October 2016

LAST CALL: Prop. 39 Facilities Requests Due Tomorrow 11/1

Don’t forget to submit your Prop. 39 Facilities request before November 1, 2016.

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CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and Drivers Education

Question: Are charter high schools required to offer Drivers Ed classes to their students?

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HIRING: LAUSD Director, Charter Operated Programs (SPED) - Applications due 11/8

If you have an in-depth knowledge of special education laws, experience with charter school special education practices, and want to represent and impact all charter school special education programs in LAUSD, consider applying for LAUSD Director, Charter Operated Programs. Learn more.

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CCSA to Host Webinar Addressing Foster Youth Needs

On Friday, November 18, CCSA is hosting a “Meeting the Needs of Foster Youth in Your School” webinar to help participants learn how to create local control and accountability plans (LCAPs) that will successfully meet foster youth needs. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the foster youth industry’s finest. Learn more here.

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Register Today For the CCEE's Local Control & Continuous Improvement Workshops

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is hosting several workshops across the state in November to share important information with schools about the new LCFF Evaluation Rubrics. All audiences are welcome.

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CCSA Responds to NonClassroom-Based Court Ruling

On October 17, 2016, the California Court of Appeals (Court) issued its decision in the Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School appeal and case. Read more about the decision and CCSA’s statement.

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CCSA's Governance Academy Continuing this Week!

Back by popular demand, the California Charter Schools Association is bringing back our Governance Academy, a free intensive workshop designed as a training for new board members and school leaders.

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New 2016-17 Academic Accountability Reports and Tools for Schools

Read the following message from Malka Borrego, Chair, CCSA Member Council and Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Equitas Academy Charter School, to California charter school leaders. In her message, Malka provides an update on CCSA’s accountability work and the new tools now available to members including 2016-17 Accountability Report Cards. Additionally, a statewide sortable spreadsheet of all schools is now available and based on data released by the California Department of Education (CDE) on August 24, 2016.

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Education Townhall on the Charter School Movement - Tuesday, Oct. 25

Join other parents and community members for an evening of learning how education leaders created excellent public charter schools in Los Angeles and how more can be done to bring more hope through public education.

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Submit Your Prop 39 Facilities Request Now!

Prop. 39 requests for facilities for the 2017-18 school year are due November 1, 2016 for both existing and new or proposed charter schools for the 2017-18 school year and CCSA is here to help. Don’t miss the deadline, learn more here today.

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Bay Area Charters: You're Invited to the 3rd Annual Charter School Night with the Golden State Warriors

EdTec and the 2015 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, are proud to present the third annual Charter School Night on Dec. 20! All Bay Area Charter schools are invited to purchase discounted tickets for their schools to watch the Warriors play the Utah Jazz. Learn more.

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Attention LA Members: Participate in USC Spencer Study

University of Southern California, Montclair State University, and Tulane University are conducting a study in three cities, including Los Angeles, to better understand the ways they enabling a system of diverse school options for students and how these efforts are associated with educator practice and outcomes for students, educators, and schools.

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Sonoma County Charter SELPA Now Accepting New Members

The Sonoma County Charter SELPA (SCC-SELPA) is now accepting new members! The SCC-SELPA provides a SELPA membership option for charter schools in the the Bay Area, Sacramento area, and coastal regions as far south as Big Sur. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain support for your special education services.

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Coming Soon: New 2016-17 Academic Accountability Reports and Tools for Schools

This week CCSA will publish new 2016-17 Academic Accountability Reports, detailing the academic performance of California charter schools according to CCSA’s Accountability Framework. Keep your eye out for these tools to help you understand how California charters are performing and that can be used at critical points throughout the year, including in the cycle of continuous improvement and at renewal. Read more here.

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2015-16 Charter School Legislation Summary

The 2015-16 California Legislative session officially concludes on November 30 but all action has been taken on legislation for this two-year session. In 2015-16, CCSA introduced several pieces of charter supportive legislation and secured additional funding for facilities and start-up funding in the state budget while fending off a record number of damaging anti-charter legislation.

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CCSA Answers: Qualifying for SB 740 Funds

Question: How can a school qualify for the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grants?

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CCSA Answers: Parent Notification about Title I or Title III Status

Question: Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), must schools still notify parents/guardians of Title I Program Improvement (PI) Status or Title III Improvement Status?

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FAQ on Candidates and Ballot Measures

Looking for ways to legally engage your charter school parents this election? Check out CCSA’s FAQ on Candidates and Ballot Measures.

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Tell the NAACP You Support Charters

Sign a letter telling the NAACP that you support charter schools.

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LA Charter School Night with the LA Clippers

Charter schools across Los Angeles are invited to join the 3rd Annual Charter School Night with the LA Clippers. The Clippers will graciously reserve a limited amount of tickets exclusively for charter students and families. The event will take place Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:30pm. Please see the attached flyer to reserve your group tickets by October 24, 2016.

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NEW Resources: National Charter School Resource Center Releases Two Toolkits on Fiscal Oversights

As part of CCSA’s effort to provide members relevant resources on strong financial practices, we are sharing two toolkits from the National Charter School Resource Center featuring successful practices and recommendations for charter school governing boards and authorizers. Check out the toolkits.

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CCSA's Fall Business Managers' Meetings continue this Week!

Wondering about the 2016-17 State Budget and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA’s Business Managers’ meetings! We will cover the current funding rates, updates on proposed changes, information on state and federal categorical programs - plus legislative and regulatory updates.

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Da Vinci Schools Fall 2016 Professional Development Opportunities

Da Vinci Schools are dedicated to preparing students for college completion and 21st-century jobs through real-world, Project Based Learning that is aligned to workforce needs.

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CCSA Answers: Lottery Funds and First Year Schools

Question: Do new charter schools receive lottery funds during their first year of operation?

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