Major Categories: Capitol Update

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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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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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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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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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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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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Capitol Update 12/18/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Join 1000+ Registered Charter Leaders, Teachers and Supporters at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference.
* Have an Exceptional Story to Share with Your Legislators? Come Share Them at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 12/11/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* 2014-15 Principal Apportionment Software is Now Available
* CCSA Business Managers’ Meetings Kick Off in January 2015 - Register Today!
* Finance Academy 2015 Workshop Registration Now Open!
* Have an Exceptional Story to Share with Your Legislators? Come Share Them at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 12/5/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Court Affirms Nonclassroom-Based Charter School’s Right to Operate Resource Center
* National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Releases Analysis of State Charter School Policies
* Hour of Code
* Enter the OMMV Video Contest by December 15, 2014!
* Have an Exceptional Story to Share with Your Legislators? Come Share Them at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 11/13/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* California School Finance Authority SB 740 Update
* Enter the OMMV Video Contest by December 15, 2014!
* Have an Exceptional Story to Share with Your Legislators? Come share them at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 11/6/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CDE Announces Second Round of California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Grant
* Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
* New Special Education Video!
* Have an Exceptional Story to Share with Your Legislators? Come share them at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 10/30/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Get Out The Vote!
* It’s Not too Early to Secure Your Spot at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 10/23/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* 2013-14 Legislative Wrap-up
* Sign up Today for CCSA’s Governance Academy!
* Registration Open for CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 10/9/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CCSA 22nd Annual Conference - Program Submissions Deadline is October 16
* Sign up Today for CCSA’s Governance Academy!
* California State Controller Request for Employee Salary and Benefit Information
* It’s Never too Early to Register for CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Update 9/30/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CCSA Issues Statement on Governor Brown Signing AB 948 into Law
* Governor Brown Vetoes AB 913 (Chau)

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Capitol Update 9/26/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Non-classroom-based Funding Determination Forms Available
* University of California A-G Articulation Conferences

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Capitol Update 9/20/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislation Restricting Charter Facilities Vetoed by the Governor

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Capitol Update 9/18/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* AB 948 (Olsen) Still on Governor’s Desk
* CDE Releases 20-Day Report Application for New and Growing Charter Schools
* CCSA’s E-Rate Webinar: Register Today!
* State Board of Education is recruiting for the Student Member Position

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Capitol Update 9/11/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alerts: AB 948 (Olsen), AB 913 (Chau), SB 1263 (Pavley)
* New Charter School Facilities Open in San Diego!

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Capitol Update 9/4/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: AB 948 (Olsen) Charter School Facilities Grant Program
* State Board of Education Takes Next Step Toward Final LCAP Regulations
* School Nutrition Grants Available
* Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Funding Available

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Capitol Update 8/29/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* AB 948 (Olsen) Charter School Facilities Grant Program
* CCSA Issues Report Showing Charters Making Significant Academic Gains
* Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant
* Webinar on Proposition 39 Energy Efficiency Grants
* Free Red Ribbon Week Materials Available for Schools

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Capitol Update 8/28/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* AB 913 (Chau) Conflict of Interest - OPPOSE
* SB 1263 (Pavley) Charter School Locations - OPPOSE

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Capitol Update 8/21/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* 2014-15 Mandate Block Grant Application Currently Available

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Capitol Update 8/14/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* AB 948 (Olsen) Moves Forward To Senate Floor
* California State Controller Request for Employee Salary and Benefit Information

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Capitol Update 8/7/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)
* Funding Opportunities at CDE: PCSGP and Mandate Grant Available

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Capitol Update 7/31/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* AB 948 (Olsen) Action Alert
* Prop. 39 (Energy) Deadline for 2013-14 Energy Expenditure Plan Submittals
* Grant Award Process Focus Groups Call for Participants

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Capitol Update 7/24/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* We need your help TODAY to pass AB 948, critical charter school legislation!

