September 2014

Capitol Update 9/30/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CCSA Issues Statement on Governor Brown Signing AB 948 into Law
* Governor Brown Vetoes AB 913 (Chau)

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School Spotlight: Common Core Implementation

Adopted in 2010 by the California Department of Education (CDE), the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are currently in the implementation phase. Learn more.

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Updated: E-Rate Webinar on October 9 - Register Today!

Learn about the recent FCC E-Rate Modernization Order changes to the E-Rate Program. Register for the webinar!

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Capitol Update 9/26/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Non-classroom-based Funding Determination Forms Available
* University of California A-G Articulation Conferences

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Conference 2015: Award Nominations Due October 16 + Super Early Bird Registration $50 Discounts

October is the best time to share your collective charter community voice! Register for a discounted conference rate, submit a proposal to present at the event and nominate someone for a Hart Vision Teacher and Volunteer of the Year nominations. Learn More.

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University of California A-G Articulation Conferences

The University of California has announced that in February 2015 it is releasing an online platform to submit A-G courses. Register Today!

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The Classical Academies Charter Schools Demonstrates Hybrid Models Can be Successful for Serving All Students Including Students with Special Needs

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Special Education is a field that is wide open to embracing the many autonomy that the charter movement offers. As a hybrid model, Classical Academies offers its students a high quality combination of both a rigorous classroom setting combined with the personalization provided by independent study.

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CCSA Answers: Are Charter Schools Required to Designate LEA status in their Charter Petition?

Question: Is a charter school required to state in their petition whether or not they want to be their own Local Educational Agency (LEA)? Answer: Charter schools need to disclose their entire governance structure and describe their financial planning…

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Scholastic School Supply Scam uncovered by The Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has recently been receiving complaints against Scholastic School Supply. Consumers reaching out to the BBB allege that Scholastic School Supply is sending false invoices to schools and school districts throughout the country for a bulk purchase of text books that were never requested or received.

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Don't Miss CCSA's Business Managers Meetings!

Got questions on the 2014-15 State Budget and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA’s Business Managers’ meetings!

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Requesting Prop. 39 Facilities? Take Advantage of CCSA Resources and Free Legal Help

The Prop. 39 application cycle is underway and CCSA has new and updated resources, including free legal help, available for member schools.

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Free Resource for Eye Exams and Glasses for Students

Vision To Learn (VTL) is a non-profit organization that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities throughout California through a mobile optometric clinic that comes to their elementary school and community center.

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External Opportunity: "Building a Better Teacher" Book Signing & Conversation with Elizabeth Green on October 9

Join Elizabeth Green for a conversation an book signing focused on creating great teachers.

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Legislation Restricting Charter Facilities Vetoed by the Governor

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Governor Brown vetoes SB 1263 that would have have restricted charter facilities.

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Capitol Update 9/20/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislation Restricting Charter Facilities Vetoed by the Governor

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LA Info Session: Medi-Cal Changes for Charter Schools

Join LACOE for an info session for charter schools on the School-based Medi-Cal Administrative Services Activities (SMAA) program on Tuesday, September 23.

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Capitol Update 9/18/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* AB 948 (Olsen) Still on Governor’s Desk
* CDE Releases 20-Day Report Application for New and Growing Charter Schools
* CCSA’s E-Rate Webinar: Register Today!
* State Board of Education is recruiting for the Student Member Position

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Celebrate Your Students at Conference! Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 16

Calling all outstanding graduating charter school seniors to apply for the 2015 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships for a chance to win $2,000 toward college education expenses. Encourage your students not to miss out on this opportunity. Learn More.

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Register Today! CCSA's E-Rate Webinar on Sept. 25

Learn about the recent FCC E-Rate Modernization Order during a webinar hosted by CCSA.

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Register Today for CCSA's Fall Business Managers' Meetings

Business Managers’ Meetings are here! Register to attend and learn how the state’s budget as well as other legislative and regulatory issues will affect your school.

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CCSA Answers: Cell Phone Usage by Charter School Students

Question: What rights does a charter school have to specify student cell phone usage during the school day? Answer: There are no state statues or regulations regarding student cell phone usage in charter schools. There are an increasing number…

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2015 CCSA Conference Back to School Registration Special Ends September 19!

This is your last week to lock-in the flat registration rate of $350 for The 22nd Annual CCSA Conference held March 16-19, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. Learn more.

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Reminder: Renew Your Charter School Petition!

Renew your charter school petition by November 15, 2014. Learn about available CCSA support and resources.

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Congratulations to CCSA STAR Award Winner Joni Narasaki from Port of Los Angeles (POLA) High School!

Joni Narasaki of Port of Los Angeles (POLA) High School is the winner of CCSA’s STAR Award for excellence in special education!

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Capitol Update 9/11/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alerts: AB 948 (Olsen), AB 913 (Chau), SB 1263 (Pavley)
* New Charter School Facilities Open in San Diego!

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Start Preparing Your Prop. 39 Facilities Request for 2015-16!

Application deadlines for Proposition 39 (“Prop. 39”) facilities for the 2015-16 school year are right around the corner, so it is critical charter schools begin the process now.

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California Charter Schools: One Movement. Many Voices.

Read the September 2014 message to members from CCSA president and CEO Jed Wallace.

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Capitol Update 9/4/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: AB 948 (Olsen) Charter School Facilities Grant Program
* State Board of Education Takes Next Step Toward Final LCAP Regulations
* School Nutrition Grants Available
* Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Funding Available

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2015 CCSA Conference: Celebrate Your School! Hart Vision Award Nominations Due Oct. 16

Who is the outstanding volunteer or teacher in your school community? We want to know! Nominations for the 2015 Hart Vision Awards are open until October 16. Need inspiration? Review past winners.

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Prepare Your School's Request for Facilities Under Prop. 39!

The 2015-16 Prop. 39 cycle is already underway. Find CCSA’s various resources, templates, and information to get you started.

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