Major Categories: Member Services

CCSA Answers: Preparing for and Responding to a Crisis

Learn how your school can prepare for and respond to a crisis like the wildfires currently burning across the state.

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CCSA Answers: Receiving Credit for Emergency Days When Determining ADA

Wildfires throughout California have led to emergency closures at some charter schools. Learn how you can receive credit for emergency days when determining average daily attendance.

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Notification of SELPA Exit - Deadline June 30, 2018

Looking to explore LEA status or negotiate with your authorizer alternative special education arrangements for the 2019-2020 school year? Consider submitting a non-binding letter notifying your existing SELPA, Authorizer, CCSA, and CDE of your intent to exit the SELPA by June 30, 2018.

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CCSA Answers: The Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate and Charter Schools

Learn how the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) applies to charter schools.

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Reference CCSA Buyers' Guide to Improve Your School's Operations and Purchasing Decisions

Now that the CCSA Conference has come to end, CCSA would like to remind all charter school leaders that CCSA’s 6th edition of the Annual Buyers’ Guide is still available for school leaders across the state. The guide is a mainstay of CCSA publications, containing helpful advice and lessons learned about school operations and purchasing.

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Preparing for the Public Charter Schools Grant Program: Application Requirements Webinar and Consultations

Do you have questions about how to complete the latest Public Charter Schools Grant Program application? Join a webinar on March 21 to learn more about the application and get your questions answered by Alice Miller, Managing Director of Knowledge Management (KM). You can also participate in a consultation with CCSA’s KM Team March 22-24.

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This Week: California Teacher Credentialing Workshop 101

This Wednesday, January 31, don’t miss this workshop and opportunity to meet one-on-one with a credentialing specialist to get your questions about teacher credentialing answered. Register for the online webinar today!

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CCSA Answers: Does "AB 168: Employers: Salary Information" Apply to Charter Schools?

Learn about AB 168, the purpose of the law, and how it applies to charter schools.

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CCSA Answers: 2018 Changes to Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts

Learn about changes to Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 2018 and how this will affect your school’s employees.

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Instructions for Completing the CA Dashboard Local Indicators

Step-by-step instructions for completing the California Dashboard Local Indicators, due December 1, 2017.

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Wildfires: A California Charter School Resource Toolkit & Infographic

To help you plan for potential fires, CCSA vendor Warren G. Bender Co. has put together a helpful guide with resources on how to prepare for, manage, and recover from a wildfire.

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Last Week for CCSA's Fraud Oversight Workshops

Charter school board members, principals, executive directors, and business managers can participate in this webinar where they will interact with representatives from FCMAT to discuss fraud and oversight issues.

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Prepare Your School's Request for Facilities Under Prop. 39!

This school year’s Prop. 39 cycle is already underway. Find CCSA’s various resources, templates, and information to get you started.

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Webinar: Digital Marketing 101 for Charter School Growth

Digital marketing, if done well, can have a positive impact on your charter school’s enrollment, retention, and growth. To help you leverage the digital landscape and position your school for future success, replication, and program growth, Charter School Capital, an organization that delivers access to growth capital and facilities financing to charter schools nationwide, is hosting a Digital Marketing 101 webinar for charter schools this Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. PST.

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CCSA's Spring Business Managers' Meetings Wrap Up This Week

Wondering about the 2017-18 State May Budget Revise and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Register to attend CCSA’s final spring Business Managers’ meetings happening this week!

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Last Call: June Regional Meetings (Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego)

Final regional meetings are this week and next in Sacramento, Fresno, and San Diego! Don’t miss this chance to connect with charter leaders in your region and CCSA team members to discuss your local needs and ways to best support your schools.

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Registration Open for June Regional Meetings

Calling all Northeast, Central Valley and Southern California Charter Schools:Your regional meeting is around the corner! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with charter leaders in your region and CCSA team members to discuss your needs and ways to support your school.

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Opportunity to Host/Join a Professional Learning Network through CCEE

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) has released its formal Request for Letters of Interest for entities interested in hosting Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) for the next two years (2017-18 and 2018-19). The deadline to guarantee consideration of a Letter of Interest (LOI) is Monday, May 15, 2017. Learn more about how to apply here.

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San Bernardino Regional Meetings

Please join us Friday, May 19 for the San Bernardino Regional Meetings. Come out and network with charter leaders in your region, discuss how we can best support your schools and talk about your unique regional needs. Don’t miss this opportunity - REGISTER TODAY!

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Using Data to Ensure a Successful Renewal

Data can help charter schools have a successful renewal, but it can be a challenge to tell your data story. CCSA is here to help! Join us on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM to secure a toolbox of resources to support a successful renewal. Learn more about the webinar and register here.

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Doctoral Scholarship Opportunity for Charter School Leaders

William Howard University is accepting applications for the annual Roger J. Duthoy Scholarship. This 17th Annual award is valued in excess of $15,000.00 and will include all tuition and related fees in the school’s nationally-accredited, independent study Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in Charter School Administration Program.

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Prop 39 Applicants: Did the District Provide a Final Offer of Facilities?

Under Prop. 39 regulations, school districts are required to make final offers of facilities to eligible charter schools by April 1. Charter schools must respond to these preliminary offers by May 1, or 30 days after the final offer whichever is later. Read on for additional information and template response letters.

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Deadline Soon: Complete the 2017 Member Satisfaction Survey for a Chance to Win Prizes!

CCSA values your opinion! Please respond to the Member Satisfaction Survey to tell us how we can better support your school and charter schools across California and for a chance to win prizes. Learn more about the prizes and submission deadlines here.

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2017 Member Satisfaction Survey: Ridgecrest & Harvest Ridge Cooperative Charters are Winners!

Ridgecrest Charter School in Kern County and Harvest Ridge Cooperative Charter in Placer County filled out the 2017 CCSA Member Satisfaction Survey and received $250 gift cards through our BuyQ partner, S&S Worldwide. Are you interested in winning, too? Take just 10 minutes to complete the CCSA Member Satisfaction Survey today.

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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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New California School Dashboards from CDE now available for Schools to Preview!

In March the California Department of Education (CDE) will publicly release a new California School Dashboard. The Dashboard will color-code ratings on a number of indicators that the State Board of Education recently approved as part of its new accountability system (formerly known as LCFF Evaluation Rubrics). These dashboards are currently available for preview for schools, using a login provided by the CDE.

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CCSA Reminds Members of Supports Available to Schools and School Communities

CCSA is offering assistance, resources, and connections to immigration organizations to charter schools affected by ongoing challenges families may face related to immigration. Learn more about how you can get in touch with our immigration assistance team.

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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? Your school’s LCAP should influence your budget and align with your charter petition, Title Plans, student assessments and WASC goals.

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Finance Academies Continue This Week!

