August 2011

Demand Your Proposition 39 Facility

As charter schools begin the school year, it is important to start planning for the upcoming Proposition 39 deadlines. Prop. 39 facilities provide charter schools with valuable buildings, for minimal costs, thereby enabling them to redirect the funds normally expended on leases towards what is most important…the classroom.

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Sept. 7 & 29: Charter Employee Services 101

Attend a quick, 45 minute webinar on Charter Employee Services and be entered into a drawing to receive a scholarship to cover full registration to the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento!

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Congratulations, Community and Conference!

There is lots to share this week: New schools opening in our region, opportunities collaborate with area principals and special “Don’t Miss!” deals on Conference registration.

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Did you know? OUSD Board Watch

A lot has been happening in this space… get the details and find out how to stay informed.

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Association Joins Mayor and Superintendents to Increase Literacy

We’re excited to collaborate on this important city-wide campaign that will improve educational outcomes for kids.

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Central Valley Regional Meetings

Register today for the meeting near you. Fresno members - your meeting will include a brief presentation by the CCSA Special Education team.

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Member Discount: Parent Notification System

Start the new school year off right by letting CCSA vendor member SchoolReach help you improve communications, improve achievement, and go green.

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Help us pack the LAUSD board room Aug. 30!

This Tuesday, the LAUSD board might vote to not allow charter schools and community groups to apply for new school sites. The board members need to hear from you and your parents!

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Governor Brown Announces Job Growth Proposal

Governor Brown announced a new proposal today to spur job growth.

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Capitol Update 8/25/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Charter Schools Win at the State Allocation Board
* California Weighs in on Possible No Child Left Behind Waiver
* Charter School Facility Grant Program (SB 740 Program)
* Transition to Common Core Standards

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Sept. 14: LAUSD Prop. 39 Town Hall with Sean Jernigan of LAUSD's Innovation and Charter Division

The Town Hall will provide charter operators with the LAUSD staff perspective of the Prop. 39 process, and will address typical challenges and issues occasionally arising from application submittal, as well as tips to avoid such pitfalls.

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Special Education Gains in the San Diego Region

San Diego charter schools are making huge gains in serving their special education students independent of their districts. Now charter schools in the county have decided to follow in their footsteps. Learn about the creation of a second JPA to serve these charter schools.

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Butte County Back-to-School Mixer

Let’s celebrate the beginning of another school year!

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External Resource: Free Cyberbullying Toolkit Available

Cyberbullying is back to school, too. Don’t let it get settled in.

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CCSA Answers: Authority for Enforcing a Discipline Policy

Question: At our school, students who are excessively tardy or break the rules are assigned “Campus Beautification” or “CB.” The student helps clean up the cafeteria or may be assigned to help serve, so “CB” duty has been an effective discipline tool for us. This policy is stated in our Student Handbook, which is signed by each parent and student upon enrollment. Most parents are supportive. However, a few parents have complained that “CB” duty humiliates their child. How much authority do we have to enforce our discipline policy?

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Featured Grant: California Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (CaMSP)

Funds to establish Demonstration Centers for up to $250,000 to support currently funded and potential CaMSP applicants; funding also available for new partnerships to improve the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science with a focus on creating opportunities for enhanced and ongoing professional development for mathematics teachers (grade three through Algebra 1) and science teachers (grades three through eight)

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SchoolPool Ridematching Service Helps Parents, Schools

Did you know that SchoolPool - a secure online ridematching service administered by SANDAG for parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade - is open to San Diego County charter schools?

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Aug. 24 and 25: Medi-Cal Claiming Programs Information Sessions

LAUSD is close to completion of the ARRA funds projects for charter schools. One of the few remaining projects was the Medi-cal billing service for charters. A vendor has been selected and charters have the opportunity to access these services at no cost. In order to learn about the services, and receive information on how to access the services, come to one of two separate dinners being held this week.

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External Opportunity: Freedom's Sisters at the Museum of Tolerance

Freedom’s Sisters is a multimedia exhibition that celebrates 20 African American women, including historic 19th-century figures and contemporary leaders, who helped shape the spirit and substance of the Civil rights Movement in America.

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California Department of Education Releases New Request for Applications for Charter School Start-Up Grants

The California Department of Education has posted the application and supporting material for the next round of funding for the federal Public Charter School Grant Program.

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Join the Conference Programming Committee

Do you love the conference but wish YOU could have a hand in selecting the sessions? Here is your opportunity!

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Oakland: Principal for a Day

Schools, help build community relationships while giving participants a firsthand look at the daily challenges and opportunities of being an Oakland charter school principal.

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East Bay Principals' Opportunity

Principals, assistant principals, and district/CMO leaders thinking about principal professional development and school leadership teams are invited.

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South Bay Principals' Networking Opportunity

Principals, assistant principals, and district/CMO leaders thinking about principal professional development and school leadership teams are invited.

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Make Your Voice Heard; Participate in the #AskArne Twitter Town Hall

An opportunity for folks from the California charter community to connect directly with United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan!

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Local Schools are Making their Mark in the Media

I have been noticing more and more marketing & advertising from our local charters and I think it’s fantastic.

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Growth in Charter Schools

Read about the new schools opening in our region, as well as trends we’re seeing in this area.

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Member Discount: 15% Off Online Language Program

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Build an online World Language program with Middlebury Interactive Languages this fall for your school or district and MIL will discount your order by 15%!