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Capitol Update 7/17/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Your action needed next week: AB 948 (Olsen)

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Capitol Update 7/10/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update: AB 948 (Olsen) Charter School Facilities
* State Board of Education

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Capitol Update 7/3/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* State Board of Education

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Capitol Update 6/26/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Contact Your Senator Today and Oppose AB 913 (Chau)
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update
* CDE Reports First Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Calculations
* CSFA Approved Charter School Revolving Loans

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Capitol Update 6/19/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update: AB 913 Passes Senate Education Committee
* Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley): Restrictions on Charter School Locations
* California Energy Commission Prop. 39 (Energy) Guidelines Adopted
* Budget Update: Governor Set to Sign 2014-15 State Budget

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Capitol Update 6/16/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Lawmakers Pass On Time Budget

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Capitol Update 6/12/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley): Restrictions on Charter School Locations
* Budget Update
* Legislative Update
* Vergara Case
* SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program Regulations Approved
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Results

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Capitol Update 6/10/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Assembly Bill 913 (Chau)

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Capitol Update 6/5/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Assembly Bill 913 (Chau)
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update

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Capitol Update 5/29/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update: SB 1263 Moves Forward
* CCSA Government Affairs Team Welcomes Amy Blumberg James
* Budget Update
* 2014-15 CDE Charter Schools Annual Information Survey

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Capitol Update 5/23/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* You made a difference: AB 1531 Held in Appropriations Committee
* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)
* Budget Negotiations Continue
* 2014 Anti-Charter School Ballot Initiatives Fail

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Capitol Update 5/22/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)

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Capitol Update 5/22/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Action Alert: Oppose Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley)

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Capitol Update 5/15/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CCSA’s May Revision Budget Brief is Now Available
* How is Your LCAP Coming Along?
* Relive the Excitement: Advocacy Day 2014

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Capitol Update 5/13/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* May Revision Offers Modest Increases to 2014-15 Funding Plan for Education

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Capitol Update 5/8/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Advocacy Day Thank You
* Assembly Bill 1531 (Chau) Action Alert
* State Board of Education Meets

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Capitol Update 5/1/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* See You in Sacramento for Advocacy Day!
* Federal Update
* Superintendent Torlakson Announces 2014 California Distinguished Schools
* Happenings

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Capitol Update 4/24/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Your Voice Needed on Critical Charter School Legislation
* Support Assembly Bill 2178 (Levine) Blended Learning
* Oppose Assembly Bill 1531 (Chau) Charter School Boards
* Independent Study Proposal Moves Forward
* Charter School Facilities Program Deadline
* See you in Sacramento for Advocacy Day!

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Capitol Update 4/17/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Action Alert: Assembly Bill 1531
* Ask YOUR Legislators to Protect Charter Autonomy at Advocacy Day

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Capitol Update 4/10/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Assembly Bill 1531
* Ask YOUR Legislators to Protect Charter Autonomy at Advocacy Day
* Charter School Facility Grant Program Application Period Open
* Federal Update
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS)Federal Update

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Capitol Update 4/3/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Action Alert: Oppose Assembly Bill 1531
* CCSA’s Board President Invites You to Advocacy Day
* New Bill to Strengthen Federal Charter Schools Program
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlinese

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Capitol Update 3/28/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* 2014 Charter School Facilities Program Webinar
* School Energy Coalition Emporium
* Are you coming to Advocacy Day 2014? #CCSAAdvocacyDay

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Capitol Update 3/20/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Independent Study Briefing
* CREDO Releases California and Los Angeles Charter Schools Reports
* FPPC Pulls Draft Charter School Regulation from April Agenda
* School Energy Coalition Energy Emporium
* Legislative Update
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 3/14/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* California Charter Schools Conference
* Federal Charter Schools Program Action Alert
* State Board of Education (SBE) Considers Testing and Accountability Issues
* State Board of Education Renews Two Charter Schools
* Legislative Committees Picking Up Steam
* Energy Commission Announces Second Webinar for Proposition 39 (Energy Efficiency) Program Training
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 2/28/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Bill List
* AB 1266 Referendum Fails
* Stay Up to Date on CDE Reporting and Corrections Deadlines
* Energy Commission Announces Second Webinar for Proposition 39 (Energy Efficiency) Program Training
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 2/20/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Action Alert: CCSA and National Alliance Asks your Support for Federal Charter Schools Program Funds
* 2014-15 Governor’s Budget Webinar and LCFF Video Posted
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 2/13/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* California State Controller Request for Employee Salary and Benefit Information
* New Smarter Balanced Field Test Flash Listserv
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 2/7/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Meets
* New EdSource Resource Guide on the Local Control Funding Formula
* WestED Common Core Webinar
* New Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet on Proposition 39: Energy Efficiency Available
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 1/30/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program Application Period Now Open
* New Guidance Allows Charter Schools to Preference Educationally Disadvantaged Students in Lotteries
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 1/23/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CCSA 2014-15 Governor’s Budget Webinar
* California Career Pathways Trust Grants
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 1/17/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CCSA Offers Budget and LCFF Resources
* State Board of Education Approves LCFF Regulations and Templates
* CCSA Hosts “Back to Session” Event at the Capitol
* 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 1/9/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* State Budget Update: January 9, 2014
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 1/6/14