Back by popular demand, the California Charter Schools Association is offering our one-day Finance Academy. This in-person workshop, offered in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego, will help charter schools and developers strengthen their internal financial management capacity.

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

Wondering about the Governor’s January Budget Proposal 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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State School Facilities Bond Webinar Video Recording

CCSA held a webinar on December 15 on the State School Facilities Bond created through Proposition 51, which includes $500 million for charter public school facilities. Watch a recording of the webinar and download the PowerPoint slides to learn more about how to participate in the State Bond program here.

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Sesame Street endorses CCSA Vendor Member, Yup Tutoring

The Yup Team is excited to announce their new partnership with Sesame Street!

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NEW Tool! 25 Days of Charter Schools on Social Media

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) has developed a social media content calendar in response to member requests that is designed to help members supplement their social media strategies with Twitter and Facebook posts that highlight why #charterswork.

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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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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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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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Have you Registered for the LAUSD Fall Regional Meeting?

Don’t forget to RSVP to our LAUSD Fall Regional Meeting September 29 at Camino Nuevo- Miramar!

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Improve Your School's Operations

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CCSA’s 5th edition of the Annual Buyers’ Guide is now ready! The guide is a mainstay of CCSA publications, containing helpful advice and lessons learned about school operations and purchasing.

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Regional Meetings Coming to a City Near You!

Your regional meeting is coming up soon! Regional Charter Leader Meetings provide an opportunity to discuss how we can best support your schools, talk about your unique regional needs, and network with other charter leaders across your region.

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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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Member Council Provides Input for 2017 Legislative Season: Bill Ideas Welcome!

In its June meeting the Membership Council provided initial input for what CCSA should prioritize as we start to develop an advocacy agenda for the 2017 legislative season. Learn more about how you can share your ideas.

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Only 4 Days Left to Complete the 2016 Annual CCSA Members Satisfaction Survey!

Take the 2016 Membership Survey!

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Let CCSA Know What You Think! Take the Member Satisfaction Survey & You May Win A Prize

Take the 2016 Member Survey and you may win a prize for your school like winners Roger Coy and Janet Landon!

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CCSA Member Satisfaction Survey Winner Announced: Take the Survey for Your Chance to Win!

Please take just 10 minutes to complete the CCSA Member Satisfaction Survey and help CCSA better support your school and charter schools across California!

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Announcing the 2016 CCSA Member Satisfaction Survey!

Please take just 10 minutes to complete the CCSA Member Satisfaction Survey and help CCSA better support your school and charter schools across California!

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Help Another Charter School! Refer Your Favorite Vendors to CCSA

Refer your favorite vendor to CCSA for a chance to win a Staples gift card for your school.

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Save on Core School Purchases - Meet Charter Advantage Partners at Conference

If you are a charter school leader or business manager attending the annual conference, don’t forget to visit CCSA’s Charter Advantage partners!

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Don't Let Your CCSA Membership Benefits Expire!

Don’t forget to renew your CCSA membership benefits!

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Announcing The California Charter Schools Buyers' Guide - 4th Edition!

Check out the new California Charter Schools Buyer’s Guide with a focus on technology.

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Last Week for the Fall Data Campaign: Participate Today!

Participate today in CCSA’s Fall Data Campaign in oder to help us gather information that we use to educate the public about charter schools and advocate on your behalf locally and at the Capitol.

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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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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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Latest Edition of the California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide Now Available!

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The latest edition of the California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide, compiled by CCSA’s Knowledge Management Team, highlights several articles which focus on financial management and issues with fiscal implications.

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Attention: School Operations and Purchasing Staff

The annual California Charter Schools Buyers’ Guide is available now with tips to save your school time and money. Find out what’s inside and start saving today.

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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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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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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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CDE Issues New Guidance on Parent Service Hours

The California Department of Education has released new guidance addressing parent service hour requirements in public schools.

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Don't Miss CCSA's Winter Business Managers Meetings!

Got questions about the Governor’s 2015-16 State Budget Proposal and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA’s Business Managers meetings!

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2015 CCSA Conference Programming is Now Available

CCSA is proud to offer programming tailored specifically to the needs of the California charter community at the 22nd Annual Charter Schools Conference. 160+ breakout sessions have been developed and approved by charter school experts to meet the needs of YOU and YOUR school community - check them out now!

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Are you using CCSA's Self-Assessment Portal yet?

Jumpstart your assessment completion by attending the webinar “Completing your Self-Assessment” on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30pm-5:00pm. Walk away from the webinar having completed 3 of the 10 assessment sections!

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Harvard Researchers Seeking Schools and Teachers for Video Observation Study

Teachers and school leaders: Help Harvard researchers improve classroom observations by using video technology.

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Outfit Your School for Student Success

Th Buyers’ Guide is an exclusive resource for CCSA members, providing perspective on school operations, best practices in purchasing and a complete directory of CCSA Vendor Members.

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LA Info Session: Medi-Cal Changes for Charter Schools

Join LACOE for an info session for charter schools on the School-based Medi-Cal Administrative Services Activities (SMAA) program on Tuesday, September 23.

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Your Two-cents Could = $1,000 Off Your CCSA Dues

School Leaders: Participate in the 2014 Charter Member Satisfaction Survey to enter for a chance to win $1,000 off your 2015 dues, registration to 2015 Annual Charter Schools Conference, and other great prizes from Charter Advantage partners: Booksource, Hertz Furniture and S&S Worldwide.

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Charter Leader Feedback Requested: Member Satisfaction Survey

The 2014 Charter Member Satisfaction Survey is now live! We want to know your overall satisfaction with our work, which advocacy initiatives you prioritize, and how we can make membership even more valuable for your school.

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Strengthen Strategic Planning in This Critical Transition Year

The School Self-Assessment Portal is a FREE confidential tool just for members to help school leaders identify what they are doing well and areas where they can improve.

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Did you know CCSA offers Incorporation and Tax Exemption Support to Qualifying Members?

CCSA has a 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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Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Pulls Draft Charter School Regulation from April Agenda

The FPPC staff is taking more time to consider regulations to govern the application of the Political Reform Act.

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Reference Your CCSA Buyers' Guide Online, Anytime

The 2013-14 edition offers best practices in purchasing and procurement and ways to cut costs.

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External Opportunity: Equitable Access to Robust Infrastructure and Content for All

Common Core is coming. Education Trust-West presents a webinar to help you gain insights on how to close the technology divide in your school.

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2014 California Charter School Laws and Regulations: An Annual Compilation of Selected Provisions is Now Online

It contains nearly all the relevant legislative and regulatory changes affecting charter schools today.

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KIPP releases "Teach in San Jose" Video

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To create great new schools, you need great teachers. That’s why KIPP and Rocketship have teamed up on a great new video highlighting why it’s great to teach in San Jose.

