Regions: Los Angeles Region

LA Charter Schools' Back to School Night: Watch the LA Galaxy vs. Atlanta United FC on April 21

LA charter schools are invited to see the LA Galaxy soccer team play against Atlanta United FC on April 21 for Charter School’s Back to School Night.

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Reminder - Reserve Your Tickets for Charter School Night with the LA Clippers

Charter schools across Los Angeles are invited to attend the 4th Annual Charter School Night on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Staples Center as the LA Clippers take on the Toronto Raptors. Sign up here.

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Grant Opportunity for Teachers: Recreational Reading Mini Grant

The Recreational Reading Mini-Grant (RRMG) provides PreK-5th Grade teachers in Los Angeles County the opportunity to apply for $1,000 worth of books for their classroom libraries. Submissions are due November 17th by midnight. Learn more and apply here.

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New Report: Charter Schools in LAUSD Charter Operated Program (Option 3) Enrolling More Students with Severe Disabilities, Closing Special Education Achievement Gap

In 2011, LAUSD and charter schools created the Charter Operated Program: Option 3 (COP3), offering charters flexibility and autonomy while maintaining their participation in the LAUSD SELPA. Learn how the COP3 has enabled participating charter schools to expand the range of services offered to students with special needs, increasing enrollment and education outcomes.

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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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Regional Meetings for SoCal and Bay Area Schools to Improve Community Engagement Programs

The National Network of Schools in Partnership, a non-profit organization working to help schools install, improve and enhance community engagement and partnership programs, is offering SoCal and Bay Area charter schools the opportunity to learn best practices on how to increase their reciprocal, meaningful and sustainable community engagement programs.

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Local Elections: Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow!

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

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

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

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California Credit Union Scholarship for LA County Students! Deadline is March 18

California Credit Union will award 10 scholarships for $1,000 each to local Los Angeles County students. Apply by March 18.

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Help Choose the Next L.A. Superintendent

Content to share with your school community to help them weigh in on the search for LAUSD’s next superintendent.

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Granada Hills Charter High School Special Education Department Featured in LA Parent

Granada Hills Charter High School Special Education Department was recently featured in a news article published by LA Parent.

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Seminars: How to Better Engage Parents

L.A. members: If you want to learn strategies for how to increase parent involvement in your classroom and your school, attend one of two seminars in February hosted by Families in Schools.

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CCSA Calls for LAUSD Transparency on Magnolia Schools

CCSA calls on L.A. Unified to be transparent, and to adhere to the recent judge’s ruling, as it seeks to close two high-performing Magnolia schools.

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Green Dot High Schools Named Among Best in Nation

Five L.A. high schools run by Green Dot Public Schools are among the best in the nation at preparing students for college, according to Newsweek.

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LAUSD Board District 1 Special Election Update

The LAUSD Board District 1 Special Election runoff is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 12. The runoff is between George McKenna and Alex Johnson. This is a crucial election for one of seven seats on the school board, and the stakes are…

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Nominate Teachers to Present at or Attend ECET2-Los Angeles!

What could happen if the most dynamic and effective teachers across Los Angeles shared the secrets of their success with 300 other educators? We need teachers with the best ideas for working with kids, developing collaborative relationships, and giving teachers more say in policies and politics. Submit a proposal to present your best ideas at ECET2-LA, a free, teacher-led professional development!

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Highlights from the LAUSD Board District 1 Candidate Forum

CCSA Families had a strong turnout for its LAUSD Board District 1 Candidate Forum, held Wednesday evening. Charter school leaders, parents and teachers came together as candidates vying for Board District 1 addressed the issues affecting the charter school community.

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External Opportunity: Gently Used Books for Charter Schools

BookEnds just received a donation of 65,000 gently used books from a corporate sponsor. They are eager to get these books into the hands of Los Angeles children and families prior to June 1.

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LAUSD Authorizer Overreach Response Strategy

Initial discussion with charter leaders on strategy and collective action in response to LAUSD’s overreaching oversight practices.

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Charter School Day with the Los Angeles Dodgers - Respond by Friday, March 28!

EdTec and the Dodgers have partnered to designate Saturday, May 31 as the first ever L.A. Dodgers Charter School Day.

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Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training for Charter Schools in LAUSD SELPA

Register Today! The LAUSD SELPA will be hosting a two-day training on Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) for Charter Schools in LAUSD SELPA.

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Adapting Lessons for Students with IEPs Workshop on March 28

The Charter Operated Programs will be hosting a free workshop called Adapting Lessons for Students with IEPs.

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Strategic Alternatives to Suspension Workshop Part II on March 25

If your school needs assistance with strategic alternatives to suspension, this training is not to be missed.

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LAUSD MiSiS Survey Responses Requested by Feb. 21

CCSA encourages you to complete the recent survey from LAUSD about your current student information systems.

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Strategic Alternatives to Suspension Workshop Part II - February 28

If your school needs assistance with strategic alternatives to suspension this is the workshop for you! Attendees will learn about SWPBIS and the LAUSD Foundation Policy, developing a Progress Monitoring Action plan and developing appropriate and strategic alternatives to suspensions that fit the culture of your charter.

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LAUSD Authorized Schools: Form 700 Filing Deadline - March 21

If you are an LAUSD authorized charter school, learn more information regarding the filing of Form 700.

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Spread the Word about Exciting LA College-Readiness Report

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CCSA has released a new report on Los Angeles public high schools which shows that charter schools surpass traditional district schools in graduating college-ready students of all backgrounds.

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Just Around the Corner: Finance Academy Part One

This in-person workshop, offered in the Bay Area, the Central Valley and Los Angeles, will assist charter schools that are engaged in the strategic planning process work toward long-term sustainability.

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Feb. 24 - Finance Academy: Part One in Los Angeles

This in-person workshop is geared towards new charter schools, school leaders and board members, including those working with business service providers.

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Lunch & Learn: Board Member Recruitment & Training - Los Angeles

Join us for the session, “Leveraging Networks and Strengthening Supports,” coordinated by your Regional Director and offered by CCSA Vendor Member, ExED.

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Introducing the Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion

The Environmental Learning Center is a new, free facility operated by the City of Los Angeles for middle school students and up.

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Finance Academy: Part One Coming Soon!

