August 2015

Seeking Nominations for the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award

Nominate an outstanding educator for the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award

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August 2015 CEO Message

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Read the August 2015 CEO Message.

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CDE to Release New School Assessment Data in September

The California Department of Education (CDE) announced a tentative public release for the 2014-15 CAASPP results. Learn more about the state assessment system, including the available communications tools, upcoming events and technical supports for how best to understand the data.

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Sign Up Today for CCSA's Governance Academy!

Back by popular demand, the California Charter Schools Association is bringing back our one-day Governance Academy, offered in partnership with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, and Young, Minney and Corr, LLP. The Governance Academy is a free, in-person only, four-hour intensive workshop designed to help school leaders and governing board members increase their knowledge of ethical and legal obligations as stewards of public institutions.

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Class of 2015 California High School Exit Exam Issue Resolved

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 725 (Hancock), an urgency measure that removed the high school exit exam requirement as a condition of receiving a diploma for the class of 2015

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Sign Up Today for New 2015-16 Leadership Development Opportunities

Attention school leaders in LA, San Diego and San Bernardino! Based on the successes and learning from last year’s pilots, CCSA and School Leaders Network (SLN) will offer more opportunities in the 2015-16 school year.

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2015 California STEM Symposium: Register Now to Save

Register today to be part of California’s largest gathering of professionals devoted to STEM education. Regular-priced registration is available through September 15.

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Conference 2016: Announcing Pre-Conference Workshops and Schools Tours

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CCSA is excited to offer pre-conference events on Monday March 14, 2016 as part of the 23rd Annual California Charter Schools Conference taking place March 14 -17 in Long Beach, CA. These events include two all day workshops and school tours to local charter schools. All of these events require pre-registration—check them out and add to your 2016 experience today!

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CCSA Answers: Does the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 Apply to Charter Schools?

Question: Do the new sick leave requirements under AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 apply to charter schools?

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Reminder: Annual Fall Data Campaign Starts Week of August 24!

Participate in CCSA’s annual Fall Data Campaign by completing a brief 15-minute survey.

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Register Today: Special Education 101 Webinar on August 24!

Join CCSA’s Special Education Team to learn about special education and charter schools during a FREE webinar on August 24.

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Save the Date for CCSA's Fall Business Managers' Meetings!

Wondering about the 2015-16 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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LCFF Calculator and CALPADS / Data Management Workshop coming soon!

Got questions about the Local Control Funding Formula and CALPADS? Look no further than CCSA’s LCFF Calculator and CALPADS / Data Management Workshop, offered in cooperation with the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).

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CCSA Answers: Does SB 1266 "Pupil Health: Epinephrine Auto-injectors" Apply to Charter Schools?

Question: Are Charter schools required to stock emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, in accordance with SB 1266?

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Unique Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers

For 6-8 grade math teachers, a new program offered by Semillas Community Schools in Los Angeles pairs math instruction with indigenous studies.

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2016 CCSA Conference: Join the 500+ Attendees Already Registered to Attend and Submit Your Proposals and Nominations!

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Conference 2016 is shaping up to be the largest charter school event in Southern California’s history. Join the event, submit a proposal to present, nominate an outstanding teacher or volunteer, and encourage high school seniors to apply for the Bragato scholarship.

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Register Now for CCSA's 23rd Annual Conference & Take Advantage of the Back to School Special!

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Register for the 23rd Annual California Charter Schools Conference during the Back to School Registration Special - a flat rate of $375 available until September 16 - and you will be entered to win a complimentary two-night weekend stay at the Westin Long Beach (courtesy of Westin Long Beach).

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New 2015-16 Leadership Development Opportunities Available

Based on the successes and learning from last year’s pilots, CCSA and School Leaders Network (SLN) will offer more opportunities in the 2015-16 school year.

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Save the Date for CCSA's Fall Business Managers' Meetings!

Wondering about the 2015-16 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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Find Out if Your School is Eligible for Technology Vouchers

Several CCSA member schools have funding available to use for technology purchases through the Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program. Purchases must be made by September 25, 2015. Check your eligibility!

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Apply Now: SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program

There is still time to apply to the SB 740 Facility Grant Program for the 2015-16 school year. For new schools or schools that are changing facilities for the 2015-16 school year, the application is due by October 15, 2015.

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CCSA's Announces the Back to School Registration Flat Rate of $375 & 2016 Speakers!

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CCSA is welcoming you to the start of the school year with our Back to School Registration Rate. We are excited to also announce our 2016 speakers. Register by September 16 for the 23rd Annual California Charter Schools Conference held March 14-17, 2016 in Long Beach, CA for the flat rate of $375 and we’ll see you in Long Beach!

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CCSA Answers: Selecting a Concentration Grant Threshold

Question: Which concentration grant threshold should a charter school, authorized by one county, but operating in another, use, for the purposes of funding under the LCFF?

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New Resource: Oakland Campaign: Telling the Charter School Story

CCSA has launched the “Oakland Campaign: Telling the Charter School Story” on our website that is chock full of resources for your school ranging from how to grow community engagement to improving advocacy efforts with the school district.

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FREE! Media Workshop: Sharing the Charter School Story in Oakland - Aug. 11

Join CCSA for a FREE Media Workshop on Aug. 11 focused on sharing the charter school story in Oakland with special guest speaker Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, Education Reporter.

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Renewal Time! Learn About CCSA Free Webinars and Resources

Let us help you with your school’s renewal! Many factors can impact the successful renewal of your charter. That’s why we strongly encourage you to plan to submit your charter by September 15, 2015 if you’re up for renewal in 2015/2016. Register for a free webinar or take advantage of our renewal resources on our website.

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