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Feb. 13: LA Communicators Meet-up - Great Ideas for Recruiting Students

Are you responsible for communications for a charter school? Join your local colleagues for an in-person meet-up in Los Angeles!

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External Opportunity: January 17 deadline to refer foster youth to free college program

Refer foster youth to the United Friends of the Children College Sponsorship Program by January 17 to connect them with free financial support, mentorship, enrichment activities, and post-graduate planning.

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CDE now says that most students will take both English and Math SBAC

In a letter to superintendents and charter school leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson gave more details on testing for this year. We particularly wanted to highlight an update on testing as it varies from what CDE had previously conveyed.

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Dec. 5: Charter School Communicators Meet-up in Los Angeles

Are you responsible for communications for a charter school? Join your local colleagues for an in-person meet-up in Los Angeles on Dec. 5. Whether you’re trying to pull together marketing materials, pitch positive stories to the media or pull together a communications plan for the year, you’re not alone!

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Last Chance to Sign Up For Free Value-Added Growth Reports for Your School

Your school can receive a free value-added modeling report usually only available to large districts. If you opt in by November 14, you will receive the report by Dec. 2. Sign up today!

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CA Charter Schools Can Receive a Major Discount on MAP Assessments from NWEA - Sign Up Now!

CCSA has partnered with the Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) to allow California charter schools to receive a substantial discount on Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessments in Math, Reading, and Language Arts. Sign up ASAP to take full advantage of this opportunity!

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SBAC Field Test Required for All Schools - Take the Tech Assessment

The California Department of Education (CDE) has made clear that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) field test is REQUIRED for all schools, including charters. As the test is computerized, it is important for your school to take a technology readiness assessment. See more details on the required assessment and access the assessment.

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Correct your School's FRL Data by Oct. 31!

Several charter schools have found that the California Department of Education (CDE) has their Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRL) data wrong in CALPADS. This will affect your school’s funding under the new Local Control Funding Formula. Double check and correct your data by Oct. 31!

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Sign up by Oct. 21 to participate in CCSA's Self Assessment Portal

CCSA is launching a valuable, free tool to help schools self-assess strengths and weaknesses and connect with targeted resources in areas of need. The assessment takes just about an hour - sign up today!

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Up for Renewal? Sign Up to Receive Free Value-Added Growth Reports for Your School

Your school can receive a free value-added modeling report usually only available to large districts. If you opt in by November 11, you will receive the report by Dec. 2. Sign up today!

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AB 484: Guidance for Schools

On October 2, 2013, the Governor signed AB 484, which temporarily suspends most standardized testing. Find out what this means for your school and see CCSA’s recommendations on assessments.

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External Opportunity: Refer Foster Youth to College Readiness Program

Refer LA county foster youth entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade to the United Friends of the Children College Readiness Program to connect them with free individual college counseling, tutoring, special events, and summer programs.

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Important Information on Data Correction from the CDE

All Testing and Accountability Coordinators should recently have received information on data correction process for this year’s School Quality Snapshots from the California Department of Education.

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Different Decision Makers Make Different Decisions

Nonpartisan voter registration helps get charter school families to the polls

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Your Graduating Seniors Could Earn $2,000 Towards College!

Through the 2014 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship, a graduating senior from your school could earn $2,000 to help pay for his/her first year of college.

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Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Earn $100 Off Your CCSA Dues

Support CA charters and earn at least $100 off your CCSA dues. Classical Academies did, and they will enjoy $700 off their dues in 2014!

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By Appointment Only: PCSGP Application Consultations THIS WEEK

CCSA’s Knowledge Management Team will be offering one-hour consultations on September 11 or 12 for any Member school that has questions related to completing the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) application.

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The 2014 California Charter Schools Conference is Proud to Offer $2,000 Scholarships to 5 Deserving Students!

Do you know a graduating senior of a California charter school looking for scholarship money for college? Applications are now available for the Steelman Bragato Scholarship Program.

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New Member Publication: 2013-14 California Charter Schools Buyers' Guide

Access advice and best practices from charter leaders on purchasing, procurement and building an operationally sound school, as well as a complete listing of CCSA Vendor Members.

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The 2014 Conference is Proud to Offer $2,000 Scholarships to 5 Deserving Students!

Do you know a graduating senior looking for scholarship money for college? Applications are now available for the Steelman Bragato Scholarship Program.

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Free Member Resource: Sign Up to Receive Value-Added Growth Reports for Your School

Make your STAR data work harder! Your school can receive value-added modeling reports usually only available to large districts. Signing up is easy - opt in by the end of October so you don’t miss this great opportunity.

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STAR Test Coordinator Forms Due Sept. 13

Charter school administrators must annually determine if the charter school will conduct state testing programs dependently (testing with the school’s authorizing agency) or independently (testing separately from its authorizing agency). If your school is testing independently, you must submit these forms.

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Keeping Your Special Education Options Open- June 30 Deadline

Schools must submit a letter of intent to exit their SELPA by June 30 in order to maintain the option of exploring LEA status for special education or negotiating alternative special education arrangements for the 2014-2015 school year. The letter is non-binding, but must go in a year in advance. Click through for more information and our template letter.

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Get Early Analysis of Your CST Results for Free

California charters schools are invited to a use a beta version of Schoolzilla, a spin-off of Aspire Public Schools, which provides a free service that lets you upload up to four years of CST raw results and, in less than 5 minutes, get interactive reports that help you understand performance and growth.

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New Video: Two Pieces of Advice for Renewing Schools

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Are you ready for your renewal? Don’t worry, CCSA is here to help! In less than one minute, Roy Cervantes of CCSA shares his top two tips in this video.

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External Opportunity: The Future of Employee Benefits: Compliance Requirements for Your School in 2014

Presented by CharterSAFE. In this webinar, we will discuss the major elements of the Affordable Care Act, which will will have a significant impact on most charter schools.

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Get Monthly Content for Your Parent Newsletter

Each month, Families That Can provides a short, bilingual article that is easy for schools to include in their parent newsletter. Save this link!

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Community Benefit Schools: Building Partnerships and Nonprofit Capacity

Join the “Community Benefit Schools: Building Partnerships & Nonprofit Capacity,” a special series by CCSA’s Carlyn Obringer and Jeff Sands.

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New Maps to Help Developers as they Explore Potential Sites for their School

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The maps illustrate under-enrollment, free or reduced-price lunch rates, and school performance as captured by the Academic Performance Index.

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Prop 39 Final Offers

Have you received your final Prop. 39 offer? Please respond to your district by May 1 and see our website for template response letters.

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Teacher Conduct: Abuse and Crisis Intervention

A new Knowledge Brief dealing with issues of abuse prevention and response is now available on our website

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Enrolling and Serving Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

What additional considerations apply for independent study and nonclassroom-based charter schools? Get answers to these questions and more with our new web resource.