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* The Legislature is Back in Session

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Capitol Update 12/13/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* We need your immediate action on illegal CalPERS policy - Action Alert below
* LCAP Draft Template Released
* Charter School Leaders are Making Advocacy a Priority
* Facilities Survey
* PCSGP Dissemination of Charter School Best Practices Sub-grant: Request for Applications & Webinar
* CSFP Preliminary Apportionment Applications
* White House Video Contest

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Capitol Update 11/21/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Thank You Senator Liu
* Local Control Funding Formula FAQ
* CDE Smarter Balanced Assessments Field Test Update
* LAO Forecast: State’s Fiscal Position is Strongest in a Decade
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 11/7/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* State Board of Education Meeting
* Transition to a New Assessment System: Focus on Charter Schools Webinar
* Growth in California Charter Schools Continues to Gain Momentum
* Capitol Advocacy Leaders
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 10/18/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Governor’s Actions
* Regional Meetings Concluded This Week
* SB 740 Facility Grant Funds Released
* Nonclassroom-Based Instruction Funding Determination Forms Released
* Prop. 39 (Facilities) Requests Due November 1: Free Legal Assistance Available
* Prop. 39: Energy Efficiency
* State Board of Education Seeking Applicants for Instructional Quality Commission

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Update on the State Assessments for 2013-14

On Oct. 2, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla), which establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system, which replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Find out what tests will be given under this system for 2013-14.

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Capitol Update 10/10/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Governor’s Actions
* Registration Open for 2014 Advocacy Day

* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Meets
* California School Finance Authority Takes Action on Several Items
* Charter School Facility Grant Funds Available To New Charter Schools: Apply By October 15
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 10/03/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Governor’s Actions
* State Bond Program Review
* Title 1 Funding
* Federal Government Shutdown
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 9/26/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Governor’s Actions
* State Bond Program Review
* Federal Government Shutdown
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 9/20/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* On the Governor’s Desk
* Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
* Green Ribbon Schools Application
* Fall Regional Meetings
* Business Managers’ Meetings
* State Board of Education Student Member Applications
* Prop. 39 (Facilities) Requests Due November 1
* CDE Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Funding

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Capitol Update 9/15/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Big Changes in Education as Legislature Ends 2013 Session
* PCSGP Applications are Due!
* Start Preparing Your Prop. 39 Facilities Request
* Last Week! Back to School Conference Registration Special of $350
* Business Managers’ Meetings

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Capitol Update 9/10/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Federal Communications Commission Accepting Comments on E-Rate Funding
* We asked and you responded

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Capitol Update 9/05/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* AB 948, CCSA’s sponsored bill to expand eligibility for charter school facility funding, was held in committee for no apparent reason: alert Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg TODAY that charter schools need action now!
* Legislative Session Drawing to a Close
* State Board of Education (SBE)
* Happenings: Updates and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 8/30/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget Committee Considers LCFF Amendments: Charter School Concentration Grants Impacted
* No Longer Hanging in Suspense
* Common Core Rollout
* Happenings: Events and Deadlines

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Capitol Update 8/28/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Applications due THIS FRIDAY for Mandate Block Grant funds: all charter schools must re-apply annually!