This in-person workshop, offered in the Bay Area, the Central Valley and Los Angeles, will assist charter schools that are engaged in the strategic planning process work toward long-term sustainability.

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External Opportunity: Feb. 8: "Opening a New Charter School" Keynote & Panel at LMU

RSVP by Jan. 31 for a special event featuring a panel of experts who will discuss the step-by-step process of opening a charter school.

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Applications Due Feb. 2 for Teacher Advocacy Fellowship

Have you ever looked at something in California’s education system and thought: Who made this decision? Why does this policy exist? What were they thinking?

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Jan. 24: LAUSD Special Education Open House

Join CCSA and LAUSD staff for an event with key updates on special education and a chance to learn about resources to help your school.

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LAUSD Board Will Appoint Interim Non-voting Caretaker for Board District 1

On January 14, the LAUSD Board of Education voted to appoint an interim, non-voting caretaker to fill the vacancy in Board District 1 created by the passing of former Board member Marguerite LaMotte.

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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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Last chance: Apply for 21st Century afterschool grants by Dec. 12

Youth Policy Institute, a Los Angeles non-profit that currently runs after-school programs at several charters, can work with your school and apply as the lead agency for the grant.

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Charter Leaders Connect with Senate Education Chair Carol Liu

Representatives from diverse charter schools across Los Angeles recently had the opportunity to have a deep and thoughtful discussion with Senator Carol Liu (D - Pasadena), who plays an important leadership role in the Legislature. A two-hour conversation touched on issues from SB 740 funding to charter-district collaboration, teachers unions and Code 1090.

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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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Free Training in Los Angeles on Charter School Best Practices Project

The California Department of Education is offering a free training session in Los Angeles County for educators to learn strategies for using the new Charter Schools Best Practices Project, a new initiative to strengthen charter schools across the state by providing teachers and administrators access to hundreds of online resources to aid their work.

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Parent Empowerment Act Webinar - November 21!

Learn about the Parent Empowerment Act and how parents can organize and advocate for a quality education.

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Nov 21: Funding Charter School Facilities Workshop - in Santa Ana

Learn How to Access Resources and Prepare for the Future! The workshop will include updates from key state agencies on charter school financing options and state oversight.

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Apply for 21st Century afterschool grants by Dec. 12

Youth Policy Institute, a Los Angeles non-profit that currently runs after-school programs at several charters, can work with your school and apply as the lead agency for the grant.

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External Opportunity: FREE Symposium on Common Core Standards and Technology: San Jose & Los Angeles

Join education leaders in either San Jose or Los Angeles for a one-day event focused on effective integration of technology into instruction to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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Letter in Support of Superintendent Deasy

We are tracking the news on Dr. Deasy closely. While he has not submitted a letter of resignation, our understanding is that the Board’s closed session discussion on his contract on Tuesday will likely determine whether he is staying at the district beyond February.

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LAUSD Responds to Charter Concerns on the School Performance Framework (SPF)

Superintendent Deasy and LAUSD responded to the charter community’s concerns regarding the School Performance Framework (SPF) and its application to charter schools. Read their full letter.

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External Opportunity: Celebrate First-ever LA Walk to School Day on Oct. 9

National Walk to School Day is October 9 and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has partnered with local public schools to promote the first ever citywide Walk to School Day events.

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LA Parents Call in to Radio Show with Diane Ravitch to Bust Charter Myths

Diane Ravitch recently came to LA to promote her new book which has lots of negative misinformation about charter schools. The charter school community rallied quickly to respond on the radio!

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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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Progressive Education Network (PEN) Conference Oct-10-12 in LA

Charter school educators can receive a public school employee discount of 25% for the event, which includes some great speakers and more than 90 workshops.

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Bright Star Schools Expands to the San Fernando Valley

Bright Star Schools is proud to formally announce a merger with Valor Academy Charter School. Both organizations have made the decision to combine forces in order to grow their impact in Los Angeles. Learn more and read the full press release.

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New Report on LAUSD's Special Education Reorganization Shows Promising Results

Read about the progress to date in this detailed report on the first year of the program.

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Apply to Alchemy Leadership Seminar by Aug. 31

Applications are now being accepted for Alchemy Leadership Seminar, the Annenberg Foundation’s free three-day capacity building training for non-profit leaders. The program is open to charter school leaders from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Applications received by August 31 will be given priority.

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Aug. 27: "Rafe Esquith's real talk for real teachers" Hosted by KPCC

LA teachers are invited to a free event featuring Rafe Esquith, author of “Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” Esquith has seen it all in thirty-plus years in the classroom, and has written several books, including the widely praised “Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire.”

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Public Records Act (PRA) Requests to Schools in Los Angeles

We have heard from a handful of schools located in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) who have received requests from the AFL-CIO under the Public Records Act. If you have received one, please email Marisa Quintanar.

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Aug. 17: CSU Super Saturday in Los Angeles

Middle and high school students, parents, families and friends are invited to a free event with workshops, information and more. This is a great opportunity for your families!

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E4E Teachers Release White Paper on Redesigning Classrooms and Careers

Read the paper and invite E4E to your school for an interactive presentation on this topic. The teachers recently presented their information to LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.

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External Opportunity: May 8 Webinar "Bully Prevention: Responding to Bullying and Building a Culture of Kindness in Schools"

Project Suicide Prevention Intervention Now (SPIN) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) have partnered to offer a free webinar for dministrators, teachers, mental health personnel, and after-school personnel.

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May 2: District 6 Candidate Forum for Teachers

Teach Plus is hosting a free candidate forum open to all teachers - a great opportunity to meet the two candidates to represent the San Fernando Valley and to network with both charter and district teachers.

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May 1: Common Core Implementation Workshop

Questions about Common Core implementation? Don’t miss this in-person workshop presented by The Center for College & Career Readiness, in partnership with the California Charter Schools Association.

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LAUSD Elections Tool Kit

See a map and access printable handouts and templates you can use to engage your parents and school staff around the upcoming LAUSD election on May 21. All materials are non-partisan and appropriate for use on your school campus.

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Students Can Submit Films to the Burbank Film Festival

Students can submit their films to the Burbank International Film Festival free of cost - submit by May 31 for consideration! Top films will be screened at the festival.

