Supporting excellence in education at Roseland Public Schools in Sonoma County, Roseland Charter School has been selected to receive a $150,000 contribution from AT&T’s Aspire Program to support the school’s Destination College Program.
Have your Prop. 39 questions answered by legal experts.
Thank you to all who attended the regional charter leaders meeting last week.
Funding for state-of-the-art computer labs for after school programs in at-risk communities
Families That Can has created easy-to-read, nonpartisan voter guides to help you learn more about the candidates running for school board in a variety of communities across the state, including Oakland.
CCSA recently had the pleasure of shooting video with several long-time charter school leaders and a couple of parents in Oakland. Find out what they had to say about the impact of charter schools and their hopes for the future of the movement.
Improved search is here! You spoke and we listened!
Regional Charter Leaders Meetings are right around the corner. Our LA meeting is packed with great break-out sessions on everything from Common Core to Cash Flow, Special Education to Proposition 39. RSVP today!
The charter school community will be out in force for the Oct. 9 LAUSD board meeting. Read the latest updates and use our easy tool kit to spread the word.
Jonathan Dean from O’Farrell Community Charter School is hosting a Brown Act Training for Charter Leaders and Board Members. Middleton, Young & Minney will be conducting the training and a sit-down dinner will be served. Details Start time: 5:00 p.m….
The event will take place October 13, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, on the President’s Way Grass Area in Balboa Park.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Charter Schools Act and charter parents who are leaders with PACT (People Acting in Community Together) and CCSA, in collaboration with the SJ Consortium, are organizing a Community Action Meeting to build more support from community leaders, show the success of charters in increasing student achievement, and the need for more excellent schools for kids.
Did you know that it has been 20 whole years since the enactment of the Charter Schools Act in California? Please join us, on Saturday, October 13 at beautiful Preservation Park to commemorate this great milestone. Will your school participate? Let us know as soon as possible!
CCSA has produced a new Knowledge Brief to help members interested in the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP). The PCSGP application deadline is October 12, 2012. This Knowledge Brief provides information about the Request for Application (RFA), including changes from the past RFA, eligibility requirements, scoring, deadlines, budget, timeline, award and other critical resources for applicants.
The 2012-13 budget contains a new mandate block grant of $14 per ADA for charter schools. The deadline to apply for the mandate block grant is October 1.
An amazing deal on registration to the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference & Anniversary Celebration, that’s what! CCSA is proud to offer our Super Early Bird Registration Special available until October 26th.
Starting October 1 - 31, CCSA’s Charter School Facilities Initiative, a detailed analysis of the issues and challenges facing California’s charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities will officially begin.
Each year, DataDirector holds a user conference where system users from throughout the state can attend a variety of sessions on how to more effectively use DataDirector at their site. This year’s conference will be held in Long Beach on…
This exciting new software will allow users to grade assessments using a webcam instead of the traditional DataScanner software.
The most noticeable change has to do with equation rendering.
We highly recommend that all schools download this version immediately.
Question: What is the deadline by which surplus property request letters must be submitted by charter schools looking for a facility for the fall of 2013, to school districts?
Funding for projects that improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools in any subject area, engaging students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepens their knowledge of standards-based subject matter
The last two Central Valley Regional Charter Leader Meetings are happening this week. The locations and times of this week’s meetings are below so please attend or send a designee if necessary.
The Fresno Unified School Board unanimously approved a charter petition for the Kepler Neighborhood School, a proposed K-8 that founders plan also to use for community improvement and adult education.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 20th Anniversary of Charter Schools Rally at Valley Prep Academy Charter School in Fresno.
Something extraordinary is happening in at Sierra Expeditionary Learning!
Regional Charter Leader meetings are the perfect way to reconnect with your colleagues and get important updates about the statewide policies and issues that will impact your school. Local topics will vary, based on member interest.
Working in the charter school sector has some unique challenges and opportunities. That’s why several graduate schools and organizations have created degrees, fellowships and programs targeted specifically at educators from charter schools.
Throughout the month of October, the attorneys of Middleton, Young & Minney will be offering a series of workshops across the state on the Brown Act, best practices, governance and more.
The Prop. 39 application cycle is underway and CCSA has new and updated resources for member schools to help them throughout the process.
Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Application for After School Program Grants is Available
* Are You a Green School? Apply for the Green Ribbon Schools Award
* Share Your Expertise at the Conference
Procopio is hosting a free seminar for charter schools on employment law in Los Angeles - RSVP today to secure a spot.
Teach Plus is working to develop an intellectual community of solutions-oriented teachers interested in engaging in conversation about issues related to the teaching profession and providing feedback and ideas to policy leaders. Are you interested in being a part? Apply by Oct. 21!
We all know the power of collaboration and the importance of having a chance to share experiences and best practices with fellow educators. Fill out this short survey today for the chance to take advantage of LA’s principal support network - for free!
Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* PCSGP Request for Applications (RFA)
* Webinar - TOMORROW, September 19
* Request for Peer Reviewers
* CCSA Support for PCSGP Applicants
CCSA recently launched the Charter School Facilities Initiative, a comprehensive analysis of the issues and challenges facing California’s charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities.
The California Department of Education (CDE) will post a final Request for Application (RFA) in the coming days and offer a webinar on September 19. CCSA is providing additional information and technical assistance to help applicants.
Help determine your school’s Internet access quality by asking ten of your colleagues or students to each take one minute online test.
We’ve all heard the statistics. With so many issues on the ballot that will impact education, what can we do to increase the numbers of parents at the polls?
CCSA’s Knowledge Management Team will be offering one-hour consultations for any member charter school that has questions on how to complete the CBEDS forms or PCSGP applications
Funding for ideas, techniques, and approaches from educators that will cover the costs for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence
Question: What is the deadline by which students must provide proof of their pertussis vaccination, in order for charter schools to receive ADA for these students?
