March 2013

Recommended Literature: Common Core Resource

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently unveiled the new “Recommended Literature: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve” list.

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Sac City Charters Collaborate with District to Clarify Renewal

In Sacramento City Unified, charter leaders raised concerns about the renewal process. They wanted to work with the district’s charter liaison to develop a consistent, transparent, and predicable approach from the district for charter renewal.

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CCSA Answers: Release Requirements for Students from another District's Attendance Area

Question: Before conversion, we required any student coming from another district’s attendance area to be released in writing from his or her resident district. Do charter schools need to follow this policy?

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Featured Grant: Taproot Foundation Service Grants

Pro bono professional consulting services grants, delivered by a team of professionals, in the areas of Strategy Management, Leadership Development & Strategic HR, Marketing, or Information Technology.

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New Maps to Help Developers as they Explore Potential Sites for their School

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The maps illustrate under-enrollment, free or reduced-price lunch rates, and school performance as captured by the Academic Performance Index.

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Padres Celebrate Charter School Appreciation Night at PETCO Park

Celebrate National Charter Week at the Padres game on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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Prop 39 Final Offers

Have you received your final Prop. 39 offer? Please respond to your district by May 1 and see our website for template response letters.

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Teacher Conduct: Abuse and Crisis Intervention

A new Knowledge Brief dealing with issues of abuse prevention and response is now available on our website

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New Special Education Option for San Diego Unified Charters to Take Effect July 2013

The San Diego Unified School District Board (SDUSD) of Education voted to approve a new special education arrangement for charter schools authorized by SDUSD.

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Interested in School Leadership? Join Us for Happy Hour!

Join us on either April 15 or April 16 for a happy hour hosted by CCSA and Building Excellent Schools to learn more about the BES Fellowship program and starting a charter school.

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Opportunity to Talk to YOUR State Legislators-May 8th!

Let your voice be heard! Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 8.

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Giabao Tonthat of Heritage K-8 Charter School Wins San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee

The 44th annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee has a new champ - Giabao Tonthat of Heritage K-8 Charter School in Escondido.

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Capitol Update 3/21/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Actions before Spring Recess
* Senate Budget Subcommittee Discusses Charter School Items
* Charter School Facility Grant Program (SB 740) Apportionments Posted
* DON’T FORGET: Connect with Your Legislators during Spring Recess

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Enrolling and Serving Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

What additional considerations apply for independent study and nonclassroom-based charter schools? Get answers to these questions and more with our new web resource.

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Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Program Application Now Available

The California School Finance Authority is now accepting applications for the Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Program (CSFIG).

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April 2: First Proposition Z Advisory Committee Meeting

Notice of the First Meeting of the Proposition Z - Charter School Facility Advisory Committee has been posted at the San Diego Unified School District website.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day - Speak up for Charter Schools!

Let your voice be heard! Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 8

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Featured Grant: Pets In the Classroom Grant Program - PetCo

Pets in the Classroom starter kit to purchase specific items used to care for classroom pets

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ACSA Membership: 3 Months Free

CCSA members can now enjoy three free months of ACSA membership.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day - Join Us & Speak up for Charter Schools!

Let your voice be heard! Join charter leaders and parents from the Bay Area, North Coast and Central Coast regions at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 8.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day -Speak up for Charter Schools!

Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol on May 8 for the 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day -Speak up for Charter Schools!

Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol on May 8 for the 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day.

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Regional Charter Leaders Seen and Heard at the 20th Anniversary Conference

Here are just a few examples of where your colleagues where seen and heard at the 20th Annual Conference in San Diego.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day - Speak up for Charter Schools!

Let your voice be heard! Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 8.

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Common Core Workshop and Resources

Got questions about the Common Core? Join our webinar to learn what charter schools must do to implement the Common Core standards.

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FREE Families That Can Parent Workshop March 27

Families That Can is hosting a FREE Parent Workshop on Charter Schools 101 and Sharing Your Story at Old Town Academy on Wednesday March 27 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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Webinars for School Developers

Upcoming school developer webinars include Insurance 101 for Developing Schools and How to Start a Charter School

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2013 California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide

The new edition of the California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide highlights several financial management issues that are crucial for charter school leaders and boards to consider.

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CharterSAFE Offers Two Critical Webinars

CharterSAFE is proud to offer the two important webinars. Learn about Construction Insurance and Insurance for Developing Schools.

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ZOOM! Data Source Moving to EdTec

ZOOM! will be moving to EdTec later this year. EdTec has provided support for charter schools using DataDirector since 2007.

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Capitol Update 3/18/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* The 20th Annual Charter Schools Anniversary Celebration: Another Successful Conference
* Budget Update
* Legislative Update
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day
* State Board of Education (SBE)
* Application Available for Exemption from Apportionment Deferral in June 2013

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CCSA Answers: Paying for College Courses or College Textbooks

Question: Can a charter school pay for college courses or college textbooks, if a student is enrolled in its high school program, and receiving credit for those college classes at its high school? If yes, does the charter school only pay a percentage of the college course and textbook costs, or is it responsible for the entire expense?

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Capitol Update 3/8/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Commission on Teacher Credentialing Discusses Intern Credentials and English Learner Authorization
* CCSA Sponsored Legislation: AB 948
* Quickly Approaching Deadline: Charter School Revolving Loan Fund 2012-13
* Application Available for Exemption from Apportionment Deferral in June 2013
* 20th Anniversary Charter Schools Conference
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

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March 27: Common Core Workshop

Got questions about the Common Core? Join our webinar to learn what charter schools must do to implement the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

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Featured Grant: Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge - Elementary

Funding for elementary schools to help students work together to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements that will solve an environmental problem in their classroom or school community

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CCSA Objects to LAUSD's Denial of Expansion of High-Performing Charter School

The LAUSD Board of Education recently failed to approve the expansion of a high-performing, award-winning charter school when it effectively “split” consideration of the school’s renewal charter petition into two motions and failed to approve one of the motions. CCSA has a written a letter objecting to this action.

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Meet Up with Local Colleagues at the Conference

Be sure to attend the welcome reception and regional meeting for a chance to meet up with local colleagues at the conference.

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New Publication 'Oakland Achieves' - A Public Education Progress Report

Four of Oakland’s leading community and education organizations have joined to produce Oakland Achieves - A Public Education Progress Report

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Make the Connection Between Business and Education

Property and Business Improvement District are great allies to support education.

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Webinars for School Developers

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget.

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