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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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External Opportunity: TEDxLoyolaMarymountU - Better Together (April 6)

The charter school community is invited to apply to attend this TEDx event. Event organizers saw the need to bring thought leaders from various industries to share multi-disciplinary perspectives on ideas and challenges relevant to education.

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March 6: Join Discussion on a Regional STEM HUB for Los Angeles

The LA Chamber of Commerce is developing a regional STEM hub, which will kick off at a STEM Workforce Seminar in conjunction with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) on March 6. Local charter schools are invited to participate.

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Feb. 16: March for Educational Equality in LA!

Educators and parents from both charter schools and traditional district schools will “March as One” on Feb. 16 to ask mayoral and LAUSD board candidates to support educational equality. The event is coordinated by LA teachers in partnership with several community groups. Join us!

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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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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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New Partnership Between District-run Special Ed Center and LA Charter School

We are excited to announce a brand new partnership that launched Jan. 10 between Granada Hills Charter High School and Leichman Special Education Center which is run by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

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Guided Language Acquisition Design Training in LA this January

Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is hosting an upcoming Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) Tier I Training for educators at its school.

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Update: CCSA v. LAUSD (Prop. 39 Litigation)

On December 7, 2012, the California Court of Appeal issued a brief decision in CCSA’s Prop. 39 litigation against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In an unpublished opinion, the court upheld LAUSD’s use of “norming ratios” when assigning classrooms to charter schools, finding that the practice is “consistent with the intent of Proposition 39.” This court decision is limited and only applies to the unique facts of LAUSD.

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Prop. 39 Over-Allocation Resolution Amended; Implementation Beginning in 2013-14

The LAUSD resolution that threatened to impose financial penalties on nine schools with Prop 39 facilities that were under-enrolled in 2011-12 was amended and delayed for implementation until the 2013-14 school year.

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Dec. 10: LAUSD Charter Schools Open House: Options for Special Education Programs and Services

Effective July 2013, all LAUSD-authorized charter schools will be required to select one of three new special education arrangements.

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Dec. 10: LAUSD Charter Schools Open House: Options for Special Education Programs and Services

Effective July 2013, all LAUSD-authorized charter schools will be required to select one of three new special education arrangements. Charter school administrators and staff are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about these options.

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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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Update in CCSA v. LAUSD Prop 39 Facilities Equity Case

CCSA filed a motion in its ongoing case against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that challenged LAUSD’s compliance with Prop. 39, the state law that requires school districts to share facilities with charter schools. The briefing in the case is complete and the Court of Appeal has scheduled argument in the matter on November 28, 2012.

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Nov. 8: Free Event - "How Can LA Charter Schools Keep Their Best Teachers?"

LA charter leaders and teachers are invited to a Teach Plus event focusing on teacher retention. This is a unique opportunity to connect with other charter schools to discuss their concerns and best practices regarding teacher retention at your school sites. Teach Plus recently released a white paper on how charter schools can improve teacher retention.

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Oct. 26: You're invited to special City Council ceremony honoring charter schools

On Friday, Oct. 26, LA Councilwoman Jan Perry will be issuing a proclamation honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Charter School Movement.

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Zimmer Update - Call this Tuesday Oct. 23

LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer’s resolution is up for vote on Tuesday, Nov. 13 (right after Veteran’s Day) and we are coordinating a major parent rally in opposition in front of LAUSD. Save the date!

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External Opportunity: Oct. 29: "Do Unions Drive or Restrain Student Success?" with UTLA's Warren Fletcher

Warren Fletcher, President of UTLA, will join a free Education Salon put on by the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) to discuss this complex question with several other panelists.

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Who is my LAUSD board member?

Not sure which LAUSD board member represents your school? Find out here!

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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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Welcome to Roy Cervantes!

Roy has taken on the role of Los Angeles Regional Director and will work very closely with all charter schools authorized by LAUSD.

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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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Major Rally at LAUSD Oct. 9! Planning call on Oct. 3

The charter school community will be out in force for the Oct. 9 LAUSD board meeting. Read the latest updates and use our easy tool kit to spread the word.

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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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External Opportunity: Riordan Foundation Grant Awareness Sessions

These sessions seek to inform eligible schools about upcoming Riordan Foundation grant opportunities and their application processes.

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250+ Charter Parents Come Out to Oppose Steve Zimmer's Resolution

We had a incredible turnout from parents at the Sept. 11 board meeting. Read the full account!

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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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Applying for Prop. 39? Don't miss Oct. 2 LA Regional Meeting!

We know Prop 39 can sometimes be a challenge, but don’t worry! We have a break out session at the regional meeting on October 2 designed to make the process a little easier.

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CCSA's Legal Counsel Submits a Formal Response to Board Member Zimmer's Resolution

CCSA’s General Counsel issued a letter on Friday to LAUSD’s General Counsel, expressing concerns with the legality of Board Member Zimmer’s resolution and asking that the Board delay its consideration of the Resolution until CCSA’s concerns can be addressed.

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Zimmer Introduces Resolution to Stop All Charter Growth in LAUSD

This week, LAUSD Boardmember Steve Zimmer introduced a resolution to postpone the approval of all new charter petitions. The resolution also would establish a new oversight committee and requires that all charters adopt ISIS by January 1, 2013. Get out the word to your parents and join us at the Sept. 11 meeting!

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Sept. 13: You're invited - A Conversation with Supt. Deasy

Charter school teachers in Los Angeles are invited to a a conversation and reception with current LAUSD Superintendent, Dr. John Deasy hosted by Teach Plus.

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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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Aug. 18: External Opportunity: Building Our Economy Through Education Technology

Teachers and educators get in free at an upcoming half-day conference on education technology in Los Angeles!

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You're Invited: July 13, "Celebrating 10 Years of Education Reform"

The Los Angeles charter school community is invited to an event celebrating LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia on Friday.

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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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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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June 26: Ventura/Santa Barbara/ San Luis Obispo Spring Charter Leader Regional Meeting Webinar

Please register today for the Spring Charter Leader Regional Meeting Webinar

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Many Thanks for Attending the Los Angeles Spring Regional Meeting!

Presentations given at the meeting are included below.

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Big Wins for Westchester and Pasadena!

We are happy to congratulate two schools on their charter approvals!

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External Opportunity: May 30: Pro-Union, Pro-Reform Discussion

Local educators are invited to a discussion hosted by Educators 4 Excellence on Wednesday, May 30.

