Regions: Northeastern California

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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Sonoma County Charter SELPA Now Accepting New Members

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

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Historic Day for Charters in Butte County SELPA

Four charter schools in Butte County founded a new Charter Voting Region, ensuring that these schools have a voice in the governance of their SELPA.

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Stuart Foundation Sacramento Professional Learning Community Update

Stuart Foundation Sacramento Professional Learning Community is finishing their first full year of the challenging yet necessary work of building infrastructure and expertise to support vulnerable populations, including foster youth and students with disabilities, in Sacramento charter schools.

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St. Hope and SENECA Present: "Support Students with Challenging Behaviors"

One of the most requested topics for professional development is around handling challenging behaviors. This training will offer attendees clear guidance on building school wide capacity for supporting students with intense behaviors that are impacting learning.

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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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Gold Country Charter Leaders Meeting - This Thursday

Did you know there are 48 charter schools serving students in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties? With the growing number of schools, there is a growing opportunity to build a professional network amongst charter school leaders locally.

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Now Hiring! Parent Organizer, Northeast and Central Valley

Do you know someone who loves charter schools, and ‘clicks’ with a wide range of people? If so, he or she might be the perfect candidate for this position!

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Four Charter Schools in One Night

Kudos to San Juan Unified for their partnership with San Juan Charter Leaders — and congratulations to Visions in Education, Options for Youth, Choices, and Golden Valley Charter School!

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Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour Comes to Sacramento December 12

Hear how real, actionable policies are being implemented to revolutionize the education of our youngest generations.

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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 19: Funding Charter School Facilities Workshop - in Sacramento

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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Workshop: Funding Charter School Facilities: How to Access Resources and Prepare for the Future

If you are a charter school, work with charter schools, or are considering initiating a charter school, this facilities workshop will help you identify sources of funding to address your critical facility needs.

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STREAM Charter Petition Approved by Oroville City Elementary 8/28

Congratulations to Don Phillips and the founders of Science Technology Engineering Math Arts and Music (STREAM)! The founding team of educators and community leaders has deep ties in the community and are CCSA Developer Members. The school will serve grades…

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No Vacation for Northeast Region Charter School Parents

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Riding the momentum from Parent Summit, Advocacy Day and school visits from legislators, parents in Sacramento and Chico are working together to build parent alliances and increase their collective power.

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West Sacramento Parents Lead the Charge for a New Charter School

A true grassroots effort, led by parents, who want the very best for their kids. Read the details!

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Save the Date! Butte County Back-to-School Reception

Butte County charter leaders, teachers, and board members are invited to attend this casual no-host reception.

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Four Charter Schools Named in "Sacramento Region's 25 Smartest High Schools

Congratulations to all of the schools that are striving to make our students ready for college and beyond!

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CCSA is Hiring in Sacramento

California Charter Schools Association is hiring two positions in the Sacramento area!

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SCOE to Appoint Interim Trustee for Area 5

CCSA is actively seeking potential candidates to fill the seat.

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Families That Can Launches Parent Leadership Team in the Northeast Region

Parent leaders from charter schools across northeast California are invited to come to Sacramento on Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for the kick-off of the Northeast Charter Parent Leadership Team.

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Sacramento City Charter Leaders Benefit from Collaboration (Video)

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Sacramento City Charter Leaders (SCCL) is a leadership group for autonomous charter schools that are authorized by Sacramento City Unified School District.

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George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science Celebrated Wins a Statewide Civic Learning Award

This Waldorf inspired charter high school in Sacramento City Unified, is one of only 22 high schools in California to be honored for its civic learning programs.

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A Community Conversation to Fix School Discipline Comes to Sacramento June 26

This year, many school leaders and elected officials have debated use of “willful defiance” as a reason for school suspensions and expulsions. A new play called “Willful” by Julie Marie Myatt is based on real-life stories of “willful defiance” from…

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Caps, Gowns and Tassels in the Capitol City

For some students, graduation is a given, but for others, it takes a different type of school environment and dedicated teachers to help a student earn a diploma.