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ACSA Membership: 3 Months Free

CCSA members can now enjoy three free months of ACSA membership.

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2013 California Charter Schools Financial Management Guide

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

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CCSA Objects to LAUSD's Denial of Expansion of High-Performing Charter School

The LAUSD Board of Education recently failed to approve the expansion of a high-performing, award-winning charter school when it effectively “split” consideration of the school’s renewal charter petition into two motions and failed to approve one of the motions. CCSA has a written a letter objecting to this action.

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New Publication 'Oakland Achieves' - A Public Education Progress Report

Four of Oakland’s leading community and education organizations have joined to produce Oakland Achieves - A Public Education Progress Report

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Make the Connection Between Business and Education

Property and Business Improvement District are great allies to support education.

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Workshop for Public Charter School Grant Program

The California Charter Schools Association is proud to announce the return of a one-day Pre-Conference Public Charter Schools Grant Program workshop.

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Webinars for School Developers

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget.

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2013 California Charter School Laws and Regulations: An Annual Compilation of Selected Provisions is Now Online

This handy reference booklet contains all the relevant legislative and regulatory changes affecting charter schools in 2013.

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Seneca's New Multidisciplinary RTI Model Helps Charter Schools Position All Students for Success

Long-time providers of a comprehensive continuum of support services for children and families, they are now consulting and partnering with charter schools to enhance intervention supports.

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New area eligible for High Quality Charter Grant Program

The Walton Foundation has redefined the boundaries of the areas of Los Angeles that are eligible for its High Quality Charter Grant Program. See the new map!

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Special Education MOU's Due April 1 for LAUSD charter schools

All LAUSD-authorized charter schools will be required to select a new special education arrangement and sign a new memorandum of understanding by April 1, 2013 to take effect for the 2013-14 school year. Learn more at the Feb. 5 LA Regional Meeting!

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February 28: Reach For Success- An Evening of Transition for Students with Disabilities

All LA charter high school students with unique needs and their parents are invited to explore post-secondary options and community resources! Granada Hills Charter High School in partnership with Birmingham Community Charter High School is hosting an evening focused on transition.

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CCSA's 2012 Academic Accountability Report Cards are Live!

CCSA’s Academic Accountability Report Cards are updated with 2012 data and live. Click through to access the 2012 report cards and a sortable Excel spreadsheet listing all charter school results statewide.

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LA Charters invited to join the Million Word Challenge

Families in Schools is launching their annual Million Word Challenge literacy campaign. Local charter schools can register to be part of the campaign, which kicks off city-wide on Feb. 4, 2013. Registration and participation are both free.

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Critical February 6 Deadline is Approaching at the California Department of Education (CDE)

Certify your school’s Free and Reduced Price meal (FRPM) data in CALPADS to ensure accurate funding and grant eligibility for programs like the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program.

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Why Do YOU Love Charter Schools?

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the charter school movement by showing why YOU love charter schools! You AND your charter school can win a $100 gift card.

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External Opportunity: No-cost Common Core Academy + Consultations

CCSA members are invited to participate in Common Core and College & Career Readiness opportunities at no cost thanks to CCSA Vendor Member Center for College & Career Readiness.

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Dec. 19: Webinar- Writing Your Charter Petition

Learn the 16-point structure of a charter petition, and how to fully address each element at this free webinar.

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Explore the brand new CCSA "Find a School" map

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Want to “Find a School?” Frustrated by the clunky old map? We are excited to announce that the new CCSA charter schools map is here!

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Do You Know a Graduating Senior of a California Charter School Looking for Scholarship Money for College?

Encourage him/her to apply for the Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship! Applications are due Nov 30th.

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Notice: Membership Renewal 2013

School, Support and Vendor members: Renewal notices are in the mail! If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact CCSA Member Services.

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Free Registration for Common Core Institutes Courtesy of the Center for College & Career Readiness

Thanks to the Center, grant-funded registration is being made available for all CCSA members’ instruction & teacher-leader teams to the upcoming California Institutes hosted by The Common Core Institute (up to three registrations per school).

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California Charter Schools Grow to Over 1,000 on 20th Anniversary of Movement; Enrollment Surges by 70,000 Students

This year, 109 charter schools opened across California, bringing the total to over 1,000, while enrollment grew by an unprecedented 17%. Statewide poll results also show growth in awareness and support of state’s charters.

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Deadline for Pro Bono Review of your Prop. 39 Request Has Been Extended!

We are pleased to announce that we have extended our deadline for participation in CCSA’s Pro Bono Review Program.

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CBEDS Consultations October 24, 26

Have questions about how to the complete the forms? Here’s your opportunity to get help!

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External Opportunity: Oct. 25: Free Webinar on Online Speech-language Therapy

Presence Learning is offering a free webinar for charter schools later this month - register today to secure a spot!

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Members: Access Prop. 30 Information and Resources

Have questions or concerns about appropriate activities related to Proposition 30? Learn what you can do, and find resources to help you advocate with your community.

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Have a Prop. 39 Question? Ask Our CCSA Legal Experts!

As we continue the Prop. 39 application process, CCSA is offering “Office Hours” with our legal experts to answer questions from our applying members.

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CCSA Announces Our Key Achievements of 2011-12!

CCSA has actively advocated in collaboration with our members for the success of charter public schools on multiple fronts, including strengthening the rights of charter schools under Prop. 39, securing new facility options and defeating legislation that would hamper the growth of charter schools.

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Presentations from LA Regional Meeting on Oct. 2

Download the full presentation from the LA Regional meeting, including the presentation on your Prop. 39 options!

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CCSA Launches Improved Google Powered" Website Search!

Improved search is here! You spoke and we listened!

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Full Agenda and Important Parking Information for LA Regional Meeting on Oct. 2

Regional Charter Leaders Meetings are right around the corner. Our LA meeting is packed with great break-out sessions on everything from Common Core to Cash Flow, Special Education to Proposition 39. RSVP today!

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Looking for Learning and Leadership Opportunities?

Working in the charter school sector has some unique challenges and opportunities. That’s why several graduate schools and organizations have created degrees, fellowships and programs targeted specifically at educators from charter schools.

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Oct. 3: Free Employment Law Seminar: Disability Leaves and Accommodations For Charter Schools

Procopio is hosting a free seminar for charter schools on employment law in Los Angeles - RSVP today to secure a spot.

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External Opportunity: Teaching Policy Fellowship

Teach Plus is working to develop an intellectual community of solutions-oriented teachers interested in engaging in conversation about issues related to the teaching profession and providing feedback and ideas to policy leaders. Are you interested in being a part? Apply by Oct. 21!