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CCSA files motion in its Prop. 39 case against LAUSD challenging LAUSD's classroom space allocation to charter schools.

CCSA requests that the court order LAUSD to re-calculate the number of classrooms allocated to charter schools under Prop. 39 using the method required by the regulations.

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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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June 2: Best Practices Conference for Co-Located Schools

LAUSD’s Office of Support and Intervention is hosting a Best Practices Conference for Co-Located Schools on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Do you have insights to share? LAUSD is current seeking speakers to share best practices.

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CCSA Announces Changes to the LA Advocacy Team

Allison Bajracharya has been promoted to Vice President of Regional Advocacy and Corri Ravare is being promoted to head the LA Advocacy Team, in addition to her current responsibilities as Executive Director for Families That Can.

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May 16: Teacher Town Hall with Mayor Villaraigosa

Teachers and educators from the charter school community are invited May 16 to a town hall forum hosted by Teach Plus.

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Congrats to Granada Hills on Nat'l Academic Decathlon Win!

We couldn’t be prouder of the students from Granada Hills Charter High School’s Academic Decathlon team who cinched the national title this weekend!

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May 3: LACOE Charter School Support Services Roundtable

CCSA will host a roundtable meeting to review and discuss LACOE’s Charter School Support Fees

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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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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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Supt. Deasy Tells District Staff To Stop Hostility Around Proposed Co-Locations

CCSA has been made aware of some recent instances of hostility by District staff and students towards charter schools which have been offered co-locations at LAUSD facilities. Supt. Deasy wrote a letter this week telling staff to stop this behavior.

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Jardin de Infancia Renewed by LACOE

On Tuesday, April 10, Jardin de la Infancia’s renewal petition was unanimously approved by the LA County Office of Education board. A BIG congratulations to Jardin!

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Gertz-Ressler High School Wins National Blue Ribbon Award

Congrats to the staff and students at Alliance College-Ready Public School’s Gertz-Ressler High on this huge honor! Check out the story on our News Blog.

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April 23: Free Governance Academy in Los Angeles

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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Parents Tell Bennett Kayser: "Stop Attacking Charters!"

LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser announced he wouldn’t support anything charter-related, Families That Can immediately put out an action alert. Parents responded in force and have already sent more than 300 emails.

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Have you received your final Prop. 39 offer?

On April 1, districts were required to provide charter schools who requested district facilities under Proposition 39, final notifications. If you have not received a final notification, CCSA recommends that you follow up with a letter requesting a final offer immediately.

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Don't forget - Rally Bus Reimbursements Due!

Thank you to all the schools who have submitted bus reimbursements for the February 4 “Schools We Can Believe In” rally in Los Angeles. If you haven’t submitted your bus reimbursement yet, please do so as soon as possible.

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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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External Opportunity: April 19: "Teachers at the Table: Build Your Own Evaluation"

LA charter school teachers are invited to join Teach Plus on Thursday, April 19 for an interactive, hands-on working session where you and your colleagues will design your “ideal” teacher evaluation.

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Action Kit: Tell Bennett Kayser to Stop Attacking Charters

LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser recently announced that he intends to vote against all charter-related items due to the district’s financial difficulties. He needs to hear from school leaders, teachers and parents in his district today! Use our action to get out the word.

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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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LAUSD Bennett Kayser Action Kit

On March 13, Bennett Kayser, who represents east, northeast and southeast LA for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board, announced that he plans to vote “NO” on everything related to charter schools, no matter whether that school is doing a great job. He needs to hear from charter school parents. Our action kit makes it easy to get out the word to your school community.

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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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Kayser Intends to Vote Against Charter Related Items Citing Budget Issues

Last week, LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser indicated directly to CCSA and publicly at the LAUSD Board meeting that he intended to vote against all charter-related items in last week’s board agenda due to the district’s financial difficulties.

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LAUSD Parcel Tax Includes Charters!

On March 13, the LAUSD Board voted 6-1 to approve a five-year, $298-per parcel tax on properties within district boundaries to go on the November 2012 ballot. The parcel tax includes ALL public schools within LAUSD…

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LAUSD Renews Seven Charter Schools

All seven LAUSD charter schools up for renewal before the board last week were renewed. Congratulations to Magnolia, Celerity, Watts Learning Center and ICEF, which all had schools renewed!

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Congratulations to Laura McGowan, Honored as "Ed Champion Reformer"

Laura McGowan, Executive Director and Founder of Crown Preparatory Academy in south Los Angeles was honored this past week as one of the Black Alliance for Educational Options’ “Ed Champion Reformer under 40” ] in Washington D.C.!

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April 3: Communications 101 Workshop in Los Angeles

Are you trying to get positive media coverage of your school, reach out to families or raise your profile in the community? Get tips and inspiration with our free Communications 101 Workshop in Los Angeles!

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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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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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LAUSD Charter Division is Hiring

Do you know a highly capable candidate? This position calls for someone with a deep understanding of charter schools and ability to manage many different areas. The position will report to Jose Cole-Gutierrez of LAUSD’s Charter Schools Division.

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Congrats to LA Winners at Conference!

Each year, CCSA recognizes a handful of outstanding individuals and schools with our Hart Vision Awards. I’m sure many of you were so proud of two honorees this year from Los Angeles - the Volunteer of the Year, Erika Higgins Ross of WISH Charter, and Gabriella Charter School, which was honored as 2012 Charter School of the Year! You have to see the amazing videos!

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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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Gates Collaborative Work Unfolds

As one of 16 cities that has signed a district-charter compact, we, alongside LAUSD, submitted a Concept Paper to the Gates Foundation this week. The focus of the paper is to increase services and supports for special education populations within a pilot group of schools with the intent of increasing academic outcomes for all special education students.

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Connect with Local Charter Leaders At the Charter Schools Conference

Hard to believe that the 19th Annual Charter Conference is only one week away! We hope you’ll join CCSA’s LA Advocacy team and your colleagues from around the Los Angeles Region to gear up for the Funding Equity Rally and connect on issues specific to our region. We will convene at two Conference Regional meetings on Tuesday, February 28 at 6 pm in the Conference Center Rooms 305 and 306. Wine and cheese will be served!

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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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Consent, Consent, Consent....Congrats to new charters!

