June 2014

School Leaders Network & CCSA Announce Leadership Development Opportunity Aligned to Common Core

Member schools can take advantage of professional learning opportunities offered by the School Leaders Network at a significantly reduced cost. Through this initiative, school leaders will be supported in the transition to common core.

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Announcing Transition of EWBT to CharterLIFE for Health Insurance Benefits and Services

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and the CCSA Employee Welfare Benefit Trust (CCSA EWBT) program are pleased to announce a collaborative transition of relationship and the establishment of “CharterLIFE” that will continue to provide health insurance benefits and services for the California charter school community.

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Pivot Learning Partners Provides FREE Online Platform for Writing Charter LCAPs

Pivot Learning Partners offers comprehensive support and services to help charter schools leverage LCFF and LCAP in order to create more transparent, efficient and inclusive school planning and budgeting systems at no-cost to schools.

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The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

Two charter management organizations (CMOs) and eight school districts have been selected to participate in the California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative.

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LCFF Funding Snapshot now Available!

Charter schools can view the first official calculations of $42 billion in school funding they will receive under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) via the new “LCFF Funding Snapshot.”

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Public Charter Schools Grant Program RFA Coming Soon!

The planned release date of the 2014-15 Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) Request for Applications (RFA) for Planning and Implementation (P/I) grants is August 1, 2014.

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CCSA Answers: New Changes to Transitional Kindergarten and their Impact on Charter Schools

What changes occurred in the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program as a result of the State Budget adoption, and what is their impact on charter schools?

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Capitol Update 6/26/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Contact Your Senator Today and Oppose AB 913 (Chau)
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update
* CDE Reports First Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Calculations
* CSFA Approved Charter School Revolving Loans

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#CCSACON 2015: Summer Registration Special + Chance to Win + Host Hotel Reservations are Open

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CCSA is proud to offer our Summer Registration Special - a flat rate of $325 per person for the 22nd Annual CA Charter Schools Conference taking place March 16-19, 2015 in Sacramento.

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Featured Grant: Toshiba America Foundation Grants

Funding to help make science and mathematics more engaging for students in grades 6-12.

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CCSA Answers: Recommended State of a Charter Petition for Signature Gathering

When obtaining petition signatures must the charter be complete? In other words, must it be the exact petition that will be submitted to the district, or can the petition be revised beyond that point?

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Capitol Update 6/19/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update: AB 913 Passes Senate Education Committee
* Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley): Restrictions on Charter School Locations
* California Energy Commission Prop. 39 (Energy) Guidelines Adopted
* Budget Update: Governor Set to Sign 2014-15 State Budget

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National Charter Schools Annual Conference: Registration Still Open

Registration is still open for the National Charter Schools Conference in Las Vegas.

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Qualified Special Education Service Providers

If your school is currently receiving services from a great service provider or if your school would like to find out about great service providers in your area, learn more about our list of Qualified Special Education Service Providers.

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Nominate an Exceptional Student for the Yes I Can Awards by July 1

The California Council for Exceptional Children is honoring exceptional students with the Yes I Can Awards.

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Stuart Foundation Sacramento Professional Learning Community Update

Stuart Foundation Sacramento Professional Learning Community is finishing their first full year of the challenging yet necessary work of building infrastructure and expertise to support vulnerable populations, including foster youth and students with disabilities, in Sacramento charter schools.

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Capitol Update 6/16/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Lawmakers Pass On Time Budget

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STAR Award nominations: Due June 30!

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Submit your STAR Award nomination today for your special education teacher, program administrator and coordinator, or school leaders who are demonstrating innovation and best practices serving students with disabilities.

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Reminder: Keep Your Special Education Options Open - June 30 Deadline

If your school is interested in exploring LEA status or negotiating alternative special education arrangements for the next school year, you must submit a letter notifying your existing SELPA of your intent to exit the SELPA by June 30.

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Nominate Teachers to Present at or Attend ECET2-Los Angeles!

What could happen if the most dynamic and effective teachers across Los Angeles shared the secrets of their success with 300 other educators? We need teachers with the best ideas for working with kids, developing collaborative relationships, and giving teachers more say in policies and politics. Submit a proposal to present your best ideas at ECET2-LA, a free, teacher-led professional development!

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CharterSAFE: Be Prepared to Meet New Human Resources Compliance Requirements

As of July 1, there are three very important new compliance requirements which go into effect for employers, including all charter schools in California.

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Capitol Update 6/12/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley): Restrictions on Charter School Locations
* Budget Update
* Legislative Update
* Vergara Case
* SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program Regulations Approved
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Results

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CCSA Answers: Authorizer role and LCAP Approval

Is our charter school required to have our LCAP approved by our authorizer?

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Featured Grant: True Hero Competition

Cash awards to high school, college and qualified non-profit community youth organizations that sponsor service trips and volunteer activities for students, enabling more schools to continue their service learning programs and offer a life changing experience to those students who participate.

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Capitol Update 6/10/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Assembly Bill 913 (Chau)

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Featured Grant: Teens Drive Smart Video Content

Contest for teens across the country to submit compelling, creative 25-to-55-second videos showing us all how to be safer behind the wheel.

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Capitol Update 6/5/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Assembly Bill 913 (Chau)
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update

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CharterSAFE: Important Tips for Managing Workplace Stress

From CharterSAFE: More than 75 percent of Americans consider their jobs stressful. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate job stress, you can learn to manage it effectively.

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