These sessions seek to inform eligible schools about upcoming Riordan Foundation grant opportunities and their application processes.
Have an amazing, outstanding teacher or volunteer at your school? Nominate them for a 2013 Hart Vision of the Year Award!
Back to School Registration Special EXTENDED - One More Week to Lock in this Super Low Rate of $325!
So register for the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference today.
CCSA and the Oakland charter community is proud to welcome three new charters to the Oakland landscape.
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.
This year we’re taking our Back-to-School reception up a notch: CCSA is proud to be hosting the 20th Anniversary Reception for Butte County Charter Schools.
These meetings are free, open to all charter leaders, and held 3 times a year.
The location for the San Jose Charter Leader Regional Meeting has changed. We will now gather at Rocketship Alma Academy.
I hope you’ve seen the notices about the upcoming regional charter leader meetings and are planning to attend .Information on the three Central Valley meetings is below so please attend or send a designee if necessary. The Fresno area meeting…
Please plan to attend the 20th Anniversary of Charters rally held on Wednesday September 19 at 10:00 am at Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School at 4221 N Hughes Ave. Fresno, CA 93705. Fresno County Superintendent Larry Powell will be the…
Plans are underway in Southern, Northern and Central California for community celebrations. Read on to see if there is an event scheduled near you.
Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* SBE Approves Start-Up Grant Application: Webinar on September 19
* SB 740 Facility Grant Applications Now Available: Due September 18
* 2012-13 New and Growing Charter School 20 Day Attendance Report: Due October 31
* Share Your Expertise - ACCS and SBE Members Sought
We had a incredible turnout from parents at the Sept. 11 board meeting. Read the full account!
Groundbreaking changes are taking place in Los Angeles charter schools in the area of special education. To make an informed decision about your new special education arrangements, all charter schools are strongly encouraged to attend the Los Angeles Area Charter Leaders Meeting.
We know Prop 39 can sometimes be a challenge, but don’t worry! We have a break out session at the regional meeting on October 2 designed to make the process a little easier.
CCSA’s General Counsel issued a letter on Friday to LAUSD’s General Counsel, expressing concerns with the legality of Board Member Zimmer’s resolution and asking that the Board delay its consideration of the Resolution until CCSA’s concerns can be addressed.
CCSA is excited to host a 20th Anniversary Awards Dinner at the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego. The dinner will celebrate veterans and emerging leaders of the movement as guests enjoy entertainment and delicious food.
CCSA has compiled a list of qualified vendors to assist charters with the development of new and modification of existing schools sites.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has announced that the 2012-13 Application for the SB State Board of Education to Consider PCSGP Application. The State Board of Education (SBE) meets next week Thursday, September 13. The SBE is scheduled to…
Follow this link for: a cover letter with specific program criteria the application other important materials to apply for the program The completed application must be submitted to the CDE by September 18, 2012. While CDE recognizes that the application…
Who is responsible for welcoming families - both new and returning - every day? You can probably guess where the discussion led…
Funding for activities that promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities
Question: What records must charter schools provide to help current and former students meet the requirements of President Obama’s June 15, 2012 executive order regarding the execution of prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children?
We don’t get together often and there is a lot going on in areas such as budget/economic crisis, legislation, school board elections, and common core so it will be especially valuable to see everyone.
CCSA is proud to announce that the nationally-known author, children’s advocate and founder and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Geoffrey Canada will be the keynote speaker at this year’s conference.
Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Proposition 30 Information
* Citi Charter School Working Capital Program Application Now Available
* State Board of Education to Consider PCSGP Application
* Important Data Reporting Deadlines
* Important Updates from the CD
The California Department of Education (CDE) is now accepting Letters of Intent to Participate in the Mandate Block Grant (MBG) program for fiscal year 2012-13.
Charter schools interested in sharing special education services or learning more about the San Diego Countywide Special Education Authority are encouraged to attend the Board of Directors Meeting and Open House to follow on September 18, 2012.
San Diego Unified School District Unanimously Approves Creation of Charter Community Committee for Proposition Z and other Facilities Issues.
This action was an additional step forward to demonstrate SDUSD’s commitment to supporting the many needs of charter schools and their students for new facilities space and repairing current facilities.
CCSA has created a fact sheet about why Prop. 30 is critical for California’s public schools and why we support this initiative. The initiative is on the statewide ballot this Nov. 6.
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA, discusses the positive impact charters have had in education over the past 20 years in response to a recent report blaming charters for private sector enrollment decline and putting more strain on the public system.
This week, LAUSD Boardmember Steve Zimmer introduced a resolution to postpone the approval of all new charter petitions. The resolution also would establish a new oversight committee and requires that all charters adopt ISIS by January 1, 2013. Get out the word to your parents and join us at the Sept. 11 meeting!
Question: We have at least one student whose family sleeps in various other families’ homes, all in different districts. How do we decide what is the school of origin for this homeless student?
Funding that supports student service-learning programs designed to help improve the health of our water planet
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
Important Dates and Deadlines for Oakland: Regional Meetings, Anniversary Celebration Rally Prop. 39 and More
Get all the details here!
The 2013-14 Prop. 39 cycle is already underway. Find CCSA’s various resources, templates, and information to get you started.
Take advantage of the great deals for registration and travel, and join us at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference this March 2013 in San Diego.
Strong parent leaders are the foundation of strong charter schools. Here are three tips to jumpstart family engagement at your school.
County Office of Education Shares Two Great Opportunities for Charter School Students in San Diego County
Find out how your students could take part in a special University of San Diego campus tour in addition to attending a USD footbal game, and how students could receive free tickets to tour the Museum of Tolerance.