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Capitol Update 8/22/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Application period open for charter school facility grant program (SB 740)
* Capitol full of energy as end-of-session approaches
* Updates on Local Control Funding Formula from the CDE
* CCSA PCSGP Application Overview Workshop: August, 26, 4 pm - 6 pm
* Reminder to Renew Early

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Capitol Update 8/16/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* PCSGP Peer Reviewers Needed
* Proposition 39 Clean Energy Act Guidelines
* Legislative Update
* No Child Left Behind Waivers

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Capitol Update 8/8/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* New Resources on the State Budget and Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
* SB 740 Facility Grant Update
* Race to the Top-District Competition Applications Now Available
* Myrna Castrej√≥n, CCSA’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, selected for prestigious fellowship

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Capitol Update 8/02/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Public Charter Schools Grant Program Application Now Available

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Capitol Update 7/25/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* LCFF Implementation Discussions Begin
* Support Charter School Facilities Policy Efforts
* Staffing Transition

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Capitol Update 7/18/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CSFA Approves New Emergency Regulations Guiding SB 740 Facility Program
* Energy Efficiency Grant Update
* LCFF Update
* Support Charter School Facilities Policy Efforts

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Capitol Update 7/11/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* SBE Update
* SB 740 Facility Grant Program Transferred to California School Finance Authority
* Legislative Update
* Important information from the CDE on charter school funding

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Capitol Update 7/03/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Local Control Funding Formula Signed Into Law
* State Board of Education Discusses LCFF and PCSGP
* Legislative Update

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Capitol Update 6/28/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Governor Signs State Budget
* Legislative Update
* 50K Students on Waitlists for CA Charter Schools, 973K Nationally
* 2012-13 Second Principal (P-2) Apportionment has been certified
* National Charter Schools Conference

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Capitol Update 6/20/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* State Budget Update: 10 days and counting
* Legislative Update
* What’s Happening with Charter School Employee Pensions?

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Capitol Update 6/15/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislature Passes State Budget
* Local Control Funding Formula

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Capitol Update 6/6/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget Conference Committee Acts on Charter School Items
* Legislative Update
* Congress Ramps Up Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
* Peer Reviewers Needed for Charter School Program Grant Competition

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Capitol Update 5/31/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update

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Capitol Update 5/24/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Charter School Items Alive in the Final Budget Negotiations
* Legislative Update

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Capitol Update 5/17/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* State Budget Update
* Legislative Update
* Annual 2013-14 Charter Schools Information Survey
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day: Relive the Day!

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Capitol Update 5/14/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget May Revision Provides Increased K-12 Funds

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Capitol Update 5/9/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Charter School Supporters Advocate at the Capitol
* Legislative Actions This Week
* Budget Revision: Revenues Looking Up
* State Board of Education Actions

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Capitol Update 5/01/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Facilities Win for Charter Schools in the Capitol
* What’s Happening at California’s Education Agencies: We Advocate for YOU
* More Legislative Actions…
* State Budget Update

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Capitol Update 4/25/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Support Expanding Access to Facilities Funding!
* This Week in Sacramento
* Budget/Local Control Funding Formula Update
* New English Learner Requirements for Intern Credentialed Teachers
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day: May 8 in Sacramento

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Capitol Update 4/19/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Assembly Education Committee Passes Legislation Gutting Proposition 39 Facilities Options
* Budget Update
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day
* Upcoming Deadline at the California Department of Education

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Capitol Update 4/11/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Updates - New Webpage Launched
* Protect Charter School Facility Options: TAKE ACTION to Oppose AB 1032
* Sacramento Actions
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Considers Multiple Nonclassroom-Based Funding Determinations
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

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Capitol Update 4/5/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Actions This Week
* AB 917 (Bradford)
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day
* Local Control Funding Formula Updates
* Education Protection Account (EPA) FAQs and 2012-13 Fiscal Year Estimate

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Capitol Update 3/21/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Actions before Spring Recess
* Senate Budget Subcommittee Discusses Charter School Items
* Charter School Facility Grant Program (SB 740) Apportionments Posted
* DON’T FORGET: Connect with Your Legislators during Spring Recess

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Capitol Update 3/18/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* The 20th Annual Charter Schools Anniversary Celebration: Another Successful Conference
* Budget Update
* Legislative Update
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day
* State Board of Education (SBE)
* Application Available for Exemption from Apportionment Deferral in June 2013

