January 2015

Who Will Win Big? Cast Your OMMV Video Contest Vote by Feb. 5!

Cast your vote for your favorite OMMV video by February 5! Get inspired and watch videos from across the state that show why charters matter.

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Workshops, Summits & Networking Events...Oh My! Make the Most of the 2015 CCSA Conference

Make the most of this year’s annual conference in Sacramento by taking advantage of all the great opportunities & networking events. Reminder: Feb. 27 is the last day to receive discounted registration.

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Proposed IRS Ruling Regarding Charter School Employee Participation in State Retirement Systems

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Treasury issued guidance regarding specific rules they are considering that relate to whether a State retirement system that covers employees of a charter school will fall within the meaning of a “governmental plan” under IRS laws.

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Announcing Pro Bono Legal Review for Prop. 39 District Preliminary Offers of Space

Reminder: If you submitted a request for district facilities for the 2015-16 school year under Proposition 39 (“Prop. 39”) in the fall of 2014, school districts were required to provide eligible Prop. 39 applicants with preliminary offers of facilities by February 1.

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CDE Issues New Guidance on Parent Service Hours

The California Department of Education has released new guidance addressing parent service hour requirements in public schools.

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Don't Miss CCSA's PCSGP Pre-Conference Workshop!

Register today for the Pre-Conference Public Charter Schools Grant Program Workshop, full of trainings and resources, to help your new school access funds through the Public Charter Schools Grant Program.

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Don't Miss Out: Free NWEA and MAP Webinar on February 11!

Learn more about NWEA MAP Assessments and discover how Measures of Academic Progress┬« (MAP)┬« can support learning for your students. Sign up now for a free webinar: “Introduction to NWEA and MAP.”

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CCSA Answers: Safety Requirements in Education Code Section 32286

Question: Do the state safety requirements included in Education Code Section 32286 apply to charter schools?

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RSVP Today for a CCSA 2015 Lunch & Learn Series Near You

The CCSA Strategic Partnerships team is excited to kick-off our 2015 Lunch & Learn series, with the goal to bring our School Members together for engaging and content-rich workshops. Each meeting will be presented by one of our Vendor Members.

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Take advantage of the School Self-Assessment Portal by March 1!

How do you know if you are you meeting your school’s 2014-15 strategic goals? The School Self-Assessment Portal, a free tool for members, can help you answer this question.

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January 25-31, 2015 is School Choice Week!

School Choice takes center stage during a week celebrating all educational options. The spotlight will shine on effective schools for every child.

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January 2015 CEO Message

Read the January 2015 CEO Message.

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NEW Conference Programming in 2015! Register Today--1 Month Left to Save!

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CCSA is proud to offer new, exciting programming opportunities at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference taking place March 16-19, 2015, including programming that recognizes the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education by examining the civil rights movement, strategy leading up to the decision and the legacy, and a panel discussion on the role of charter schools in meeting the dream of Brown.

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A Night to Remember: Free Prom for Students with Disabilities ages 15-22

Registration is now open for A Night to Remember! A free prom for students with disabilities ages 15-22.

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Capitol Update 1/15/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* 2015-16 Governor’s Budget Materials Now Available
* 2016 School Facilities Bond
* Action Alert: Tell Your Charter School Story!
* LCFF Update from CDE - Final LCAP Template Posted
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

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CCSA Answers: STRS and Payment Schedule Options

Question: If we are paying STRS for our teachers, would it be possible to pay some teachers over a 12-month period and other teachers over a 10-month period? Or, because of STRS, do we have to have all teachers on the same pay schedule?

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Amanda Ripley and Juan Williams to Serve as Speakers at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference!

CCSA is proud to announce that two best-selling authors will be speaking at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference. The conference will feature Amanda Ripley, investigative journalist, on Wednesday, March 18. The event will close on March 19 with nationally known Fox News Contributor, Juan Williams. Don’t miss these speakers and register before the New Year’s Discount ends on 1/23. Learn more!

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Capitol Update 1/9/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* State Budget Update: School Funding Increases Continue in Governor Brown’s Proposed 2015-16 Budget
* P-1 Data Submission are Due to the CDE by January 15
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

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Career Pathways Trust Applicants: Learn More about Including LaunchPath in your Application

Planning to submit a California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Grant this February? The Linked Learning Alliance and Foundation for Community Colleges are interested in supporting your efforts through LaunchPath.

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

Got questions about the Governor’s 2015-16 State Budget Proposal and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA’s Business Managers’ Meetings!

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CCSA Answers: Authorizer in an all-charter district

Question:Who is the authorizer in the case where a direct-funded charter school is applying for renewal in a tiny district that has transformed itself into an all-charter district?

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Jumpstart your year with CCSA's Self-Assessment Portal!

How do you know if you are you meeting your school’s 2014-15 strategic goals? The School Self-Assessment Portal, a free tool for members, can help you answer this question.

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CCSA is Seeking Great Special Education Service Providers & We Need Your Help!

If your school is currently receiving services from a great service provider, CCSA would like to hear from you! If you would like to find out about great service providers in your area, review our Qualified Special Education Service Providers list.

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Reminder: SELPA Membership Application Deadlines for 2015-16 are Quickly Approaching

If you have determined that your school is ready to become an LEA for special education purposes and have taken the necessary steps to pursue LEA status, don’t miss the deadline and submit your SELPA membership application.

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

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Don’t miss CCSA’s exciting and engaging advocacy programming being offered at the 22nd Annual Conference. Put the knowledge you’ll gain at these sessions into action at Advocacy Day on May 5, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. Learn more!

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2015 California Charter School Laws and Regulations: An Annual Compilation of Selected Provisions is Now Online

Read the new 2015 Annual Compilation of Selected Laws Applicable to Charter Schools.

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Finance Academy Coming Soon!

Back by popular demand, the California Charter Schools Association is again offering our one-day Finance Academy, in partnership with FCMAT. This in-person workshop, offered in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego, will assist charter schools and developers in all phases and areas of financial management.

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CCSA Answers: Charter School Facility Funding

Question: How do Charter schools pay for their facilities? Are they able to access bond funds?

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Conference 2015: New Year = New Conference Registration Savings Opportunity + Another Chance to Win

Register by Friday, January 23, 2015 to receive discounted rates and be entered into a drawing to receive a complimentary stay at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Plus check-out all of the programming for conference 2015 now available in the online program search.

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