February 2015

Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (Round 2) Application Now Available

Apply Today! March 18, 2015 is the application deadline for Round 2 of the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCGSP) from the California Department of Education.

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Capitol Update 2/26/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Bill Introduction Deadline This Friday 2/28
* Two Anti-Charter Bills Introduced
* Pupil-to-Teacher Ratio Calculations for Independent Study
* Prop. 39 New Energy Expenditure Plan Online System will be available Friday, February 27
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

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CCSA Conference: Last Chance to Save! Standard Registration Deadline Extended to March 6 + Chance to Win a $100 Dinner in Sacramento!

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Haven’t registered for CCSA’s Annual Conference taking place March 16-19, in Sacramento? There’s still time—- March 13 is the last day to register online AND you’ll be entered to win $100 toward dinner— learn more.

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Council for Exceptional Children Hosts Family Day April 11: Free Admission for First 250 Families!

The Council for Exceptional Children is inviting families with students with disabilities to be part of the 2015 CEC Convention & Expo Family Day on Saturday, April 11 at the San Diego Convention Center. Admission is FREE for the first 250 families; $25 per family thereafter.

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Council for Exceptional Children Offers CCSA Members Special Conference Rate

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the nation’s largest association for special educators, is offering a special rate for CCSA members to attend the upcoming CEC 2015 Convention and Expo in San Diego, April 8-11.

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February 2015 CEO Message

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Read the February 2015 CEO Message from Jed Wallace.

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CCSA Answers: Why is this Round of Funding the Best Opportunity to Maximize E-Rate Benefits for Charter Schools?

Question: One of our students is planning to spend her spring semester of 10th grade enrolled in a semester abroad program. Would this student need to de-enroll with our charter school, enroll in the new program for the semester, then apply for admission to our school again upon her return?

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CharterSAFE to Present Safety, Human Resources and Wellness Sessions at CCSA Conference

From CharterSAFE: CharterSAFE is once again proud to serve as the principal sponsor for the California Charter Schools Conference, which is now just little more than a month away. This year, Charter SAFE and its partners are honored to be presenting several sessions at the conference with a focus on human resources best practices, school safety, wellness and avoiding burnout.

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Complete CCSA's School Self-Assessment Portal by March 1!

Take advantage of upcoming webinars to help you get started. Attending Conference? Join us at a Self-Assessment Portal session!

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Update: Admissions and Enrollment Practices of Charter Schools

Learn more about admissions and enrollment policies for your charter school by reading CCSA’s Knowledge Brief.

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Webinar: Overview of Federal Grants for Charter Schools - Feb. 24

Regsiter today for a webinar to help charter schools identify federal grant funding.

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Apply Today! Charter School Revolving Loan Fund Application Deadline is Feb. 24

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for the Charter School Revolving Loan Fund by February 24.

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CCSA Conference: New in 2015 - Bookstore and Daily Book Signings with Authors!

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Did you know that many of the speakers at the 22nd CCSA Annual Conference in Sacramento, March 16-19, 2015 are published authors? In 2015, CCSA is offering a bookstore and daily book signings with various authors. Haven’t registered yet? February 27 is the LAST DAY to receive discounted registration.

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Capitol Update 2/12/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Assembly Education Informational Hearing on School Facilities
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Meeting
* Finance Academy Coming Soon!
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day
* Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Government Affairs Team Hosts First Legislative Bus Tour

On January 30, CCSA’s Government Affairs team welcomed twelve high level legislative and regulatory agencies’ administrative staff, and representatives of Governor Brown’s administration on a bus tour that visited three high performing charter schools in Sacramento.

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CCSA Conference: We've Got Teachers Covered in 2015 and One Will Win 25 iPads!

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In 2015, CCSA is offering new and unique programming opportunities specifically for teachers including an opening plenary session on Tuesday, March 17. All teacher attendees of the Teacher Opening Session will be eligible to win a set of 25 free iPads for their classroom.

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Have You Submitted Your Nomination for CCSA's Special Education STAR Award?

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The STAR Award offers an opportunity for you to highlight an outstanding individual or team that is demonstrating exemplary support to students with disabilities. Nomination deadline is February 28!

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Hands-on Tech Plan Writing and E-Rate Planning

Take advantage of 6-hours of expert guidance relating to technology, the relationship of free and reduced lunch eligibility to discounts, how long it takes to get the funding and more. Discuss your plans with colleagues from your own and other schools so that you will be reading for the next funding cycle!

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CCSA Answers: Why is this Round of Funding the Best Opportunity to Maximize E-Rate Benefits for Charter Schools?

Question: How much money is in this E-Rate pot? How likely is it that my Charter will get some of the funding?

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Capitol Update 2/5/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CCSA Hosts “Back to Session” Event at the Capitol
* Legislative Bus Tour
* CDE Revisits Eligibility for PCSGP Applicants
* Finance Academy Coming Soon!
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day
* Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Announcing New & Improved Calcharters.org Member Area!

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New member area launches this week with new features and improved services. Learn more.

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Seminars: How to Better Engage Parents

L.A. members: If you want to learn strategies for how to increase parent involvement in your classroom and your school, attend one of two seminars in February hosted by Families in Schools.

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Learn About CCSA's Legal Services for Incorporation and Tax Exemption!

Learn more about CCSA’s Incorporation Services Program, under which qualifying CCSA members can receive pro bono or reduced rate legal support with the incorporation and tax exemption process from outside attorneys.

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CCSA Answers: Value of E-Rate for Charter Schools

Question: In a nutshell, what value does E-Rate offer my Charter?

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Capitol Update 1/29/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Proposed IRS Ruling Regarding Charter School Employee Participation in State Retirement Systems
* CDE Issues New Guidance on Parent Service Hours
* Don’t Miss CCSA’s Winter Business Managers’ Meetings!
* Finance Academy Coming Soon!
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

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Capitol Update 1/22/15

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Charter School Revolving Loan Funding Round Open
* Local Control Accountability Plan Webinar Series
* Don’t Miss CCSA’s Winter Business Managers’ Meetings!
* Finance Academy Coming Soon!
* Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

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