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Capitol Update 3/8/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Commission on Teacher Credentialing Discusses Intern Credentials and English Learner Authorization
* CCSA Sponsored Legislation: AB 948
* Quickly Approaching Deadline: Charter School Revolving Loan Fund 2012-13
* Application Available for Exemption from Apportionment Deferral in June 2013
* 20th Anniversary Charter Schools Conference
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

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Capitol Update 2/28/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Budget Update: Local Control Funding Formula
* Federal Update: Impact of Sequestration on Charters
* Quickly Approaching Deadline: Charter School Revolving Loan Fund 2012-13
* Application Available for Exemption from Apportionment Deferral in June 2013
* 20th Anniversary Charter Schools Conference
* Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Considers Changes to the Intern Credential Program
* 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

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Capitol Update 2/21/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CCSA Sponsors Legislation on SB 740 Facility Grants
* Budget Update
* Northern California Charter School Nominated for a Green Ribbon Award
* 2012-13 First Principal (P-1) Apportionment has been certified
* Bill Introduction Deadline

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Capitol Update 2/14/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Budget Update on Local Control Funding Formula
* PCSGP Peer Reviewers Needed for Dissemination Grant Application Review
* Annual Compilation of Charter School Laws and Regulations

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Capitol Update 2/06/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Positive Outcome for Non-classroom based Schools at ACCS
* Budget Update
* Legislative Update

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Capitol Update 1/17/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CCSA’s January 2013 Budget Brief
* State Board of Education Appointments
* SBE Approves PCSGP Dissemination Grant
* Upcoming Deadline at the CDE

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Capitol Update 1/10/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Charter School Improvements
* State Fiscal Outlook
* Key Elements for Education
* Principal Apportionment Due Date Reminder

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Capitol Update 1/7/13

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Year Begins in Earnest
* CCSA’s Government Affairs Team Announces New Leadership
* Governor Jerry Brown to Release State Budget

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Capitol Update 12/13/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Support Charter School Inclusion in New Parcel Tax Measure
* Thank You Assemblymember Buchanan!
* Executive Director of State Board of Education Announces Retirement
* ACCS Meeting Canceled

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Capitol Update 12/3/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* The New Legislative Session Begins Today
* Bill Introduced to Lower Parcel Tax Threshold
* Public Charter Schools Grant Program
* Reminder: Do Not Miss Your Chance to Participate in the Facilities Survey

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Capitol Update 11/20/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget News
* Have 5 Minutes? Reach Out To Your New Legislators
* Important Information for California Charter Organizations Regarding the 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection
* Opportunities to Participate in State Committees

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Capitol Update 11/8/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Proposition 30 Passes!
* State Board of Education
* New Facilities Survey is Live: Complete Yours Today to Win Prizes

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Important Opportunity to Correct Errors in Free & Reduced Price Meal Eligibility

FRPM eligibility data reported in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) CALPADS system impact eligibility for many funding sources, including Title I, Economic Impact Aid, and the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program. Act by November 14 to review and correct data.

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Capitol Update 10/25/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* New Charter School Growth
* Proposition 30 Information for CCSA Members
* SB 1290 Establishes New Renewal Standard for Charter Schools
* SB 740 Facility Grant Funds Released, But Data Issues Still Remain

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Capitol Update 10/16/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* We Need You! Request for Peer Reviewers for the Start-Up Grant
* Green Ribbon Schools Award Program NOW Accepting Applications
* CCSA Continues to Support Weighted Student Formula

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Capitol Update 10/10/12

Special Urgent Notice: PCSGP Application Revised - Application Deadline is this Friday, October 12

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Capitol Update 10/1/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Applying for a Start-Up Grant?
* Encouraging Charter School Replication

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Capitol Update 9/26/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update

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Capitol Update 9/20/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Application for After School Program Grants is Available
* Are You a Green School? Apply for the Green Ribbon Schools Award
* Share Your Expertise at the Conference

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Capitol Update 9/18/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* PCSGP Request for Applications (RFA)
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* Webinar - TOMORROW, September 19
* Request for Peer Reviewers
* CCSA Support for PCSGP Applicants

