. See the list of honorees here.

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October 2017 CEO Message

Read the October message from CCSA President and CEO, Jed Wallace.

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