May 2013

Capitol Update 5/31/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update

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New Fact Sheet for Parents On the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

What is the Local Control Funding Formula and what does it mean for charter schools? We’ve created a simple bilingual fact sheet you can share with your school community about this important issue.

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Announcement: Charter School Facilities Initiatives Survey Re-opened!

The Facilities Initiatives Survey has been reopened to continue to gather important data as the legislature may soon consider a Statewide School Facilities Bond.

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Update: Pavik v. Fillmore Unified (PERB Decision)

The Public Employment Relations Board renders an important decision in the Fillmore Unified School District regarding the ability of school district teachers to engage in charter school development and petition activities without fear of retaliation from a school district.

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New Guidance on Pupil Fees Available

Understand how to implement AB 1575 and when a school may lawfully charge pupil fees for school-related activities.

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So Many Parents, So Many Opportunities for Leadership

NOW is a great time to schedule leadership training for parents at your school through Families That Can. If you are submitting your renewal petition this year, make time to nurture parents as key advocates.

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Serving Our Most Vulnerable Youth - Stuart Foundation Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have participated in the Stuart Foundation meeting last meeting on Thursday! Outlined below are major takeaways, next steps and information about the upcoming meeting.

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CCSA Answers: Reporting a Student's Un-enrollment from a Charter School

Question: We had an eighth grader who went into our independent study program, but never met the requirements of meeting with the teacher or producing the work. We are un-enrolling her. Are we required to report her un-enrollment to our chartering agency?

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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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Common Core State Standards Professional Learning Opportunities

The CDE is hosting two one-day Common Core State Standards (CCSS) professional learning opportunities for teachers.

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June 7-9: Rethink Schooling and Design the School of the Future at Startup Weekend

Do you have ideas about how school should be changed that you want to see put into action? Do you like challenging long-standing assumptions about “how things are”? If so, don’t miss “Startup Weekend” - just 120 seats available and it’s expected to sell out!

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Common Core State Standards

CCSA is proud to announce the release of its latest Knowledge Brief, “Common Core State Standards,” and the accompanying pre-recorded webinar.

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Capitol Update 5/24/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Charter School Items Alive in the Final Budget Negotiations
* Legislative Update

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Featured Grant: School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program Start-up or Expansion

Funding for nonrecurring expenses incurred in initiating or expanding a (1) School Breakfast Program (SBP), serving students in kindergarten through grade twelve or (2) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), serving children and youth eighteen years of age and under during school breaks. Explore all grants in the Grants Library

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CCSA Answers: Charter Student Placement in District Summer School Program

Question: Are our charter students entitled to placement in the District’s summer school program since we will not be offering summer school this year?

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State Budget Update

On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his 2013-14 fiscal year budget proposal, which includes $1.6 billion in additional K-12 deferral relief, and $1 billion in one-time funding for the transition to the common core standards.

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Join CCSA at Our Upcoming Spring Regional Meetings!

Join us May 20- June 5, 2013 at our Regional Meetings and connect with your charter school peers.

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Capitol Update 5/17/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* State Budget Update
* Legislative Update
* Annual 2013-14 Charter Schools Information Survey
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day: Relive the Day!

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National Charter Schools Week Registration Special of $325

Onsite registration can cost as much as $600 - this is a great opportunity to lock in a super low rate - nearly 50% in savings and pay later!

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Reference the 2012-13 CCSA Buyers' Guide Online, Anytime!

Planning for next school year? Reference this publication for best practices in purchasing and procurement and ways to cut costs.

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Inland Empire Latino Book and Family Festival Shares Information About Charter Schools with Community

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On Saturday May 4, CCSA and Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy participated in the Inland Empire Latino Book and Family Festival.

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Two Upcoming Webinars for School Developers

How to Start a Charter School (Part 3 of 3) & Writing Your Education Program Part 2: Elements 1, 2, and 3. Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and answers.

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CCSA Answers: Calculating a Student Incarcerated at a Juvenile Detention Center into ADA

Question: Can a charter school calculate a student incarcerated at a juvenile detention center into its Average Daily Attendance (ADA)?

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Featured Grant: Best Buy Community Grants

Funding for local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

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Capitol Update 5/14/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget May Revision Provides Increased K-12 Funds

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Featured Grant: Summer Jobless Grants

Funding available to put young people’s ideas into action or to provide more opportunities for young people to take action and volunteer in the community

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CCSA Answers: Procedure for Designating Expenditures for EPA Payments

Question: Our authorizing district recently passed a board resolution to accept and designate expenditures for its Education Protection Act (EPA) payments. The resolution suggested that there was a ‘required hearing’ as to how the funds would be spent. The resolution also stated how the district would use the funds. Is this required for charter schools, too?

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Learn More About Your School's Academic Growth Over Time (AGT)

CCSA is hosting a webinar to provide charter staff with this rare opportunity to get their questions answered directly by the people who developed and created the AGT reports for LAUSD and ZOOM! charters.

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YES Charter Academy Renewal Appeal Granted by Yuba County Office of Education

YES is a TK-8 charter school that offers a unique environmental science-based education program in rural Yuba County.

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Yuba River Charter School Awarded $1 Million Grant

Yuba River Charter School and the City of Grass Valley were awarded $1 million is U.S. EPA Brownfield grants, according to YubaNet.com.

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Let's Celebrate National Charter Schools Week All Month!

To help members celebrate and to kick off the the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Jose—CCSA is proud to offer the National Charter Schools Week Registration Special of $325!

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Capitol Update 5/9/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Charter School Supporters Advocate at the Capitol
* Legislative Actions This Week
* Budget Revision: Revenues Looking Up
* State Board of Education Actions

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Don't Miss CCSA's Business Managers' Meetings!

Questions on the May Budget Revise and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA’s Business Managers meetings!

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May 16: SDCOE Curriculum and Instruction Committee

The next San Diego County Office of Education Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting for charter schools is May 16, 2013.

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The 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference: Register NOW, Save Nearly 50% and Pay Later!

Celebrate National Charter Schools Week and kick-off the first-ever conference hosted by CCSA in the Bay Area with the Flat Rate Registration Special of $325.

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May 6 Webinars for School Developers: Special Education 101 & How to Start a Charter School (Part 1 of 3)

Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and answers. All sessions are free to Association Members.

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Featured Grant: Mario Savio Young Activities Award

Award for young people with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform their commitment into effective action.

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CCSA Answers: Eligibility for California Distinguished Schools Awards

Question: Our charter school is eligible to apply for a California Distinguished Schools Award, as an elementary school serving grades 4-8. We would like to apply in future years as a middle school for grades 6-8. Could we apply sooner than 2014 for a middle school award?

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New Video: Two Pieces of Advice for Renewing Schools

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Are you ready for your renewal? Don’t worry, CCSA is here to help! In less than one minute, Roy Cervantes of CCSA shares his top two tips in this video.

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Capitol Update 5/01/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Facilities Win for Charter Schools in the Capitol
* What’s Happening at California’s Education Agencies: We Advocate for YOU
* More Legislative Actions…
* State Budget Update

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