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Capitol Update 9/14/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* SBE Approves Start-Up Grant Application: Webinar on September 19
* SB 740 Facility Grant Applications Now Available: Due September 18
* 2012-13 New and Growing Charter School 20 Day Attendance Report: Due October 31
* Share Your Expertise - ACCS and SBE Members Sought

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Capitol Update 9/6/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Proposition 30 Information
* Citi Charter School Working Capital Program Application Now Available
* State Board of Education to Consider PCSGP Application
* Important Data Reporting Deadlines
* Important Updates from the CD

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Capitol Update 8/31/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* And They’re Done (Almost)
* CCSA Continues to Support School Funding Reform

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Capitol Update 8/23/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* 6 Legislative Days And Counting…
* PCSGP Grant Application Expected in September
* CCSA Members: Cash Flow Relief Alternatives
* ELL Legislative Briefing at State Capitol
* Share Your Expertise: Present at the 2013 Charter Schools Conference

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Capitol Update 8/16/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Two Anti-Charter School Bills are Defeated; Several Bills Still Move Forward

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Capitol Update 8/9/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Cash Flow Difficulties Continue for Charter Schools, New Deferrals Effective Immediately
* CCSA Hosts English Language Learners (ELL) Brown Bag
* And They’re Off…
* Leadership Changes
* Charter Schools May Receive Access to District Surplus Property: Act Now!
* Share Your Expertise: Present at the 2013 Charter Schools Conference
* CCSA submits letter to Superintendent Torlakson regarding SB 740 concerns

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Capitol Update 8/02/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Upcoming Deadline: SB 740 Facility Expenditure Reports
* The Legislature is Returning to Sacramento; Charter School Items on the Agenda
* Update on New Mandate Block Gra
* CDE Posts Apportionment Schedule and Estimator
* What’s Happening with Charter School Employee Pensions?
* New Federal Charter School Grant Program
* Common Core Standards Update

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Capitol Update 7/20/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* CCSA Submits Letter to Superintendent Torlakson Regarding PCSGP Concerns
* Update on Actions Taken by the State Board of Education (SBE)
* SB 740 Apportionments Posted by California Department of Education
* Open Application Period for the Charter Schools Facilities Credit Enhancement Grant Program
* Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Charter Schools in California!

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Capitol Update 7/5/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget Update: CCSA Budget Brief Available
* What’s the Legislature Doing this Week?
* CDE Releases PENSEC Application
* U.S. Department of Education Seeking Peer Reviewers for Charter Schools Program Applications

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Capitol Update 6/28/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* 2012-13 State Budget Approved

* Charter Schools Win at State Allocation Board

* New CalSTRS Regulations Effective July 1

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Capitol Update 6/21/12 and Action Alert

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Did you know the Legislature voted to cut charter school funding by $50 million?
* Senate Education Committee Votes on Charter School Bills
* Several Charter Schools Receive Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants
* The November Ballot Gets Longer

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Capitol Update 6/15/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislature Passes (portions of) the State Budget
* AB 1172 Defeated in Committee: Thank You for Your Advocacy!
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Recommends SBE Approval of Charter in Livermore

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Capitol Update 6/7/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* It’s Not Too Late: Make Your Voice Heard on AB 1172
* In Other Legislative News…

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Capitol Update 5/31/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update

* ACTION ALERT: Oppose AB 1172! Make Your Voice Heard Before The School Year Ends
* Charter School Facilities Update
* 2012-13 Deferral Exemption Application Deadline Approaching
* Register Today for the National Charter Schools Conference
* Is Your School Ready for Common Core?

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Capitol Update 5/25/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update
* Transitional Kindergarten
* 2012-13 Charter Schools Annual Information Survey
* Nutrition Services Compliance

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Capitol Update 5/17/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* 2012-13 May Revision Budget Brief
* Legislative Update
* SB 740 Fourth Advance Apportionment for 2011-12 Posted
* Charter Schools Annual Information Survey Delayed

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Capitol Update 5/10/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* California Legislature Recognizes National Charter Schools Week
* Legislative Update
* Budget Update
* Federal Update
* State Board of Education Takes Several Actions on Charter Schools
* Building a Special Collection of Charter School Documents