In what was expected to be a particularly controversial Board meeting this past Tuesday, 5 new charters and 2 renewing charter were approved on consent!

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LAUSD Board Approves Policy on Founding Parents at Charters

On Tuesday, February 7, the LAUSD Board approved a new Founding Parent policy for LAUSD authorized charter schools…

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LAUSD Redistricting Meetings kick off this week

Key public meetings about redrawing the lines for LAUSD boardmember districts start tonight, Monday, Feb. 6.

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Feb. 4 Rally is a HUGE Success - Thanks to you!

WE DID IT. More than 100 LA charter schools turned out more than 5,000 parents, teachers and students for the rally Saturday. All of you should be incredibly proud of what we achieved with this event - we showed our strength, but more importantly, we showed the depth of our commitment to making sure every student in Los Angeles has a high-quality public school.

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"Schools We Can Believe In" Rally is this Saturday Feb. 4!

Have you gotten the word out to your parents? Filled out the bus reimbursement form? Make sure you’re ready to go with our easy checklist and a full selection of resources and templates!

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Jan. 31: Last planning call before Feb. 4 rally!

We will have a Charter Leader Weekly Rally Planning Strategy call for Los Angeles members at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to keep everyone up to date on preparations leading up to the Feb. 4 citywide rally. We want your input so we can make this rally a great success!

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LAUSD Board Votes on Founding Parents Feb. 14

LAUSD has been looking at founding parent policies at charter schools over the past few months. Staff have accepted most of CCSA’s recommendations.

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Jan. 25: Town Hall with Galatzan and Deasy

Invite your parents and school communities to a Town Hall on Jan. 25 at 6:30 pm at El Camino Real High School featuring LAUSD boardmember Tamar Galatzan and Superintendent John Deasy.

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Jan. 24: Rally Planning Call

We will have a Charter Leader Weekly Rally Planning Strategy call for Los Angeles members at 10:30 am Tuesday to keep everyone up to date on preparations leading up to the Feb. 4 citywide rally. We want your input so we can make this rally a great success!

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LA Regional Meeting is just days away!

The Los Angeles Winter Regional Meeting is coming up on Jan. 26. At the meeting, we’ll be holding a number of engaging break-out sessions on topics relevant to you and your school—see the full draft agenda.

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CCSA Submits Founding Parent Policy Recommendations

LAUSD has been looking at founding parent policies at charter schools over the past few months. We have submitted to the district recommendations for their new founding parent policy, which is scheduled to be acted on February 14. We have yet to receive formal feedback, but informally, the Charter Division and Board Member Kayser’s office have communicated their support of our recommendations.

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CCSA Discusses STRS Concerns with LACOE

We understand that the new LACOE STRS reporting deadlines are untenable for most of you. Subsequently, we, alongside a delegate of charter leaders and back office providers met with LACOE staff on January 19 to discuss an alternative reporting timeline.

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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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State Appellate Court Deals a Win for the Liberty Family Academy

In a brief and unpublished decision issued Thursday, the 6th District Courts of Appeal reversed the trial court’s ruling, allowing the nonprofit corporation operating Liberty Family Academy to challenge the district in court to recover funds withheld after the school’s revocation.

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LAUSD Board Considers District-wide Open Enrollment, Increasing Magnets

Last week, the LAUSD Board approved a resolution to commit to increasing enrollment by 5% over the next three years. The resolution asks the Superintendent to report back in 90 days with a plan to increase the number of magnet schools and to provide more flexibility in the magnet application process. On Jan. 17, the board will consider another resolution that would implement open enrollment in the district.

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Congrats to Equitas #2, Downtown Value and Synergy for Approvals and Renewals!

The LAUSD board approved Equitas #2 this week and renewed Synergy ES and Downtown Value School for being renewed. Also, if you’re still wondering what the district’s new School Performance Framework is all about, Jose Cole-Gutierrez will be at our Regional Meeting to provide an overview and to answer questions.

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LA Rally Overview and Objectives One-pager

Just getting up to date about our big rally Feb. 4? This one-pager outlines our key goals for the rally and what we’re asking from charter leaders to make this a huge success.

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New Video: "Why I Chose Option 3"

LAUSD-authorized charters have until Jan. 30 to opt in to the new Option 3 under the SELPA. In our new video, Toby Bornstein of Multicultural Learning Center shares why she felt Option 3 was the best choice for her school and her students.

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Join the Million Word Challenge to Promote Literacy at Your School

Your school is invited to participate in the “Million Word Challenge” an LA county-wide literacy campaign coordinated by Families In Schools. Student winners will be honored and receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase books. Sign up today!

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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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Jan. 22: National School Choice Week Event in Pomona

Pomona will be the site of a National School Choice Week event on January 22.

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Jan. 17: Rally Planning Call

Call in Tuesday morning at 10:30 am to get the latest updates on the Feb. 4 “Schools We Can Believe In” rally and get any questions answered!

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Schools Commit to Come Out for the Feb. 4 Rally

The list of schools who are committed to getting a bus and bringing their parents, students and teachers out for the “Schools We Can Believe In” rally continues to grow. They include Alliance, Bright Star, Camino Nuevo, Endeavor, Equitas, PUC Schools and more! Will you add your school to the list?

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New Rally Toolkit Has Everything You Need to Spread the Word for Feb. 4

We’ve posted a comprehensive toolkit to make it easy for you to get out the word to your school community about the citywide rally on Feb. 4. The bilingual kit includes links to our awesome rally video, handouts and templates for e-blasts, newsletter articles and robo-calls! Find everything at www.ccsa.org/rallytoolkit.

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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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Congrats to Ana Ponce!

On Dec. 6, Ana Ponce was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for her outstanding work in education, which was recently highlighted in Forbes Magazine.

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Jan. 10: Rally Planning Strategy call

Beginning Tuesday, January 10, we will have a Charter Leader Weekly Rally Planning Strategy call for Los Angeles members at 10:30 am to keep everyone up to date on preparations leading up to the Feb. 4 citywide rally. We want your input so we can make this rally a great success!

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Jan. 4, 6, 9: Webinars on New LAUSD Renewal Criteria

LAUSD will hold webinars this week to go over the new School Performance Framework, which will inform the board’s renewal decisions. Don’t miss these key info sessions!

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Feb. 4: City-wide Rally of Charter Supporters!

