September 2012

Roseland Charter School Wins $150,000 Education Grant from AT&T

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.

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Prop. 39 Office Hours Start This Week

Have your Prop. 39 questions answered by legal experts.

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Recent Last Week's Central Valley Regional Charter Meetings a Success

Thank you to all who attended the regional charter leaders meeting last week.

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Featured Grant: After School Advantage Program

Funding for state-of-the-art computer labs for after school programs in at-risk communities

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Oakland Non-Partisan Voter Guides

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.

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New Videos Featuring Oakland Educators and Parents!

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.

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CCSA Launches Improved Google Powered" Website Search!

Improved search is here! You spoke and we listened!

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Full Agenda and Important Parking Information for LA Regional Meeting on Oct. 2

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!

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Capitol Update 9/26/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update

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Major Rally at LAUSD Oct. 9! Planning call on Oct. 3

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.

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Oct. 2: Board and Charter Leader Brown Act Training

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….

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Three Short Weeks Until the Anniversary Event! Find Out About Speakers, Raffle and More

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.

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Oct. 12: Join us for a Community Action Meeting in San Jose

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.

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Join us Oct. 13 for our 20th Anniversary Celebration in Oakland

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!

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NEW Resource for PCSGP Applicants

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.

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Have you Requested your Mandate Block Grant?

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.

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If the Early Bird Gets the Worm, What Does the SUPER Early Bird Get ?!

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.

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Countdown to Start of New Facilities Initiative

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.

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Nov. 6-7: DataDirector User Conference in Long Beach

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…

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GradeCam Update

This exciting new software will allow users to grade assessments using a webcam instead of the traditional DataScanner software.

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DataDirector System Enhancements

The most noticeable change has to do with equation rendering.

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New DataScanner Software

We highly recommend that all schools download this version immediately.

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CCSA Answers: Deadline by Which to Submit Surplus Property Requests

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?

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Featured Grant: Student Achievement Grants

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

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This Week's Fall Regional Charter Leaders Meetings

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.

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Kepler Neighborhood School Authorized by Fresno Unified

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.

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Fresno Area 20th Anniversary of Charter Schools Rally a Success

Thank you to everyone who attended the 20th Anniversary of Charter Schools Rally at Valley Prep Academy Charter School in Fresno.

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning Posts 100% Proficiency on STAR Test Scores

Something extraordinary is happening in at Sierra Expeditionary Learning!

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Preview Agendas for the Region 2 & 3 Charter Leaders Meetings

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.

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Looking for Learning and Leadership Opportunities?

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.

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Middleton, Young & Minney Offering Free Workshop On Brown Act, Best Practices and Governance

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.

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Prop. 39 Facilities Resources Now Available!

The Prop. 39 application cycle is underway and CCSA has new and updated resources for member schools to help them throughout the process.

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Capitol Update 9/20/12

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

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Oct. 3: Free Employment Law Seminar: Disability Leaves and Accommodations For Charter Schools

Procopio is hosting a free seminar for charter schools on employment law in Los Angeles - RSVP today to secure a spot.

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External Opportunity: Teaching Policy Fellowship

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!

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External Opportunity: LA Charter Leaders Could Join School Leaders Network for Free

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!

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Capitol Update 9/18/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* PCSGP Request for Applications (RFA)
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* Webinar - TOMORROW, September 19
* Request for Peer Reviewers
* CCSA Support for PCSGP Applicants

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New Facilities Survey Initiative

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.

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SBE Approves Start-Up Grant Application: Webinar on September 19

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.

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National School Broadband Test

Help determine your school’s Internet access quality by asking ten of your colleagues or students to each take one minute online test.

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Tell Them You Plan to Vote

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?

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PCSGP and CBEDS Consultation Time Available

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

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Featured Grant: Nickelodeon Big Help Grant

Funding for ideas, techniques, and approaches from educators that will cover the costs for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence

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CCSA Answers: Pertussis Vaccination Deadline

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?