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External Opportunity: LA Charter Leaders Could Join School Leaders Network for Free

We all know the power of collaboration and the importance of having a chance to share experiences and best practices with fellow educators. Fill out this short survey today for the chance to take advantage of LA’s principal support network - for free!

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PCSGP and CBEDS Consultation Time Available

CCSA’s Knowledge Management Team will be offering one-hour consultations for any member charter school that has questions on how to complete the CBEDS forms or PCSGP applications

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Learn about your LAUSD SELPA Options at the Oct. 2 Regional Meeting

Groundbreaking changes are taking place in Los Angeles charter schools in the area of special education. To make an informed decision about your new special education arrangements, all charter schools are strongly encouraged to attend the Los Angeles Area Charter Leaders Meeting.

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Business Managers' Meetings Kick Off Sept. 25

Questions on the new budget proposal and how the state’s financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA’s Business Managers meetings! This webinar will be offered on four different days for your convenience.

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Fellowship for School Developers - Apply by Sept. 15!

Building Excellent Schools is looking for entrepreneurial individuals from education, law, policy and/or business to design, found, lead, and sustain schools in underserved communities. Apply today!

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Join us for our Fall Regional Meeting!

Please save the date to join us at our upcoming Regional Meeting. This is your opportunity to engage with CCSA staff and your colleagues around policy and advocacy issues that are impacting you the most.

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Sept. 5: LAUSD Special Education Options Open House

LAUSD-authorized charter schools are invited to learn more about their SELPA options, including the “Charter Operated Programs” (Option 3).

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New Member Publication: California Charter Schools Buyers' Guide

The 2012-2013 California Charter Schools Buyers’ Guide is one of many resources available to help you operate a high-quality charter school. This brand new publication focuses on best practices in purchasing and procurement and ways to cut costs, and it also contains a complete listing of CCSA Vendor Members.

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Revamped Spanish Language Content On CCSA Website

CCSA’s Spanish language website content has been updated and expanded.

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CCSA's annual Fall Data Campaign (FDC)

A data-driven membership and professional organization, CCSA is now in the midst of this vital project, which collects movement-critical information from every single charter school in the state. That is more than 1,000 schools this year!

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20th Anniversary Toolkit

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Get involved in the 20th anniversary of the charter schools movement in California! Communications Toolkit has information, templates, and ideas of how your charter can celebrate.

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Call for Charter Schools Program Peer Reviewers

Be a peer reviewer! This new grant program is designed to encourage high-quality charter schools to partner with non-chartered public schools and non-chartered LEAs to share and transfer best educational and operational practices.

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External Opportunity: Bring "First Generation" to Your School

A new documentary follows the journey of four high school students as they navigate the road to college as the first in their families to go to college. The filmmakers are screening the film at schools and community centers to spark a community dialogue and help first-generation students learn to navigate their way through the system.

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CCSA Launches 20th Anniversary Website

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This September marks 20 years quality, choice, and innovation in California’s public schools! To celebrate this milestone, CCSA recently launched a 20th anniversary-themed website.

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Teach Plus Workshops: How To Get Your Voice Heard

Teach Plus is offering two free workshops this summer for teachers on July 25 and August 1. Learn how to tell your story for impact and write op-eds and blog posts for publication!

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New Poll Shines Light on Teacher Satisfaction at Charters vs. Traditional Schools

What’s it like teaching in a charter school versus teaching in a traditional public school? How are teachers feeling? CCSA recently did a statewide poll of teachers to find out.

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See what you missed from CCSA's Renewal Webinars

Is your renewal coming up? Check out the presentations from our recent webinars.

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Important Update on Transitional Kindergarten for LA Charter Schools

Los Angeles charter schools recently received a letter from the LAUSD Charter Schools Division regarding Transitional Kindergarten. This informative is intended to help you respond to the letter and to understand the California Charter Schools Association’s reading of SB 1381.

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"Why are my teachers leaving?"

This week, Teach Plus released a new report featuring recommendations from charter teachers on how to increase teacher retention at charter schools. A must-read!

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Renewal Readiness Checklist

Are you ready for your renewal? CCSA’s first renewal webinar is June 14 - use our quick checklist to make sure you’re ready and can take maximum advantage!

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CCSA Data Collection: Driving Research, Advocacy and Service

Wondering what data requests CCSA makes of your school, and how we put the results to work?

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Are You Renewing this Year?

Over the past few years, an increasing number of charter schools across the state have faced difficulty when seeking initial authorization or renewal of their charters. Make sure you don’t by participating in our series of key renewal webinars this June!

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LA Regional Meeting Features Special Sessions on Budgeting and Fundraising

In response to member interest, our May 30 regional meeting is offering some in-depth sessions on these key topics - see more details including the presenters and don’t forget to register today!

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SF and Oakland Regional Meetings This Week

We look forward to seeing all San Francisco and Oakland Charter Leaders at our Spring Regional Meetings on May 15 and 16.

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Northern CA Charters Named among Top 100 US Schools!

A huge shout-out to the 10 charter schools in Northern California that made the list of U.S. News and World Report Top US Schools. Congratulations to the students, faculty and parents of these schools! We are proud of your accomplishments and hard work. See the list of honorees.

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CCSA's Legal Team Launches Web Library

The collection is a result of years monitoring court cases law and administrative actions which directly affect CCSA members and the charter school movement in general.

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CCSA is Hiring

At the California Charter Schools Association, employees have the goal of supporting member schools and the charter school movement more broadly. Keep reading to see a list of open positions!

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Concerned about Deferrals? New program for LA charters

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), in partnership with EdCapital Services, has launched a new working capital program for eligible charter schools in Los Angeles County. Informational webinars are coming up May 2 and 7 - register now!

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Celebrate National Charter Schools Week May 6-12, 2012

The 12th Annual National Charter Schools Week is around the corner. CCSA has resources to help you celebrate, and raise awareness on charter schools.

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May 30: LA Regional Meeting

Register today! The next regional meeting will have a focus on board governance issues and fundraising.

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Take Our Quick LA Regional Meeting Survey!

Members asked for more training on fundraising and board governance issues at the spring regional meeting. We heard you! Please take this 5-minute survey to tell us more so we can tailor our spring regional meeting to your needs!

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CCSA's California Charter Building Fund Helps Equitas Get a New Home

CCSA’s California Charter Building Fund (CCBF) has helped member charter schools of all sizes obtain financing to purchase, construct or renovate facilities.

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April 26: External Opportunity, Free Special Ed Webinar

Cross & Joftus is offering a free webinar for charter school educators on how to develop a systems approach to special education. The webinar will highlight successful collaborations and best practices from across the country, including Los Angeles.

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April 27: Free Governance Academy in San Diego

This is the workshop charter school board members DON’T want to miss! Find out everything you need to know to be a responsible steward of your school from the Brown Act to financial and academic oversight.