LA’s charter community will show our strength and raise our voices on Feb. 4 to make sure that our leaders put students first! We hope every charter school in LA will engage their parents, teachers and students to participate.

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Jan. 26: LA Regional Charter Leaders Meeting

Save the date for the next Los Angeles regional meeting! These meetings are a one-stop shop to get the most critical updates and connect with other charter leaders. RSVP today!

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CCSA To Develop an Informed Advocacy Position on 3 STRS/PERS Issues

After a hosting a call on Dec. 20th , CCSA is working to develop an informed advocacy position on LACOE STRS/PERS fee structure, timeline for payments and flexibility in terms of opting out of STRS/PERS.

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Save the Date: LA Citywide Rally Feb. 4!

On Saturday, Feb. 4, we hope that you and your school community will join local families, elected officials and the greater education reform community from across Los Angeles for: “Schools We Can Believe In” Citywide Rally for Excellent Schools. Call in this Thursday, Dec. 22 to find out more.

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Congrats to Hrag Hamalian!

Hrag Hamalian was recent honored by his alma mater, Boston College, with the Alumni Awards of Excellence Gold Award. Hamalian is the founder of Valor Academy in Arleta.

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LAUSD Board Raids Charter Facilities Funds to Pay for IT Improvements

The LAUSD School Board approved a funding strategy for district IT upgrades on Tuesday, Dec. 13th that would use around 22 million dollars of charter bond money that had been previously set aside for long-term facilities solutions. The board voted 6-1 with only Boardmember Vladovic opposing the funding strategy.

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POSTPONED: Dec. 19: Strategy Session with LA Members

The planned Dec. 19 strategy session with LA Members has been postponed to after the New Year. We’ll let you know the new date as soon as possible!

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Sign up for Newsletters from the LAUSD Board

Have you ever wondered where exactly an LAUSD boardmember is coming from? A great way to get insight into the boardmembers’ perspectives and key priorities is to sign up for their e-newsletters and check their web pages and blogs.

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LAUSD Board Votes on "Founding Parent" Resolution this Tuesday

The LAUSD board will vote on a resolution introduced by Bennett Kayser that seeks to clarify policy on the use of “founding parent” preferences by LAUSD-authorized charter schools. CCSA will be speaking in favor of the resolution.

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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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Dec. 20: Share your Concerns About LACOE STRS/PRS Contracts

We understand that several of you have concerns and challenges with your LACOE STRS/PRS contracts. To ensure we clearly understand the problems, the Los Angeles Regional Advocacy and CCSA Legal team are hosting a call on Dec. 20 at 1 pm to hear input from all of you.

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Dec. 6: Educators Invited to Info Session on Principal Leadership Fellowship

The Ryan Fellowship is looking for a group of the most accomplished teachers in the United States, with the highest leadership potential, to participate in a unique yearlong fellowship program preparing them to become principals ready to create student achievement-accelerating schools in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. RSVP now for an info session in LA!

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First 2011-12 Charter Renewals Will Go Before LAUSD Board on Tuesday

The first wave of LAUSD charters who are up for renewal this year will be before the Board this Tuesday, Dec. 6. Discovery Charter Prep, Fenton Avenue Charter and Primary Center, Global Education Academy, Los Angeles Leadership Academy and Puente Charter School are all being recommended for renewal by the LAUSD Charter School Division.

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LAUSD Superintendent Releases New Charter Renewal Framework

The Charter School Division has sent out a letter and board informative unveiling the District’s new School Performance Framework that will be used as “one criterion to analyze charter schools that are making their renewal requests this academic year.”

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Magnolia Public Schools' Alumni Come Together at 4th Annual Thanksgiving Event

Magnolia Public Schools celebrated the achievement of its graduates during a special Thanksgiving luncheon on November 26 at its flagship school Magnolia Science Academy 1 in Reseda. About 100 MSA alumni, seniors, teachers and administrators attended the event. CCSA’s Myrna Castrej√≥n and Brian Johnson of Larchmont schools both addressed students at the event.

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LAUSD and UTLA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

While we congratulate LAUSD on reaching an agreement with UTLA, we are disappointed that it will exclude charters from any transformation or reconstitution process over in the next three years, effectively dismantling Public School Choice and other reconstitution processes for charters.

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Dec. 8: Educators Get in Free at Film Premiere in LA

Green Living Project (GLP) will be returning to Los Angeles on Dec. 8 for their 3rd Annual Los Angeles Film Premiere. Educators are invited a screening of several films about sustainability, as well as a mixer before the event.

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External Opportunity: Free Multimedia Presentation & Leadership Workshop in Partnership with Participant Media and Me to We

Me to We and Participant Media are excited to continue their partnership through an exclusive speaking tour based on the award-winning documentary, Waiting for “Superman.” Through an hour-long presentation designed for high-school students, using themes and clips from Waiting for “Superman” and an afternoon action-planning workshop for 30 students focused on issues awareness and leadership skill building, Me to We speakers explore the importance of and barriers to education across the world.

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Aspire Applies in 3rd Round of Public School Choice

As you all know, the third round of Public School Choice has been a challenging one. That is why I would especially like to recognize Aspire Public Schools for stepping up and submitting a strong application today to run a middle school under PSC.

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Public School Choice Reviewers Needed!

LAUSD is looking for a number of educators and parents to review Public School Choice applications. This is a great opportunity for the charter community to support reform in LAUSD by ensuring that the best PSC applications are recommended for new and underperforming schools.

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Kayser introduces resolution on "founding parents" at charter schools

LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser has introduced a resolution seeking to clarify policy on the use of “founding parent” preferences by LAUSD-authorized charter schools. Overall, the resolution aligns with CCSA’s position which is that charter schools should be able to give a preference to parents who were involved in the start-up of the school, but that it is ill-advised and inappropriate for this preference to be extended past the opening period. Read CCSA’s letter to boardmember Kayser.

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Nov. 19: Aspire invites you to grand opening of Juanita Tate Elementary

Aspire Public Schools was selected to run a new elementary in south Los Angeles in the second round of the LAUSD Public School Choice initiative. Aspire invites other local charters to join them in celebrating the grand opening of Juanita Tate Elementary this Saturday, including the dedication of a mural honoring the late community activist, Juanita Tate.