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External Opportunity: Riordan Foundation Grant Awareness Sessions

These sessions seek to inform eligible schools about upcoming Riordan Foundation grant opportunities and their application processes.

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2013 Hart Vision Award Nominations Are Open--Submissions Due by Friday, October 26th!

Have an amazing, outstanding teacher or volunteer at your school? Nominate them for a 2013 Hart Vision of the Year Award!

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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.

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Oakland Welcomes Lazear, Learning Without Limits, and ASCEND

CCSA and the Oakland charter community is proud to welcome three new charters to the Oakland landscape.

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Participate in Nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day

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.

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20th Anniversary Reception in Chico - Tuesday, October 9

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.

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Preview Regional Charter Leaders Topics and RSVP Today

These meetings are free, open to all charter leaders, and held 3 times a year.

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New Location for San Jose Charter Leader Meeting!

The location for the San Jose Charter Leader Regional Meeting has changed. We will now gather at Rocketship Alma Academy.

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Upcoming Fall Regional Charter Leaders Meetings this Month

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…

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20th Anniversary Rally in Fresno

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…

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20th Anniversary Events Scheduled Throughout the State

Plans are underway in Southern, Northern and Central California for community celebrations. Read on to see if there is an event scheduled near you.

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Capitol Update 9/14/12

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

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250+ Charter Parents Come Out to Oppose Steve Zimmer's Resolution

We had a incredible turnout from parents at the Sept. 11 board meeting. Read the full account!

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Learn about your LAUSD SELPA Options at the Oct. 2 Regional Meeting

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.

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Applying for Prop. 39? Don't miss Oct. 2 LA Regional 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.

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CCSA's Legal Counsel Submits a Formal Response to Board Member Zimmer's Resolution

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.

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Wine & Dine to Celebrate 20 Years of Charter Schools -- Tuesday, March 12th!

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.

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New Resource: Construction Related Services Qualified Vendor List

CCSA has compiled a list of qualified vendors to assist charters with the development of new and modification of existing schools sites.

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State Board of Education to Consider PCSGP Application: Due Oct. 12 2012

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…

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SB 740 Facility Grant Applications Now Available: Due Sept. 18, 2012

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…

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Watch Out for Not-Me Syndrome

Who is responsible for welcoming families - both new and returning - every day? You can probably guess where the discussion led…

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Featured Grant: Captain Planet Foundation Grant

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

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CCSA Answers: Presidential Executive Order and Charter Schools

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?

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Upcoming San Jose Area Charter Leader Meeting and Rocketship School Tour!

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.

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Geoffrey Canada to Speak at 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference!

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.

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Capitol Update 9/6/12

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

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Mandate Block Grant Update: Letters of Intent Due October 1, 2012

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.

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San Diego Charter Leaders Invited to Attend Special Education JPA Open House

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.

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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.

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New: Proposition 30 Fact Sheet

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.

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CCSA Responds To Report Blaming Charters For Private Sector Squeeze, Public Funding Strain

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.

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Zimmer Introduces Resolution to Stop All Charter Growth in LAUSD

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!

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CCSA Answers: District of Residence for Homeless Students

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?

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Featured Grant: EarthEcho Water Planet Challenge Grants

Funding that supports student service-learning programs designed to help improve the health of our water planet

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Featured Resource: 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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Important Dates and Deadlines for Oakland: Regional Meetings, Anniversary Celebration Rally Prop. 39 and More

Get all the details here!

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Demand Your Prop. 39 Facilities!

The 2013-14 Prop. 39 cycle is already underway. Find CCSA’s various resources, templates, and information to get you started.

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20th Annual Charter Schools Conference Has Great Deals On Registration and Travel

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.

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Taking Parent Engagement to the Next Level

Strong parent leaders are the foundation of strong charter schools. Here are three tips to jumpstart family engagement at your school.

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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.

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Call For Presentations is Open!

Share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal to present at the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

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