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April 25: Free Governance Academy in the Bay Area

This is the workshop charter school board members DON’T want to miss! Find out everything you need to know to be a responsible steward of your school from the Brown Act to financial and academic oversight.

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April 19: Free Governance Workshop in Sacramento

This is the workshop charter school board members DON’T want to miss! Find out everything you need to know to be a responsible steward of your school from the Brown Act to financial and academic oversight.

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Don't Miss our Free Governance Academies!

This intensive workshop is a must for board members and school leaders alike, giving you all the key information you need to be an effective steward.

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Check Out the New and Improved Families That Can Website!

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We are excited to announce that we have relaunched the Families That Can website which is designed to better serve our members and parent advocates. Check it out!

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External Opportunity: Low-cost Summer Camp

Do you know a child who would benefit from attending an outdoor camp this summer? Camp Max Straus in Glendale serves children ages 7-12, offering a low-cost program and financial aid.

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March 29: Finance Academy Webinar

Can’t make our once-yearly Finance Academy in person? The Sacramento session on March 29 will also be streamed live as a webinar. Register today to get the log-in info!

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Welcome to Matt Bragman!

Matt Bragman recently joined CCSA as the School Development Manager for the Los Angeles region. Matt will be supporting individuals and groups that are interested in developing new schools in the area.

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Welcome to Sam Gelinas!

Sam Gelinas recently joined CCSA as the Special Projects Manager for the School Development and Support team and will be based out of the Los Angeles office.

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Stay Connected to Our Charter Community

It is important that we share our innovations and successes with one another. Find out ways to share, and ways to stay in the know.

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Environmental Charter High School Nominated for Green Ribbon School Award

ECHS in Lawndale is one of just four California schools nominated for the Inaugural Green Ribbon Awards, out of 49 applicants. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the honor at a press conference at the school earlier this week.

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Changes in LACOE's STRS Reporting Deadline Cause Pain for Many Charters

Beginning February 1, LACOE moved its STRS reporting deadline up by ten days, drastically reducing the amount of time charter operators and back office providers have to process and submit payments for STRS submissions. CCSA is working to see if this deadline could be extended.

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Why Charter Parents MUST Speak Out

K.W. Tulloss, a charter parent and organizer with Families That Can, saw first-hand the importance of advocacy work when his child’s school was recently up for renewal and ran into some political challenges that put the school’s future in jeopardy.

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Odyssey Charter School Teacher Nominated in the "Great American Teach Off"

Ten inspiring teachers are competing for one $10,000 classroom grant and it’s up to you to decide who will win. Visit GOOD magazine today to vote for Daryl Bilandzija of Odyssey Charter School in Altadena!

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April 3: Intensive Finance Academy in San Bernardino

Got questions about charter school finances? Don’t miss CCSA’s 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year!

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March 29: Intensive Finance Academy in Sacramento

Got questions about charter school finances? Don’t miss CCSA’s 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year!

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Welcome John Glover as new Member Council Representative for Region 4!

John has experience throughout the Bay Area charter community with a focus on Oakland and now San Jose, and we are very excited to welcome him to this role.

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96% of Members Consider Winter Regional Meetings "High Quality"

As you may have heard, CCSA introduced some changes to this most recent round of regional meetings…

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Help Shape Your Annual Conference: Take the Satisfaction Survey

Did you attend the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento? If you have not yet filled out our satisfaction survey, please do so today!

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March 27: Intensive Finance Academy in Hayward

Got questions about charter school finances? Don’t miss CCSA’s 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year! This workshop will assist charter schools and developers in all phases of financial management and is designed for schools that are working toward long-term sustainability.

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March 21: Intensive Finance Academy in Los Angeles

Got questions about charter school finances? Don’t miss CCSA’s 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year! This workshop will assist charter schools and developers in all phases of financial management and is designed for schools that are working toward long-term sustainability.

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Don't Miss CCSA's Intensive, Once-Yearly Finance Academy!

Got questions about charter school finances? Don’t miss CCSA’s 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year! This workshop will assist charter schools and developers in all phases of financial management and is designed for schools that are working toward long-term sustainability

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Highlights From the 3rd Annual Charter Parent Summit

Sacramento was the perfect location for this year’s Annual Charter School Parent Summit as parents connected with each other and their elected officials and learned ways to continue to advocate and organize in their communities. About 150 parents attended this year’s Summit, representing schools from Los Angeles to Oakland to Sacramento.

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March 8: Special Educator Event in Los Angeles

Special educators are invited to a dinner and discussion coordinated by Educators for Excellence (E4E) focusing around opportunities for innovation and supporting students.

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May 30: Common Core Workshop with LACOE

Local charters are invited to a one-day training on Common Core State Standards at the LACOE office in Downey. Register by May 16 to participate!

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Your First Look at 2012 Conference Highlights

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On Thursday we wrapped up the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, and I wanted to take a minute to thank those of you who attended for your energy and engagement through the sessions, and for your participation in the Charter School Funding Equity Rally at the Capitol.

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Welcome to our New LA Team Member!

I am excited to introduce our members to Marisa Quintanar, the newest Regional Director on the Los Angeles Advocacy team. Marisa, a former teacher, was first introduced to charter schools through her work at East LA Community Corporation and with HMC Architects. She has most recently been engaged in political and communications consulting work.

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Don't Miss LA Member Events at Conference!

We can’t wait to see many of you at the annual Charter Conference next week in Sacramento! We’re particularly excited to be in Sacramento this year and for the charter funding-equity rally on Wednesday. We’d like to highlight four events that might be of interest to LA members.

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One-Stop Shop For Charter School Fact Sheets

CCSA has created more than two dozen Fact Sheets on a variety of key charter school topics that are a great tool for schools to use in outreach to parents, elected representatives and the greater community. These are fully formatted to easily download and print and many are also available in Spanish!

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Being Proactive About Student Safety and Open Communication with Parents

A recent alleged sexual child abuse situation at a Los Angeles Unified school has many school leaders thinking about how to ensure they have strong systems in place to protect students and how to have an open conversation with their parents and a healthy environment. Chris Ferris, leader of Our Community School, decided to communicate proactively with her parents about these issues. We’re sharing the text of that letter as a resource for other school leaders.

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Feb. 27: Hands-on Tech Plan Writing and E-Rate Practice Workshop

Want some of the $2.27 BILLION E-Rate funding available annually to help your school’s technology program? Baffled about technology planning? Just opening? Don’t miss this workshop! You will actually write a draft technology plan over the course of the workshop with support every step of the way.

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Key Resources from the LA Regional Meeting

The LA Charter Leaders Meeting on January 26 featured great break-out sessions on the state budget, funding options, and special education, many of which highlighted key member resources. Get the info or find out what you missed!