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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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Washington Prep Removed from Public School Choice

LAUSD announced this week that Washington Prep High School will no longer be part of the third round of Public School Choice.

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OCS Affirms its Commitment to Serving all Students

With the recent media scrutiny and LAUSD board interest in charter school admissions practices, it’s more important than ever for charters to publicly share their commitment to serving all students. I’d like to give a shout out to Our Community School for proactively addressing this issue!

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Charters speak out in Myth-busting Campaign at LAUSD Board Meetings

Recently, there has been an onslaught of misinformation and anti-charter rhetoric at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meetings. Local charter schools have been speaking out about their programs and their impact on communities to dispel these myths during the public comment sections of every meeting and they’re already having an impact.

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Nov. 17: Teach+ invites you to "A Conversation on Student Growth Measures"

Join Teach Plus on Thursday, November 17, from 5 - 7:30 pm for an important conversation on the questions surrounding student growth measures with experts Noah Bookman, LAUSD Program and Policy Development Advisor, Dr. Rob Meyer, research professor and Director of the Value-Added Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, and Chris Bertelli, Executive Director at The College-Ready Promise. Free appetizers and beverages at the reception to follow!

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Families That Can engages with the Don't Hold Us Back Coalition to push reform

Families that Can and CCSA are working with a coalition of minority and civil rights groups to push education reform in LAUSD, including supporting the Public School Choice initiative.

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Public School Choice 3.0 will move forward

The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced that, as of this moment, the third round of PSC will move ahead with charter schools applying side by side with in-district applicants. CCSA is recommending that charter schools move forward with their applications to ensure as many highly qualified applicants apply as possible.

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Nov. 1: Free Screening of "American Teacher" in Los Angeles

You’re invited to a free screening and discussion of “American Teacher,” a documentary produced by The Teacher Salary Project on Nov. 1 in downtown Los Angeles.

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CCSA Responds to Article on "Founding Parents"

A recent article in LA Weekly was very critical of some local charters’ use of “founding parents.” CCSA responded to the article and will be working with schools and the district to give clear guidance and recommended best practices in admissions.

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Oct. 27: "Are Teacher's Unions the Enemy?" with Steven Brill

On Oct. 27, Zocalo Public Square is hosting a free event featuring Steven Brill, who recently published a new book looking at a broad movement to cut through bureaucracy to improve our public schools.

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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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Pro Bono Legal Review Extended to Oct. 25

Since LAUSD took so long to release its application, CCSA is providing pro bono legal review to schools in LAUSD through Oct. 25.

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Oct. 20: Option 3 Meeting

The Governance Council will be discussing service sharing options, the OIG audiet report and the OIM Enrollment Practices Report.

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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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LA-area schools eligible for for CA Distinguished Schools Program

The CA Department of Education has released a full list of schools that are eligible to apply to be CA Distinguished Schools based on a variety of accountability criteria. Congrats to the nine charter schools located in Los Angeles and Ventura counties!

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Register for the 2011 CASH/CCSA Charter School Facilities Workshops

Facilities workshop co-sponsored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will assist charter schools in addressing critical facilities issues.

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Current Prop. 39 Co-Locations in LAUSD

IIn the 2011-12 school year, some LA-area charter schools used classrooms at existing LAUSD campuses under a Prop. 39 agreement. See a full list of the sites of current co-locations.

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Two-Day Training Opportunity: Data Director Trainings

The ZOOM! team is holding two-day DataDirector trainings in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles within the next month.

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LAUSD Releases New Prop. 39 Application Form

Demand your facility now - LAUSD has released the new Facilities Request From!

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LAUSD Charter SELPA Director Position

We are now in search of a SELPA Director for the new LAUSD Charter Operated Programs Division and are reaching out to you in hopes of identifying a qualified candidate for the position.

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Oakland, Los Angeles Facilities Workshops are Right Around the Corner

Workshops being held in Oakland and Los Angeles will give an update on state funds available for charters, provide a road map for successfully accessing state funding, and look ahead to future funding and programs for charter facilities.

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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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Oct. 15 Deadline: Nominate Champions for Arts Education!

The Music Center is recognizing champions for arts education and is looking for nominations of teachers or schools that use art to inspiring learning by Oct. 15.

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Oct. 29: Get free Communications Advice at "Quality Time with PR Minds"

Do you need some help with PR, but don’t have the budget right now? Non-profit organizations can get help at the P

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Larchmont's Brian Johnson named "Reformer of the Month"

Congratulations to Brian Johnson, Executive Director of Larchmont Schools in Los Angeles, who was named “Reformer of the Month” for September by Democrats for Education Reform.

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Watts Learning Center Featured in CCSA Report on African American Performance In Charters

This week, CCSA released a statewide report detailing African American performance and enrollment trends in charter schools, as well as best-practices for effectively teaching African American students.

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Oct. 4: LAUSD Prop. 39 Town Hall with Sean Jernigan

Are you thinking about applying for Prop. 39? Don’t miss this opportunity to dialogue with LAUSD and get application tips!

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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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Oct. 12: Workshops on Special Ed in the Charter Setting

Bob Farran, former Director of the Southwest SELPA, is leading two workshops on special education, touching on best practices in intervention, referrals and services and IEP implementation. This event will be held at Vaughn Learning Center in San Fernando.

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LAUSD Independent Monitor Issues Report on Charter Admissions Policies

In response to concerns from parents that that charter schools were requiring parents to provide information regarding special education eligibility and services on lottery application forms, the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) recently conducted a review of applications and enrollment forms of LA area charter schools.

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Teachers get in free at "Freedom's Sisters" on Oct. 2 and 9

Teachers get in free for select Sundays in October to “Freedom’s Sisters” at the Museum of Tolerance. This multimedia exhibition celebrates 20 African American women who helped shape the spirit and substance of the Civil rights Movement. Find out more about the youth programs, essay contest and how to set up a field trip.

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Option 3 Governance Council Met Sept. 19

The council elected Brian Bauer of Granada Hills Charter High School Council Chair, Jackie Elliot of PUC Schools was voted Vice Chair.

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Submit your Renewal Petition ASAP

Have you already sent your renewal petition to LAUSD? Let us know - we’re recommending everyone submit as soon as feasible for their team.

