December 2013

External Opportunity: Apply for Siemens STEM Academy for Teachers by Feb. 4

Applications are now open for two all-expenses-paid professional development opportunities that provide unique experiences to educators looking to bolster STEM learning. Both take place in summer 2014.

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AB 1266 Update: Pupil Rights: Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities

Effective January 1, 2014, AB 1266 (Education Code ยง 221.5) establishes that it is the policy of the state that school classes be conducted without regard to the gender of the pupil enrolled in these classes.

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Capitol Update 12/13/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* We need your immediate action on illegal CalPERS policy - Action Alert below
* LCAP Draft Template Released
* Charter School Leaders are Making Advocacy a Priority
* Facilities Survey
* PCSGP Dissemination of Charter School Best Practices Sub-grant: Request for Applications & Webinar
* CSFP Preliminary Apportionment Applications
* White House Video Contest

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Four Charter Schools in One Night

Kudos to San Juan Unified for their partnership with San Juan Charter Leaders — and congratulations to Visions in Education, Options for Youth, Choices, and Golden Valley Charter School!

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New Common Core Resource

Download the new resource “Leadership Planning Guide: Common Core State Standards and Assessments Implementation”

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CCSA Answers: Gate Programs and the Local Control Funding Formula

Question: How are GATE students/programs funded under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)? What is meant by the phrase, “Funding will be determined at the local level” within the LCFF language?

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Featured Grant: Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants

Funding for organizations that help young people ages 15 to 24 years old to become business savvy, socially conscience and collaborative across cultures.

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Documentary Film "We The Parents" Explores Parent Trigger Law

WE THE PARENTS is a new film that explores the origins of the “Parent Trigger” law and the spread of this movement across the nation.

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The 4 Questions Every School in Renewal Should be Ready to Answer

A SWOT analysis is a handy tool for planning your renewal strategy. Check out our short list of questions that your school should be prepared to answer.

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Register Today: Pre-Conference Public Charter Schools Grant Program Workshop

Help your new school access funds through the Public Charter Schools Grant Program by signing up for a pre-conference workshop.

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Charter School Facilities Initiatives Survey: US Department of Education Onboard!

The US Department of Education has funded the Charter School Facilities Initiative Survey in California in early 2014! The survey is a national initiative to research and quantify charter school access to adequate educational facilities space and funding.

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CharterSAFE: Holiday Risk Management Tip

From CharterSAFE: Please remember that burglaries at school sites rise over holiday breaks…

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Advocacy in Action: Learn at Conference. Lead at Advocacy Day.

CCSA is proud to offer new, exciting and engaging advocacy programming at the 21st Annual Conference. Use the knowledge you’ll gain at conference and be part of the charter movement in action at Advocacy Day on May 7, 2014 in Sacramento.

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OSA's Vocal Rush A Capella Singing Group to be Featured on NBC's "The Sing-Off" Tonight

Oakland School for the Art’s A capella team will be performing on this season of NBC’s national show “The Sing-off.”

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Featured Grant: Herb Society of America Grant for Educators

Funding for the development and delivering of learning experiences promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs.

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CCSA Answers: Independent Study and Special Education

Question: I am developing an Independent Study charter school. Can special education students be accepted into my program?

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Prepare Your Prop. 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act Application for Funding with FREE Assistance from the California Conservation Corp

Trained members of the California Conservation Corp will visit charter schools to conduct “whole building” energy opportunity surveys at no cost to schools. Energy surveys are required before receiving Clean Energy Act (Prop 39) funding.

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CharterSAFE: Lawsuit-Proof Your Charter School

Twenty Tips from HR Peers, brought to you by CharterSAFE.

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Don't Forget to Respond to the District's Prop. 39 ADA Projections by January 2, 2014!

If you fail to respond to the district, then the district’s ADA projections provided in its December 1 letter cannot be challenged. Please read the full text for more information and template response letters.

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Reed Hastings and Viola Davis to Serve as Keynote Speakers at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference!

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CCSA is proud to announce that two charter school supporters will be speaking at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference. The conference will kick-off with Silicon Valley CEO and CCSA Board Member, Reed Hastings, the founder and CEO of Netflix. The event will close with nationally known Award Winning Actress and Charter School Supporter, Viola Davis.

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CA Charter Board Member Urges You to Register Today for Advocacy Day 2014

Each May, over 100 California charter school leaders, board members and parents join together to celebrate National Charter Schools Week with Advocacy Day hosted by CCSA in Sacramento. Read why Rick Miller, CORE Executive Director and Rocklin Academy Board Member, plans to attend this year. And be sure to register today!

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