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Feb. 27: FREE In-Depth PCSGP Workshop for Developers and First-year Schools

Are you thinking about applying for the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)? Don’t miss this unique chance to get all the information you need, including Q & A with staff from the California Department of Education (CDE) and a presentation from Middleton, Young and Minney on key legal issues. RSVP now for this day-long workshop!

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External Opportunity: Strengthen Your Governance with Training from the Experts

The High Bar is offering a new online training institute with courses developed exclusively for charter school boards, school leaders and senior staff of charter schools.

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Business Managers Meetings are Back!

Topics covered include: current funding rates, updates on proposed changes, information on state and federal categorical programs - plus legislative and regulatory updates.

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"Charters 101" Video - Now en Español

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Our English-language version of the “Charters 101” video was the most popular video of 2011. We’re pleased to now be able to offer a Spanish-language version of the video, as well!

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Families That Can hosts its first meeting for Parent Leaders/Coordinators

On Feb. 18, Families That Can hosted its first regional meeting specifically for Parent School Site Leaders with representatives from a dozen Los Angeles charter schools. FTC plans to offer these meetings on a quarterly basis to give parent leaders a chance to share best practices, access useful resources and get ideas for engaging their parents.

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LA Teachers: Get your classroom project funded today! Post now!

Beginning January 23, nearly 200 Los Angeles Starbucks stores will distribute 285,000 $10 DonorsChoose gift cards that parents and community members can use towards projects at the school of their choice. Post your classroom project today to get funded!

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External Opportunity: Feb. 2 Middle Grades Math Conference

Learn about how promising digital tools and resources are now available to help you strengthen teaching and learning in middle grades mathematics, and the policy changes that California must make to take advantage of these new opportunities.

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Jan. 20: You're Invited to a Reception Honoring Ana Ponce

Friends of charter schools of all ages are invited to a reception on Friday Jan. 20 honoring Ana Ponce, who was recently featured in Forbes magazine. Featuring a live DJ, yummy food, and great friends!

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Don't Miss the Fantastic Break-Out Sessions at the Upcoming LA Regional Meeting!

The upcoming regional meeting will feature experts from across CCSA leading break-out sessions on a variety of timely topics, based on member suggestions and feedback. See the full list of topics.

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Student Leaders Program Applications Due Jan. 25

Bank of America is accepting applications from high schoolers for their Student Leaders Program. Those chosen will attend an all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C and have a paid internship at a non-profit. Applications due Jan. 25!

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External Opportunity: Charter-friendly Fundraising Support

Several CCSA vendor members can help your school with fundraising — a great way to offset some of the impact of deferrals and state cuts.

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Jan. 19 Webinar: Best Practices and Compliancy for your School's Nonprofit

Focusing on pre-authorization, this webinar provides an introduction to the legal guidelines and best practices for designing a governance structure that will successfully sustain your school.

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Jan. 12 Webinar: Decoding the 16 Elements: Writing a Charter Petition

This webinar will help participants understand the required elements of a California charter school petition and the development process. This presentation provides an overview of the development process, breaks down the CDE regulations using everyday language and examples to provide developers with an outline of the topics that must defined in their charter petitions.

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Happy Holidays from CCSA

From all of us at CCSA, we would like to wish you, your colleagues, friends and family a safe and joyous holiday season as well as a happy new year. Thank you for all you do to make a profound difference in the lives of the nearly 412,000 students served by California charter schools.

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LAUSD Augmentation Grant Applications Due Jan. 13

LAUSD has sent out the RFP for its Charter Augmentation Grant Program, a key source of funding for charter facilities.

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Do You Work with a Great Vendor or Service Provider?

Do you work with a great vendor or outside service provider? Why not invite them to raise their visibility in the charter community as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference?

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Teacher Leadership in Charter Schools

One of the great things about charter schools is that public school teachers can take on a much greater role in the ownership, vision, operation, and leadership of a charter school than they can in a traditional public school. This is particularly valuable if a teacher is interested in “moving up” to a position of more responsibility within their school - but without having to totally leave the classroom.

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Dec. 8 Webinar: Charter School Funding for Developers

This webinar will cover information on charter school funding sources for developers, with an emphasis on state and federal categorical programs.

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Dec. 6 Webinar: Top 10 Things No One Tells You About Your New Charter School

This webinar will cover the most common challenges that new charter leaders face when launching their school, from authorizer relations to business services.

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$1500 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship Deadline is November 30, 2011

At our upcoming conference, CCSA will award five Susan Steelman Bragato scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to graduating high school seniors of CCSA member schools. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., so encourage your graduating seniors to apply now!

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$4 million Available for Classroom Projects in LA!

Have you always wanted computers, art supplies, telescopes, or funding for field trips for your students? The Wasserman Foundation has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to help fund up to $4 million in classroom projects in Los Angeles! Post your project ASAP to take advantage of these matching funds.

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CCSA Member Satisfaction Remains High

Each year CCSA asks charter school leaders to evaluate their membership. The feedback is an invaluable component to how we craft our work on behalf of the movement.

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Nov. 17 Webinar: Legal Requirements for Outreach, Admission and the Lottery

Charter school law is filled with apparent inconsistencies - on one hand, charter schools must admit all students who wish to attend, and on the other, it must describe its “admissions requirements” within its charter. This free webinar will delve into these and other legal “mysteries” regarding the student outreach and admissions process.

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Nov. 3 Webinar: Writing Your Education Program

CCSA offers online charter school development webinars on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget. This webinar focuses on the first three elements of your petition.

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Notice: Changes to Your Billing Cycle

To best serve the ever growing charter movement in California, CCSA is transitioning to a new billing date for all Charter, Support, and Vendor members.

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External Opportunity: Free Grantwriting (10/28 deadline)

Resource Associates offers a fantastic (and free!) grant writing assistance program. They can help your charter school apply for “California 21st Century Community Learning Centers” (CCLC), but you must contact them this week.

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Great Schools Require Great Leaders

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Do you know someone who is interested in starting a charter school? Be sure to direct them to this video, now playing on the CCSA website and YouTube Channel.

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Environmental Charter needs your votes!

Environmental Charter High School in Gardena is one of three groups being considered for funding through the CBS Posivity Project. They need your votes in support of their solar project!

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Key Concerns with New LAUSD Prop. 39 Request Form

CCSA’s legal team has reviewed LAUSD’s new facilities request form and we want to alert you to some key concerns, as well as provide a template cover letter.

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We need to hear from you this week!

Just 46% of LA-area schools have completed the School Leader Survey so far- let’s hit 100%! This annual survey collects critical school-level data that CCSA uses to guide our advocacy in the coming year.

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LA Regional Meeting Presentation (Oct. 11, 2011)

The full presentation from the LA Regional Charter Leaders Meeting at Vaughn Learning Center

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Don't miss Governance Training this week!