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Capitol Update 4/26/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Budget Update - Your Actions Made a Difference
* Legislative Update
* Charter Schools Facilities Update
* Environmental Charter High School wins U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award

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Capitol Update 4/19/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Action Alert: Key Budget Hearings Next Week on Charter School Items
* Action Alert: Continue Allowing Retired Teachers to Return to the Classroom
* Legislative Update
* IRS Pension Plan Proposal: Update & What You Can Continue To Do
* National Charter Schools Week is Coming Soon
* PCSGP Deadline Approaching
* PCSGP Readers Needed

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Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) Readers Needed

Want to participate in the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) application review process as a peer reviewer? Here’s your chance!

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Capitol Update 4/12/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Let Legislators Know You Support Charter School Budget Items
* Legislative Update: Suspensions, Expulsions, Data Sharing, and More
* Update from the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS)
* National Charter Schools Week is Coming Soon
* Charter Schools Recognized with the Title I Academic Achievement Award
* PCSGP Readers Needed
* Dropout Recovery National Conference Call

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Capitol Update 4/5/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Budget Update
* Success at the California School Finance Authority
* PCSGP Readers Needed
* Technology Readiness Data Collection Rollout
* Applicants to Serve on the Mathematics CFCC

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Capitol Update 3/30/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Revolving Loan Fund Applications Due Today, March 30, 2012
* Don’t Miss Your Chance to Weigh in on a New Statewide Assessment System
* California Legislative Republicans Propose “Roadmap to Protect Classrooms and Taxpayers”

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Capitol Update 3/22/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Superintendent Torlakson Chooses Charter School Campus to Announce New National Green Ribbon Schools Program
* Upcoming Deadlines Quickly Approaching: Public Charter School Grant Program
* Start Building a Relationship With Your Legislators

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Capitol Update 3/16/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Make Your Voice Heard on the State Budget
* Upcoming Deadlines Quickly Approaching: Public Charter School Grant Program
* Legislative Hearings
* Office of Administrative Law Approves Regulations Affecting Charter School Facilities
* IRS Town Hall on Pension Plan Proposal
* Education Funding Initiatives
* Start Building a Relationship With Your Legislators

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Capitol Update 3/8/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* CCSA Endorses Governor Brown’s Initiative
* Revolving Loan Application: Key Dates and Updated Application Due March 30
* The State Board of Education (SBE) met in Sacramento this week and took several actions that affect charter schools
* REMINDER: TDap Vaccine Requirements and Implications
* State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program
* Legislative Update
* IRS and Public Pension Plans: Next Steps
* Important Info: June 2012 Deferral Exemption

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Capitol Update 2/23/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Advocacy Week 2012
* Have a Question for California’s Education Leaders?

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Capitol Update 2/16/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Senate Budget and Fiscal Review
* Have a Question for California’s Education Leaders?

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Capitol Update 2/10/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

A special thank you for your participation on our recent Action Alert.

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Capitol Update 2/9/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS)
* Success at the California School Finance Authority (CSFA)
* Conference Is Around the Corner…

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Capitol Update Urgent Action Needed Today

This week’s Capitol Update contains important information on legislation that greatly impacts California charter school funding. Additionally, charter school teacher and employee retirement funds are at risk; read more information about proposed regulations below and take action today!

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Capitol Update 1/26/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) Releases a Report on Charter School Funding
* Legislative Update
* Governor’s State of the State Address
* 2012-13 Governor’s Budget Proposal Budget Brief
* CCSA Back to Session Reception

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Capitol Update 1/12/12

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Big Wins for Charters at the State Board of Education
* Upcoming CDE Deadline

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Capitol Update - Important Budget News

In an unprecedented and surprise action today, Governor Jerry Brown released his state budget proposal for the 2012-13 fiscal year, five days before the previously scheduled release.

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Capitol Update - 1/4/12 Special Edition


Included in the this special edition:

An update and call to action on AB1172

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Capitol Update 12/22/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* New Education Laws Taking Effect on January 1, 2012
* Have you made your voice heard on AB 1172?
* Green Ribbon Schools Award Program
* Applications Being Accepted for the SBE’s Instructional Quality Commission
* 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference—New Year Discount!