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Aug. 31: LAUSD Renewing Schools Meeting

CCSA is hosting a meeting for LAUSD-authorized charter schools that are up for renewal on Aug. 31

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Help Us Pack the LAUSD Board Room on August 30

LAUSD boardmember Steve Zimmer’s resolution to give in-district teams preference in their Public School Choice applications for new schools goes to a vote on Aug. 30. Help us pack the board room in opposition to this anti-reform measure!

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Capitol Update 8/18/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* California Redistricting Commission Finishes Its Work
* State Allocation Board
* Public Charter School Grant Program
* News from the California Department of Education (CDE)

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News from the California Department of Education

Learn how to access your school’s STAR Program test results, and how you can apply for an appointment to serve on the Child Nutrition Advisory Council.

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Financial Management Resources Help Members Prepare for Shifting Cash Flow Situations

CCSA offers a number of resources to help member schools implement the principals of sound financial management as concerns are raised about the optimistic projections for state revenues assumed in the approved budget.

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Download the "Back to School Checklist"

The beginning of the school year can be hectic, but it’s also an important time to review and update vital information. The Association’s “Back to School Checklist” contains information schools should consider as they prepare to open for a new school year.

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In Memoriam: Linda Ngarupe

Linda Ngarupe, previously the Executive Director of University Preparation School at CSU Channel Islands, passed away on August 10.

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CDE receives smaller than anticipated PCSGP grant

USDOE decreases the grant amount to CDE for the 2011-2012 year

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Charter School Facility Grant Program

The California Department of Education continues to process applications for the Charter School Facility Grant Program in their effort to complete disbursements for the 2010-11 grants. Find out what your school needs to do.

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Regional Meetings for Inland Empire and High Desert Charter Leaders are set!

Get the details and register today! Also inside… two local stories you definitely want to read.

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Have you reached out to your OUSD or ACOE Board members lately?

If not, it is a good time to do so! The recent spate of denials at the District level in Oakland are concerning.

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Upcoming Bay Area Regional Charter Leaders Meeting: Register Now!

Hard to believe, but Fall Regional Meetings are coming up fast.

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Mark your calendars: Fall Central Valley regional meetings

Regional meetings are coming up soon - plus a congratulations to Grimmway Academy in Bakersfield!

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Regions 2 and 3: Save-the-Date for Fall Regional Meetings!

Mark your calendars today! Agenda, online registration and region-specific content coming soon.

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Upcoming San Diego Regional Charter Leaders Meetings: Register Now!

You know summer is coming to a close when we start planning fall regional meetings!

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Federal Charter School Grant Opportunities

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program recently announced that they are accepting applications for two grant programs, due August 24. Get the details!

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You Can Help Stop Sacramento from Attacking Charters!

The most significant way to make sure that your legislators are working for your schools is to build a relationship with them.

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Capitol Update 8/11/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* State Budget Update
* End of Session Preview
* Senate Bill (SB) 547 - Possible Changes to California’s Public School Accountability System
* 2nd Grade Testing
* Back to School Checklist

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Possible Changes to California's Public School Accountability System

One of the big policy changes still being discussed this year is SB 547, which completely revised California’s API system, and creates a new Education Quality Index, or EQI. Because a change like this would have such far reaching implications for charter schools, we have prepared a members-only briefing memo on SB 547, and its implications for charter schools. We encourage you to download and read it today.

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CCSA Answers: The Fair Education Act and Charter Schools

Question: How will the passage of the Fair Education Act impact charter schools?

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Featured Grant: Sodexo Youth Grants

Funds to support youth led service projects that address the issue of childhood hunger during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20, 2011) engaging peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger

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Mark Your Calendar for Fall Bay Area Regional Meetings

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Fall Charter Leader Regional Meetings! Bay Area meetings will take place at the end of September and beginning of October.

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Bay Area Special Ed and Renewal Initiatives Are Underway

CCSA provides state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and a variety of operational and support services to our members. Are you aware of these two CCSA initiatives taking place in the Bay Area?

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Get 100% Participation from Your Staff in Membership

Take advantage of all aspects of your CCSA membership as you gear up for the 2011-12 school year!

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Educational Listening Tour at Gompers Preparatory Academy

I had the opportunity to attend a session of the Educational Listening Tour, initiated by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and City Council President Tony Young, hosted at Gompers Preparatory Academy (GPA) last week.

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District-Charter Compact negotiations resume in Sacramento City Unified

An update on the negotiations underway this August.

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External Resource: Free Teacher Professional Development

Teachers! Take advantage of this online resource: planning guides and actionable research delivered to your inbox!

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19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Call for Presentations

Answer the call! Submit your proposal for the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, and take advantage of our “summer special” registration rate, now!

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Featured Grant: Sodexo School Engagement Grants

Funding to engage teachers and students in learning about the incidence of childhood hunger in their community, and in leading meaningful activities that facilitate access to nutritious food for all children, especially those most at risk, through a service-learning “Semester of Service”

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CCSA Answers: Charter school students and pertussis (whooping cough) immunization

Question: Do charter school students need to be immunized against pertussis (whooping cough)?

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Aug. 24: Film Screening and Community Forum on Black Male Student Achievement

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You’re invited to a free screening of the documentary “Beyond the Bricks” and a panel discussion on solutions to the black male student achievement gap on Aug. 24 at Santee Middle School, featuring Blair Taylor of LA Urban League, Larry Aubry and Marshall Tuck.

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Aug. 18: Communications 101 Training in Los Angeles

Are you trying to get positive media coverage of your school, reach out to families or raise your profile in the community? Get tips and inspiration with our free Communications 101 Workshop in Los Angeles!

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