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Serving Our Most Vulnerable Youth - Stuart Foundation Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have participated in the Stuart Foundation meeting last meeting on Thursday! Outlined below are major takeaways, next steps and information about the upcoming meeting.

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YES Charter Academy Renewal Appeal Granted by Yuba County Office of Education

YES is a TK-8 charter school that offers a unique environmental science-based education program in rural Yuba County.

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Yuba River Charter School Awarded $1 Million Grant

Yuba River Charter School and the City of Grass Valley were awarded $1 million is U.S. EPA Brownfield grants, according to YubaNet.com.

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Nominate Sacramento County Teacher of the Year

This year, the Sacramento County Office of Education has asked CCSA to facilitate the selection of a single charter school teacher to represent teaching excellence at the county level - a very tough task, indeed!

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CCSA Governance Academy in Sacramento- Register Today!

The Sacramento meeting will be offered in person on April 26.

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Celebrate National Charter Schools Week at the State Capitol

As Advocacy Day approaches, our Government Affairs team will provide you with a schedule and all the materials you need in preparation for the day.

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Sac City Charters Collaborate with District to Clarify Renewal

In Sacramento City Unified, charter leaders raised concerns about the renewal process. They wanted to work with the district’s charter liaison to develop a consistent, transparent, and predicable approach from the district for charter renewal.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day -Speak up for Charter Schools!

Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol on May 8 for the 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day.

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Regional Charter Leaders Seen and Heard at the 20th Anniversary Conference

Here are just a few examples of where your colleagues where seen and heard at the 20th Annual Conference in San Diego.

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Northeast and Central Valley Regional Meeting Wrap Up

Here’s a look at what was shared at the four regional meetings in the Northeast and Central Valley region February 4 -7.

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Families That Can Provides Support for Renewal at Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy

Parents make plans to call, write letters and speak at school board meetings

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Looking forward to 2013!

With a new year comes new opportunities to work together to address challenges charter schools face in Northeastern California, and to improve public education as a whole.

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Visiting Charter Schools in Redding, Paradise, and Nevada City

We visited a wide variety of schools in Shasta, Butte, and Nevada counties, and choose schools from a cross section of California’s charter schools movement, in terms of size, academic focus, and educational philosophy.

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Sac City Charter Leaders Formalize Their Collaboration

Last week, the leaders of eight independent charter schools authorized by Sacramento City Unified voted to formalize their commitment to work together to solve common problems.

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District Celebrates Double-Digit API Gains by 4 Independent Charters

SCUSD lauded four charters schools for their academic gains at their December 6 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Local Election Highlights: Promising New Leaders in Chico, Sacramento, and Placer County

Besides the passage of Proposition 30, the election gave charter schools cause for celebration - new crop of charter-friendly candidates won seats on selected local school boards.

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Trustee Opening at Sacramento City Unified - Apply TODAY!

This is a tremendous opportunity for a parent or community leader to serve in this important role.

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Butte County Charters Inform Parents About Charter Choices

Sixteen charter schools from around Butte County were represented at the 2-day Chico Children’s Fair at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico on October 13 and 14.

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Nov. 1: C.A.S.H and CCSA Collaborate for Facilities Workshop

The focus will be on building successful relationships between charter schools and school districts, as well as with developers and maneuvering local governmental permitting agencies.

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Facilities Bond Measure for Sacramento City Unified School District

Measures Q and R will provided extensive rehabilitation of district facilities, including charter schools.

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Butte County Sup, Assemblymember Logue Fete 20th Anniversary of Charters

The crowd overflowed to a beautiful outdoor patio in Chico during the Butte County Charter Leaders 20th Anniversary Reception last week.

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Penny Schwinn, Founder of Capitol Collegiate, and Trustee, Sac County Board of Education to Speak

You are invited to join other educators, parents, and community leaders to discuss the process of starting a charter school and the landscape throughout Sacramento County - existing schools, demand for new schools, and more.

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Governance Training: Break in New Board Members, Refresh Seasoned Ones

Stop bad habits and create positive norms for your charter school governance and operations.

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Know Someone Dreaming of Starting a Charter School?

CCSA is launching a Start-Up Circle in Sacramento! Educators, parents, and community leaders who want to learn more about the process of starting a charter school are encourage to meet up….

