March 2017

New California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide hot off the presses!

The new edition of the California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide is now available and highlights several financial management issues that are crucial for charter school leaders and boards to consider

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CCSA Answers: AB 528 Continuation Coverage and Charter Schools

Question: Does AB 528 continuation coverage, as codified in Education Code, Section 7000, apply to charter schools?

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Prop. 51 Charter School Facilities Program Funding: Application Details

With the passage of Prop. 51 by California voters last November, $500 million in funding is now available for charter school projects under the Charter School Facilities Program. Learn more about the application for this program, due June 5, 2017.

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Meet us at the Dome! Register Now: Advocacy Day 2017 in Sacramento

Each May, CCSA celebrates National Charter Schools Week with Advocacy Day in Sacramento. Advocacy Day 2017 will be held on Tuesday, May 2 and is an opportunity to meet with your local legislators on critical issues facing California’s charter public schools. Register by Saturday, April 15 - free for CCSA member schools!

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Grant Opportunity to support Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

As a result of recommendations in the 2015 Statewide Special Education Task Force report, $18 million dollars have been appropriated as part of AB104, Chapter 13, Statutes of 2015, for scaling up of the utilization of a MTSS in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across California. In April 2016, Orange County Department of Education, was awarded a large grant to implement MTSS statewide and is now accepting applications for sub-grants. Learn more about the grant program and first application period closing March 31.

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CCSA's Charter Advantage program is now BuyQ

There is a new chapter ahead for the CCSA Charter Advantage program - we are transitioning the program out of CCSA to BuyQ in an effort to better support member school operational needs. Find out more.

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CCSA Answers: Must Charter Schools Comply with Education Code 42103?

Question: We received a notice from our County Office of Education stating that, to comply with Education Code 42103, we must display our 2017-2018 budget for public comment. Is this required for charter schools?

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California Department of Education Releases New CA School Dashboards

On March 15, the California Department of Education released a new dashboard that it will use to identify Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for accountability and continuous improvement on six state indicators with 5 color ratings at both a schoolwide level and for student subgroups.

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Get to Know NWEA MAP Assessment - Introductory Webinar

Join NWEA for a complimentary webinar on March 28th at 10 am to learn more about the MAP computer-adaptive, interim growth assessment and hear from a charter school about how they utilize data to inform instruction and accelerate growth.

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Sign up Today for CCSA's Pre-Conference LCAP Workshop!

Got questions about the LCAP and the new LCAP rubrics, otherwise known as the California School Dashboard? This workshop will provide you with updates to the newly revised LCAP Template and the State Board-Approved State & Local Indicators as identified in the new California Dashboard scheduled for public release in late March.

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2016-17 Public Charter Schools Grant Program Peer Reviewers Needed

The California Department of Education (CDE) Charter Schools Division is seeking peer reviewers who are state charter school developers, governing board members, operators, and authorizers. Peer reviewers will score fiscal year 2016‒17 (Round 2) California Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) applications for charter schools. Learn how to get involved here.

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CCEE Spring 2017 Workshops on the Dashboard and the LCAP

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) is hosting free workshops on the Dashboard and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Learn more about these workshops being held throughout the state from March 10-April1 and register here.

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Local Elections: Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow!

There are a number of local elections taking place across California tomorrow,Tuesday, March 7, including several important elections for the Los Angeles Unified school board. Don’t forget to vote and encourage others to do the same. Find your polling place here.

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Millions of Dollars Available to Charter Schools for Energy Upgrades

There is currently over $150 million dollars available to charter schools for energy efficiency upgrades and solar projects through the Prop. 39 K-12 Program administrated through the State of California’s Energy Commission. Eligible charter schools can receive a minimum of $15,000 per year. Learn how you can apply for funding here!

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