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Capitol Update 12/19/11 Action Alert

We didn’t plan to issue an Action Alert before the new year; however charter school detractors are at it again…

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Capitol Update 12/13/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:
* Trigger Cuts Enacted: Reductions to K-12 Are Less Than Initially Feared
* Multiple Tax Initiatives Vying for November 2012 Ballot; Governor’s Proposal Polls Well
* Stay Tuned During the Holidays: Legislature Back-to-Session on January 4, 2012

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Capitol Update 11/16/11 Important Budget News

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Analyst Forecasts Budget “Trigger” Cuts for Education
* Charter School Wins at the State Board of Education

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Capitol Update 11/3/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Renewal and Parent Empowerment Regulations Approved by Office of Administrative Law
* Charter School Facilities Program Funding Round Notification
* Update on SBE Revocation Regulations

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Capitol Update 10/20/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Governor’s Actions Reflect His Experience
* Budget and Finance Update
* Race to the Top, Early Learning Challenge
* Conference Update
* African American Student Performance in Charters

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Capitol Update - 10/10/11 Special Edition

Over the weekend, the Governor signed and vetoed hundreds of bills. Among them were dozens of education bills, both charter school specific, and bills that affected California’s broader public education system. We are very pleased that the Governor has come out strong (and in no uncertain terms) in defense of charter schools.

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Capitol Update 9/29/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Federal Advocacy Efforts
* Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS)
* CDE Seeking Charter School Division Director

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Capitol Update - 9/13/11 Special Edition

This time-sensitive communication was shared with schools that received funding from the Charter School Facility Grant Program (SB 740 Program) in the past, and may be eligible for this funding stream this year.

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Capitol Update - 9/9/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Charter Schools Facility Grant Program (CSFGP-SB 740 Program)
* Legislative Update
* Congress Debates Federal Charter School Law
* State Board of Education (SBE)

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Capitol Update - 9/7/11 Special Edition

We wanted to be the first to tell you the latest news about legislation that CCSA is supporting. Read the details.

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Capitol Update 9/2/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Shape 2012 Conference Programming
* API Scores Released

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Capitol Update 8/25/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* Charter Schools Win at the State Allocation Board
* California Weighs in on Possible No Child Left Behind Waiver
* Charter School Facility Grant Program (SB 740 Program)
* Transition to Common Core Standards

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Capitol Update 8/18/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Legislative Update
* California Redistricting Commission Finishes Its Work
* State Allocation Board
* Public Charter School Grant Program
* News from the California Department of Education (CDE)

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Capitol Update 8/11/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* State Budget Update
* End of Session Preview
* Senate Bill (SB) 547 - Possible Changes to California’s Public School Accountability System
* 2nd Grade Testing
* Back to School Checklist

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Capitol Update 7/23/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* State Budget: Countdown to July 1
* Legislative Update
* ESEA (also known as No Child Left Behind) Reauthorization Moves Forward
* State Allocation Board

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Capitol Update 7/15/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* Build a Relationship with Your Legislator During Summer Recess

* Legislative Update

* State Board of Education

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Capitol Update 7/7/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* 2011-12 Budget Brief Posted
* Legislative Update

* Pupil Demographic Requirements
* Local Authorizer Input
* New and Expanding Charter Schools Reporting Deadline

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Capitol Update 6/30/11 - Special Message from Jed Wallace

Included in this special Capitol Update message from Jed Wallace:

* Legislative efforts to address charter school management and governance

* CCSA reaches agreement on charter school governance, finance and operations
* Bills provide clarity, address accountability, and increase access to quality facilities

* Get more information, share your feedback

* State budget passed; watch for new Budget Brief

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Capitol Update 6/23/11

Included in the Capitol Update this week:

* State Budget: Countdown to July 1

* Legislative Update

* ESEA (also known as No Child Left Behind) Reauthorization Moves Forward

* State Allocation Board

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Capitol Update Archive 2011 January - June

Capitol Update Archive 2011 January - June

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Capitol Update Archive - 2010

Capitol Update Archive - 2010

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Capitol Update Archive 2009

Capitol Update Archive 2009

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Capitol Update Archive 2008

Capitol Update Archive 2008

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