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Lengthy Ballots for Sacramento Region Elections

Voters have a lot to consider with a Presidential race, local elections, eleven state propositions, local school bond measures and local measures on the ballot in November.

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning Posts 100% Proficiency on STAR Test Scores

Something extraordinary is happening in at Sierra Expeditionary Learning!

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Preview Agendas for the Region 2 & 3 Charter Leaders Meetings

Regional Charter Leader meetings are the perfect way to reconnect with your colleagues and get important updates about the statewide policies and issues that will impact your school. Local topics will vary, based on member interest.

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Participate in Nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.

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20th Anniversary Reception in Chico - Tuesday, October 9

This year we’re taking our Back-to-School reception up a notch: CCSA is proud to be hosting the 20th Anniversary Reception for Butte County Charter Schools.

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Preview Regional Charter Leaders Topics and RSVP Today

These meetings are free, open to all charter leaders, and held 3 times a year.

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Taking Parent Engagement to the Next Level

Strong parent leaders are the foundation of strong charter schools. Here are three tips to jumpstart family engagement at your school.

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Making the Case for Athletics

Natomas Pacific Pathways families and school leaders ask the Natomas Unified School District Board of Education to allow students to compete on district sports teams.

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Golden Valley Charter School Embraces Families That Can

100 Sacramento area families joined Families That Can. Read more for ideas about how to engage YOUR families.

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Sacramento City Unified School District Approves Bond Measure for November Ballot

Two bond measures, totaling just over $400 million dollars would improve student health and safety and modernize facilities that support core academic programs.

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Renewal: Summer is a Great Time to get Ready for September Charter Submission

Last week I co-presented a webinar on garnering support for charter renewal with my colleague from San Jose, Alicia Gallegos. It was the third is a series of webinars designed to support schools that are up for renewal in the 2013 school year.

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Stepping Up when the Legislature lets us Down

Thank you to all of you that called your legislators and the Governor’s Office last week. Your phone calls made a big difference!

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Remember to Vote Tomorrow!

Were you planning to get out and vote tomorrow? I certainly hope so! In addition to the primary elections, there is also a very important race for Sacramento County Office of Education board members that you need to care about.

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Next Week: Chico Regional Charter Leaders Meeting

This spring, we’re meeting after the school year is over for many of you. Join us to reflect on what went well, what you’d like to improve, and how your colleagues and the Association can help!

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Now is the Time to Advocate for Funding Equity in the State Budget

Your voices will continue to make the difference in our funding equity efforts.

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CCSA is Hiring in Sacramento

Work for a cause you care deeply about! California Charter Schools Association advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools. CCSA is a trusted source of data and information on…

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Charter Schools Week: Panel Discussion on Charter Schools & Beyond - Reform Efforts for School Success

Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies and School of Education is hosting a panel discussion on public school reform as part of their “On the Leading Edge” series.

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Regional Meeting Reminder (Date Change for Region 2)

DATE CHANGE Region 2 (Chico/Redding) Charter Leaders Meeting The Region 2 Spring Charter Leaders Meeting has been moved from May 17 to Wednesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. - noon at CORE Butte. I hope you can still join us…

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MY&M and Trustee Cooley host an Information Night on Sac County Board of Education Race

Attend this information night to learn what’s at stake for Sacramento charter schools in the upcoming June 5th election.

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Spring Regional Meetings - Register Today

Spring meetings are around the corner and I’d like to invite you to provide suggestions for the agenda.

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Get Informed! Sacramento County Candidate Forum May 2

There is a lot at stake for charter schools during the June 5th Election. Who’s running and where do they stand on these issues, and more?

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Congratulation to Sol Aureus College Preparatory!

Sol Aureus College Preparatory (SAC Prep) was recently awarded the Title I Academic Achievement Award.

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Stockton Community Forum on Charter Schools

On April 5, the Stockton Early College Academy (SECA) charter board hosted a community forum featuring prominent federal, state, and local charter school leaders

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Mark Your Calendar: Spring Regional Meetings Coming Soon

Spring is a busy time - too say the least! Regional meetings are a forum for you to get important updates and policy and budget changes that are on the horizon.