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LAUSD still revising Prop. 39 Application

LAUSD has not released the 2012-2013 requests for Facilities under Proposition 39 application, but anticipates having the application available by Oct. 1, 2011. At this time, we are working with LAUSD in an effort to expedite access to the application.

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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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Free Charter School Governance Academy for Charter Leaders and Board Members

The California Charter School Governance Academy is a free, four hour intensive workshop designed to help school leaders and governing board members increase their knowledge of their ethical and legal obligations as stewards of public institutions. Sign up today for a workshop near you!

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LAUSD Special Ed and Renewal Updates

A governance meeting has been scheduled for the Charter Operated Program of the newly reorganized LAUSD SELPA/Option 3. Also, a “heads up” about an upcoming meeting for 2011-2012 renewing schools.

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LAUSD Campaign to Dispel Charter Myths Underway

In response to an onslaught of misinformation that has been put forth during LAUSD board meetings by anti-charter groups, CCSA is attempting dispel charter myths and balance the dialogue and rhetoric that is being promulgated at these meetings.

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First Prop. 39 Town Hall is a Success

CCSA’s town hall meeting with LAUSD’s Sean Jernigan went well, with lots of information exchanged. A second meeting will be planned for October.

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Former Union Head Says Charters Burn Out Teachers, Don't Perform - What Do You Say?

Have you ever read a negative article about charter schools that just got your blood boiling? Despite the incredible growth and success of charter schools in California, there are still many misconceptions about them among the public, which sometimes show up in media coverage. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Someone should really respond to that,” take five minutes and share your point of view!

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Come to the College Fair Extraordinaire on Sept. 24!

Calling all LA-area students for the College Fair Extraordinaire - talk to university reps from across the country and find scholarship and volunteer opportunities at this free event!

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LAUSD Board Approves Changes to Public School Choice

On Aug. 30, the LAUSD board approved major changes to the Public School Choice initiative, potentially giving in-district applicants priority in applying for new schools.

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LAUSD Superintendent Affirms Commitment to Develop Long Term Facilities Program

We are pleased to announce that Superintendent John Deasy has affirmed his commitment to continue to develop long-term facilities solutions for charter schools as a way to relieve Prop. 39 demands. As a result of our recent efforts and communications with LAUSD, the Superintendent is requiring staff to articulate a process for distribution of bond funds through the use of augmentation grants, in order to support continued development of long term facilities solutions.

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Help us pack the LAUSD board room Aug. 30!

This Tuesday, the LAUSD board might vote to not allow charter schools and community groups to apply for new school sites. The board members need to hear from you and your parents!

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Sept. 14: LAUSD Prop. 39 Town Hall with Sean Jernigan of LAUSD's Innovation and Charter Division

The Town Hall will provide charter operators with the LAUSD staff perspective of the Prop. 39 process, and will address typical challenges and issues occasionally arising from application submittal, as well as tips to avoid such pitfalls.

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Aug. 24 and 25: Medi-Cal Claiming Programs Information Sessions

LAUSD is close to completion of the ARRA funds projects for charter schools. One of the few remaining projects was the Medi-cal billing service for charters. A vendor has been selected and charters have the opportunity to access these services at no cost. In order to learn about the services, and receive information on how to access the services, come to one of two separate dinners being held this week.

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External Opportunity: Freedom's Sisters at the Museum of Tolerance

Freedom’s Sisters is a multimedia exhibition that celebrates 20 African American women, including historic 19th-century figures and contemporary leaders, who helped shape the spirit and substance of the Civil rights Movement in America.

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Aug. 31: LAUSD Renewing Schools Meeting

CCSA is hosting a meeting for LAUSD-authorized charter schools that are up for renewal on Aug. 31

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Help Us Pack the LAUSD Board Room on August 30

LAUSD boardmember Steve Zimmer’s resolution to give in-district teams preference in their Public School Choice applications for new schools goes to a vote on Aug. 30. Help us pack the board room in opposition to this anti-reform measure!

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In Memoriam: Linda Ngarupe

Linda Ngarupe, previously the Executive Director of University Preparation School at CSU Channel Islands, passed away on August 10.

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Aug. 24: Film Screening and Community Forum on Black Male Student Achievement

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You’re invited to a free screening of the documentary “Beyond the Bricks” and a panel discussion on solutions to the black male student achievement gap on Aug. 24 at Santee Middle School, featuring Blair Taylor of LA Urban League, Larry Aubry and Marshall Tuck.

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Aug. 18: Communications 101 Training in Los Angeles

Are you trying to get positive media coverage of your school, reach out to families or raise your profile in the community? Get tips and inspiration with our free Communications 101 Workshop in Los Angeles!

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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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CCSA Opposes Resolution That Would Prevent Charters From Applying for New PSC Schools

LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer has introduced a resolution, to be voted upon on August 30, that would allow only in-district and pilot school applicants to apply for new schools under the Public School Choice initiative.

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Aug. 5-6: Free Special Education Summit

Los Angeles charter school administrators and teachers are invited to attend a free two-day summit on special education. There is no cost for all qualifying LAUSD Charter Schools with $100 stipends available to certified teachers and $75 for paraprofessionals.

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Schools Can Modify LAUSD Special Ed Outreach Statement

Did the LAUSD Charter School Division ask you to include a special education notice on all materials? CCSA supports the goal of informing parents, but feel free to modify the recommended wording.

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Colegio New City's Extension Approved

Good news for Colegio New City’s high school.

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CCSA and LAUSD Agree to Stay Prop. 39 Litigation

We are pleased to announce that CCSA and LAUSD have agreed to stay the Proposition 39 litigation, which this year, has enabled more than 16,000 LAUSD charter school students to return to district buildings.

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Major Update in Prop. 39 Litigation

We are pleased to announce that CCSA and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have agreed to stay the Proposition 39 litigation, which this year, has enabled more than 16,000 LAUSD charter school students to return to district buildings.

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Get the Latest State Budget Information

New information about Governor Brown’s veto of the budget.

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Families That Can Offers Tips on Connecting with Your Legislator

How can parents have an impact in Sacramento? How do you get a meeting with your legislator? What is the process for a proposed bill to become a law? Get the details from Families That Can.

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New LACOE Superintendent and Board Member Appointed

Arturo Delgado has been appointed as the new Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Superintendent of Schools. He most recently served as the superintendent of San Bernadino Unified School District.

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