April 2013

Featured Grant: Early Childhood Reading Grants

Funding for programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families

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CCSA Answers: STRS and Payment Schedule Options

Question: If we are paying STRS for our teachers, would it be possible to pay some teachers over a 12-month period and other teachers over a 10-month period? Or, because of STRS, do we have to have all teachers on the same pay schedule?

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External Opportunity: May 8 Webinar "Bully Prevention: Responding to Bullying and Building a Culture of Kindness in Schools"

Project Suicide Prevention Intervention Now (SPIN) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) have partnered to offer a free webinar for dministrators, teachers, mental health personnel, and after-school personnel.

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May 1: Webinar for School Developers

You’re Authorized! Next Steps: Outfitting Your School. Once approved, charter schools need to prepare for opening. Besides staffing, there are equipment, supply, communication and furniture needs.

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Sign up for the 2013 Summer Educator Institute Focused on Social-Emotional Learning

Join fellow charter leaders and teachers at the 2013 Summer Educator Institute June 17 - 21, 2013 to discuss strategies around taking social-emotional learning school-wide. You will have the opportunity to swap ideas, get support for your classroom challenges, and practice strategies with middle-school colleagues.

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Capitol Update 4/25/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Support Expanding Access to Facilities Funding!
* This Week in Sacramento
* Budget/Local Control Funding Formula Update
* New English Learner Requirements for Intern Credentialed Teachers
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day: May 8 in Sacramento

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May 2: District 6 Candidate Forum for Teachers

Teach Plus is hosting a free candidate forum open to all teachers - a great opportunity to meet the two candidates to represent the San Fernando Valley and to network with both charter and district teachers.

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California Supreme Court Grants CCSA Petition for Review of LAUSD Prop. 39 Case

On April 17, the California Supreme Court (Court) granted CCSA’s Petition for Review in CCSA’s case against Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) implementation of Proposition 39.

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Nominate Sacramento County Teacher of the Year

This year, the Sacramento County Office of Education has asked CCSA to facilitate the selection of a single charter school teacher to represent teaching excellence at the county level - a very tough task, indeed!

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May 1: Common Core Implementation Workshop

Questions about Common Core implementation? Don’t miss this in-person workshop presented by The Center for College & Career Readiness, in partnership with the California Charter Schools Association.

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CCSA Answers: Credential Needed to Teach Math and Science at a Site-Based Charter School

Question: Which credential is needed to teach 6th grade math and science at our site-based charter school?

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Featured Grant: ING Unsung Heroes

Recognizes educators for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach

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Capitol Update 4/19/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Assembly Education Committee Passes Legislation Gutting Proposition 39 Facilities Options
* Budget Update
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day
* Upcoming Deadline at the California Department of Education

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National Charter Schools Week 2013: Share Your School's Role in Delivering the Dream

National Charter Schools Week, which will be held May 5 - 11, 2013, is an opportunity for charter supporters, leaders, teachers, parents and students to share how charter schools “Deliver the Dream.”

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Legal Update and Free Webinar: People v. Selivanov, Berkovich Trial

On April 5, 2013, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury convicted Eugene Selivanov of twenty-four (24) felony counts and Tatyana Berkovich of three (3) felonies and five (5) misdemeanors related to the misuse of charter school funds as founders and former executive staff and board members of the Ivy Academia Charter School authorized by Los Angeles Unified School District. In collaboration with the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch (Procopio), CCSA Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is co-sponsoring a free webinar on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm for charter schools and operators to provide an overview of the case and its potential consequences.

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Western Center Academy's Metal Ducks Wins FIRST Robotics 2012-2013 San Diego Regional Championship and Head to World Championship!

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In January the Metal Ducks team from Western Center Academy won the 2012-2013 San Diego Regional Championship and are now moving on to the World Championships in St. Louis on April 24-27.

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FREE Families That Can Parent Workshop April 24 in Moreno Valley

Parents can register now for this workshop on Charter Schools 101 and Sharing Your Story

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Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Research on K-8 Classroom Instruction

The Spencer Foundation is accepting applications for research projects that explore how student performance data informs classroom instruction.

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Participate in Senator Bob Huff's Annual Education Summit on Thursday, April 18

This year the annual education summit will focus on college and career readiness and preparing students for success.

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Gates Foundation Seeks Proposals to Accelerate Common Core Implementation Across Teacher Networks

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals from organizations, primarily those that consider themselves to be networks of teachers, to support implementation of Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics.

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External Opportunity: The Future of Employee Benefits: Compliance Requirements for Your School in 2014

Presented by CharterSAFE. In this webinar, we will discuss the major elements of the Affordable Care Act, which will will have a significant impact on most charter schools.

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Featured Grant: Wave IV Grants: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness

Funding to launch new blended, personalized-learning, “breakthrough” school models.

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Capitol Update 4/11/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Updates - New Webpage Launched
* Protect Charter School Facility Options: TAKE ACTION to Oppose AB 1032
* Sacramento Actions
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Considers Multiple Nonclassroom-Based Funding Determinations
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

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LAUSD Elections Tool Kit

See a map and access printable handouts and templates you can use to engage your parents and school staff around the upcoming LAUSD election on May 21. All materials are non-partisan and appropriate for use on your school campus.

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The Capitol: What's at Stake for Charter Schools?

Charter school funding is at risk: every year we have to fight for fair funding for charter schools, and this year is no different. We call on you again this year to help defend against last minute attempts to cut charter school funding - legislators need to hear from their constituents why this funding is important.

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Get Monthly Content for Your Parent Newsletter

Each month, Families That Can provides a short, bilingual article that is easy for schools to include in their parent newsletter. Save this link!

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Free Webinar - Learn All About the Local Control Funding Formula!

Attend this interactive and free webinar on LCFF (the Local Control Funding Formula) to learn more details and the impact on charter schools on April 22.

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Capitol Update 4/5/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Actions This Week
* AB 917 (Bradford)
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day
* Local Control Funding Formula Updates
* Education Protection Account (EPA) FAQs and 2012-13 Fiscal Year Estimate

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CCSA Governance Academy in Sacramento- Register Today!

The Sacramento meeting will be offered in person on April 26.

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Don't Miss CCSA's In-depth Annual Governance Academy!

It happens just once a year… Got questions about charter school governance? Don’t miss CCSA’s 3-hour in-depth Governance Academy.

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CCSA Answers: Proxy Voting

Question: May charter schools include the option of proxy voting in their bylaws?

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Featured Grant: Do Something Seed Grants

Funding for community action projects that are getting started or for projects that are already developed.

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CDE Special Education Commission Seeks Student Representative

Deadline extended to April 19! Applicants must currently be enrolled in a K−12 curriculum and receiving special education and/or related services.

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Celebrate National Charter Schools Week at the State Capitol

As Advocacy Day approaches, our Government Affairs team will provide you with a schedule and all the materials you need in preparation for the day.

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April 8: Webinars for School Developers

Securing Authorization for New Schools, How to Start a Charter School (Part 1 of 3), Top 10 Legal Issues for Charter Schools.

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Students Can Submit Films to the Burbank Film Festival

Students can submit their films to the Burbank International Film Festival free of cost - submit by May 31 for consideration! Top films will be screened at the festival.

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Community Benefit Schools: Building Partnerships and Nonprofit Capacity

Join the “Community Benefit Schools: Building Partnerships & Nonprofit Capacity,” a special series by CCSA’s Carlyn Obringer and Jeff Sands.

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CDE Releases Data File for New Local Control Funding Formula

CDE has released a data run that could be the basis for modeling the proposed Local Control Funding Formula; All charter schools should review the reported data for accuracy.

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