This intensive workshop led by experts and legal attorneys gives school leaders and their board members all the info they need to be effective stewards.

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CCSA Fall School Visits Underway in the Inland Empire

Steven Holguin, CCSA’s Regional Director for the San Bernardino and Riverside County Region, is currently scheduling and visiting ALL the member schools within the region.

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Protecting Your Career: Why Teachers Need Liability Insurance

In today’s litigious society you can never be too careful. No matter how insulated you think you may be from harm, or the close-knit your community you teach in, misunderstandings, accusations, and accidents are common when working with some else’s children.

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Oct. 19: Free Training for Charter School Board Members in Los Angeles

Make sure your board members don’t miss CCSA’s four-hour intensive governance training being offered here in LA on Oct. 19! From governance best practices to legal policy and ethics, this training has the info you need to be a good steward of your school.

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Getting to Know You

Autumn leaves mean it’s time for our Fall Member Survey! We are looking for information that is absolutely critical for us to effectively advocate for your school, our region, and the Movement at large.

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Non-Union Educator Group Supports California Charters

See how your teachers can benefit from the quality professional benefits offered by AAE.

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Register now for the LA Regional Meeting, Oct. 11

The Los Angeles Regional Charter Leaders meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in San Fernando. Look forward to networking and key updates on local issues - we want to hear from you!

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This Friday, October 7 is the Conference Call for Presentation Deadline!

Have you submitted a proposal yet to present a breakout session at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference? If not, time is running out!

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Nominate Your Star Teacher or Volunteer Today!

Do you have a teacher on staff that models best practices in the classroom every day? Take a moment to nominate them for recognition at the Annual Conference.

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School Development Webinars Coming Up Soon

CCSA is offering several workshops for school developers in October including: “State Budget Update,” “The 16 (plus) Elements of a Charter” and “Building your School’s Founding Team.”

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California Department of Education (CDE): Opportunities for Schools and Students

The CDE website has important information for charter schools on the Charter 20 Day Attendance Report for new and growing charter schools, Tobacco-Use Prevention Education funding, and recruitment for the State Board of Education’s 2012-13 Student Board Member.

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Opportunity to Shape YOUR Charter Schools Conference

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Two important deadlines fall on Friday October 7. It is the last day to sign up for for the Conference Programming Committee, and the last day of the conference Call for Presentations.

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Sept. 19: Charter Employee Services 101 Webinar

Have questions about professional liability insurance? Want to know who you should call if you have a problem? Take full advantage of your Charter Employee Services (CES) benefits plan by attending a quick and user-friendly 45-minute webinar!

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$500 Scholarships and Classroom Grants Available--October 1 Deadline!

The Association of American Educators, CCSA’s partner in providing Charter Employee Services to CCSA member schools is offering teacher scholarships and classroom grants of up to $500.

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Sept. 21: Measuring What Matters: High Quality Survey Resources For Schools

Attend a webinar to learn about three survey resources for our member schools to survey students, parents and staff - and get at measures that are often hard for schools to quantify.

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Spread the Word: Parents Can Now Apply for Healthy Families Online!

Californians can now apply for health coverage for their children in as little as 30 minutes, using the new online application for Healthy Families. Get the word out to your parents with free handouts and posters.

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Educators at High-performing Schools Eligible for Rewards

Does your school serve more than 30% FRL and have great results? Your teachers could be eligible for $3,000-4,000 incentive reward for sharing their best practices through EPIC. Applications due Sept. 30.

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CCSA Launches Daily News Clips Web Page

News clips about important charter school and education issues in California are now available on our website.

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External Opportunity: Free Schoolzilla Data Tool

Aspire Public Schools is launching a brand new, free tool for Data Heroes in schools across California.

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Summer Registration Special Deadline is Friday, Sept. 9

There are just a few more days for you to take advantage of the best deal you will be able to get all year on registration for the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

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Sept. 7 & 29: Charter Employee Services 101

Attend a quick, 45 minute webinar on Charter Employee Services and be entered into a drawing to receive a scholarship to cover full registration to the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento!

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Member Discount: Parent Notification System

Start the new school year off right by letting CCSA vendor member SchoolReach help you improve communications, improve achievement, and go green.

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Join the Conference Programming Committee

Do you love the conference but wish YOU could have a hand in selecting the sessions? Here is your opportunity!

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Member Discount: 15% Off Online Language Program

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Build an online World Language program with Middlebury Interactive Languages this fall for your school or district and MIL will discount your order by 15%!

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Financial Management Resources Help Members Prepare for Shifting Cash Flow Situations

CCSA offers a number of resources to help member schools implement the principals of sound financial management as concerns are raised about the optimistic projections for state revenues assumed in the approved budget.

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Download the "Back to School Checklist"

The beginning of the school year can be hectic, but it’s also an important time to review and update vital information. The Association’s “Back to School Checklist” contains information schools should consider as they prepare to open for a new school year.

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Get 100% Participation from Your Staff in Membership

Take advantage of all aspects of your CCSA membership as you gear up for the 2011-12 school year!

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External Resource: Free Teacher Professional Development

Teachers! Take advantage of this online resource: planning guides and actionable research delivered to your inbox!

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19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Call for Presentations

Answer the call! Submit your proposal for the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, and take advantage of our “summer special” registration rate, now!

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Introducing the CCSA Members Blog!

We know how important timely information is to charter schools, so we’ve created a new blog, just for members. Here are some tips to get you started.

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How to: Set Your Default "Region Page"

Save yourself a click! Did you know you it is easy to make a default regional selection on ccsa.org? It’s easy. Here’s how to do it.

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Improving Special Education Services through a Bay Area JPA

Charter leaders throughout the Bay Area are exploring how to create a Bay Area Special Education Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to mitigate the challenges that many schools are facing with special education service delivery.

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Working Capital Lines of Credit

One of CCSA’s partners in the financial sector, the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), has stepped up to help address the painful state payment delays impacting our members.

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Take Advantage of our Summer Special on Conference Registration

CCSA is offering a rock bottom flat rate of just $250 for Association members who register for the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference by Friday, September 9, 2011. This rate is $125 less than the Super Early Bird Registration Rate, which is normally the best deal you can receive.

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Member Discount: 20% savings on Microsoft Software

Learn about Microsoft’s commitment to supporting California charter schools and how CCSA members can can save up to 20% on Microsoft software licenses and up to 70% for personal use for students and staff!

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External Opportunity: Visit CCSA Vendor Members @ NCSC11

Will you be in Atlanta for the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference this week? Be sure to swing by the exhibit hall to meet some CCSA vendor members. For instance, meet up with the friendly folks from Hertz Furniture who are raffling off a trip to Hawaii!

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