May 2014

CCSA Answers: Class Size Reduction Requirements for Charter Schools under the LCFF

Now that Class Size Reduction (CSR) funds have been rolled into the Local Control Funding Formula, must charter schools maintain small class sizes or have a plan to make them smaller?

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Featured Grant: Child and Adult Food Care Program

Funding to licensed child care centers, adult day care centers, and organizations that sponsor day care homes to ensure participants receive nutritionally adequate meals and snacks while in care; Funding is also available for meals and snacks at emergency shelters and afterschool programs.

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2014-15 Charter Schools Annual Information Survey Due June 13

The survey enables charter schools to submit, review, and edit data on file with the Charter Schools Division in the California Department of Education (CDE).

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Capitol Update 5/29/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update: SB 1263 Moves Forward
* CCSA Government Affairs Team Welcomes Amy Blumberg James
* Budget Update
* 2014-15 CDE Charter Schools Annual Information Survey

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There is Still Time to Register for Many Spring Regional Meetings!

Don’t miss the Spring Regional Meetings being held across the state!

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CharterSAFE: Helpful Tips for School Leaders About Employee Leaves

From CharterSAFE: The rules for recognizing, designating and tracking leaves are complicated and can be confusing. Inside are some solutions to implement quickly and easily.

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CCSA Answers: Receiving Credit for Emergency Days When Determining ADA

Question: The recent wild fires in Southern California have resulted in emergency closures at some charter schools. How can charter schools receive credit for emergency days when determining average daily attendance (ADA)?

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Capitol Update 5/23/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* You made a difference: AB 1531 Held in Appropriations Committee
* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)
* Budget Negotiations Continue
* 2014 Anti-Charter School Ballot Initiatives Fail

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

The meetings are offered online and at some of the Regional Meetings happening in late May and early June, including those in Sonoma and San Diego on May 29.

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Featured Grant: School Nutrition Program

Funding for providing nutritious meals and milk to children at reasonable prices or free to qualified applicants.

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Capitol Update 5/22/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)

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Capitol Update 5/22/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)

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Before the School Year is Over: Register Today for the 2015 CCSA Conference & Save!

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CCSA is celebrating the return of the Annual California Charter Schools Conference to Sacramento March 16-19, 2015 by celebrating National Charter Schools Week during the entire month of May with a conference registration special of $325.

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CharterSAFE: A Checklist for Summer Maintenance and Risk Management Priorities

From CharterSAFE: This is a important time to think about how you will secure your campus for the summer.

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Highlights from the LAUSD Board District 1 Candidate Forum

CCSA Families had a strong turnout for its LAUSD Board District 1 Candidate Forum, held Wednesday evening. Charter school leaders, parents and teachers came together as candidates vying for Board District 1 addressed the issues affecting the charter school community.

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60 Years Later: Brown v. Board of Education

Saturday, May 17, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision striking down “separate but equal” segregation in public education.

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Your Two-cents Could = $1,000 Off Your CCSA Dues

School Leaders: Participate in the 2014 Charter Member Satisfaction Survey to enter for a chance to win $1,000 off your 2015 dues, registration to 2015 Annual Charter Schools Conference, and other great prizes from Charter Advantage partners: Booksource, Hertz Furniture and S&S Worldwide.

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CCSA Answers: Can Credentialed Elementary Instructors Teach Preschool?

Question: Can Credentialed Elementary Instructors Teach Preschool?

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Featured Grant: Charter School Facilities Program

Facilities funding from Propositions 47, 55 and 1D for the new construction of charter school facilities or the rehabilitation of existing school district facilities for charter school use.

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Capitol Update 5/15/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CCSA’s May Revision Budget Brief is Now Available
* How is Your LCAP Coming Along?
* Relive the Excitement: Advocacy Day 2014

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CharterSAFE: Preventing Laptop Thefts at Your School

From CharterSAFE: When an employee is assigned a portable computer for portable use, it is important that staff use certain security measures to minimize and protect the laptop from theft.

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Capitol Update 5/13/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* May Revision Offers Modest Increases to 2014-15 Funding Plan for Education

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Charter Leader Feedback Requested: Member Satisfaction Survey

The 2014 Charter Member Satisfaction Survey is now live! We want to know your overall satisfaction with our work, which advocacy initiatives you prioritize, and how we can make membership even more valuable for your school.

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Over 300 Charter Supporters Gather for CCSA's Annual Advocacy Day

More than 300 school leaders, teachers, parents, and students met with elected officials on May 7, 2014 in Sacramento to discuss key issues and legislation impacting charter schools during CCSA’s annual Advocacy Day.

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CCSA Answers: Listing Donors in a Newsletter

Question: May a charter school which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation list donors in its newsletter?

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Featured Grant: Annie's Grants for Gardens

Funding for school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

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Announcing Spring 2014 Business Managers' Meetings!

Learn about the May Revise and how the state’s financial status impacts your charter school at CCSA’s upcoming Business Managers’ Meetings.

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Capitol Update 5/8/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Advocacy Day Thank You
* Assembly Bill 1531 (Chau) Action Alert
* State Board of Education Meets

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CCSA Files Parcel Tax Lawsuit Against West Contra Costa Unified School District

CCSA filed a lawsuit against WCCUSD stating that the district failed to provide students attending charter public schools with voter approved parcel tax funding under Measure G.

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External Opportunity: "Developing a Quality Local Control and Accountability Plan" Webinar

On May 8, the State Board of Education and WestEd will present “Developing a Quality Local Control and Accountability Plan Part III-Frequently Asked Questions.”

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Featured Grant: Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

Funding to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading by expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.

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Capitol Update 5/1/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* See You in Sacramento for Advocacy Day!
* Federal Update
* Superintendent Torlakson Announces 2014 California Distinguished Schools
* Happenings

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Celebrate National Charter Schools Week All Month: Register for Conference 2015 & Save!

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Celebrate National Charter Schools Week all month and kick-off the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference’s return to Sacramento with a $325 Registration Special until May 31, 2014.

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