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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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Field Notes from School Visits in San Joaquin County

The Central Valley is know worldwide for agriculture, but in the last 3 years, they’ve also been growing charter schools. Last week I visited 5 charter schools in San Joaquin County that have been operating for less than 4 years.

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URGENT PCSGP Grant Readers Needed

This is an invitation to participate in the grant application review process as a peer reviewer. - It is a great opportunity for Sacramento Area charter leaders!

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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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Planning to Start a New Charter School? Get a Scholarship to the Fortune School Leadership Program

This program is for charter leaders, by charter leaders, and focuses on producing charter school leaders for high-quality charter schools in high need areas

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CIVICS: Get Started with Voter Engagement!

With Super Tuesday behind us, there’s really no reason to delay in getting started with non-partisan voter engagement!

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Seen and Heard: Northeastern Charter Leaders at the Conference

Charter leaders from the far north were out in full force at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference. Here’s a round of who was where, and when.

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Charter Schools from Sacramento, Paradise Participate in the Rally for Funding Equity

While some participants simply walked over from the Sacramento Convention Center, four charter school communities from our region filled buses to bring parents, students, and teachers to the captiol to participate

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Get on the Bus! Riding to the Rally for Funding Equity

Do you believe that charter schools should get adequate and fair funding? Join school leaders, teachers, parents, and students from across the state!

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Connect with Northeastern Charter Leaders At the Charter Schools Conference

Hard to believe that the 19th Annual Charter Conference is only one week away!

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An Invitation to Learn More about Montessori Education

If you have been curious about Montessori Education, this is a great opportunity to find out more.

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My Evening with a Charter School Critic

I believe it’s critical for people in general - but advocates, in particular — to “seek first to understand, and then to be understood”. So I organized a hodge-podge of local school reformers to buy $5 tickets, and on a drizzly January night, we joined over 2,000 people to hear what Diane Ravitch had to say.

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Foundation Seeks Charters to Change Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth in Sacramento County

Foster youth are the most vulnerable kids in our community. The Children’s Report Card, released by the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition showed that less than half (47.5%) of foster youth in Sacramento complete their high school degree or equivalency by the time they exit the foster youth system. The Sacramento County average graduation rate for the same period was 77.9%. The Stuart Foundation has partnered with CCSA to identify high-performing charter schools in Sacramento County that are willing to be a part of reversing the trend.

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Region 3: Rally for Funding Equity at the Capitol; Media training from a pro

Have you registered for the upcoming Region 3 Charter Leaders meeting in Sacramento (1/26)?

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Region 2: Tour RSA's fab new facility; Alice Miller in town to talk budget, cashflow

Are you planning to join us for the upcoming Region 2 Charter Leaders meeting in Redding on February 1st?

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Reinventing Regional Meetings

Our resolution for 2012 is to make these meetings a more valuable for you!

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Sacramento City Trustees Drop Plans to Move Sac High and PS7

The grassroots action of St. HOPE, West Campus, and local charter school supporters changed the outcome.

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Mark your Calendar! Winter Regional Meetings

CCSA organizes regional charter leader meetings around the state three times a year. The next meetings will be held in late January and early February.

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Charter, Sacramento City Unified Leaders Head to Chicago for the Gates Foundation RFP

Representatives from across America will convene in Chicago to network and learn more about the RFP. Grants are expected to range from $250,000 to $10 million dollars.

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Sacramento Area Charter Schools, by the Numbers

Recently I was working with a Sacramento-area charter leader who was curious about the number of schools operating in Northeastern California.

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Nov. 30: STAND UP Education is a Civil Right - VIP Seating for CCSA Members!

CCSA is proud to co-host the last STAND UP meeting of the year with Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson. The theme of the meeting is “Education is a Civil Right.” We’ll look back on the accomplishments of 2011 and preview the work that can be done in 2012.

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Prop. 39 at Work in Northern California

Our visions is for every charter school in Northeastern California to have a facility that meets the needs of their program. That means having a safe, welcoming site (or sites) that is affordable and enhances the school’s educational program and desire to grow (or not!).

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Bowling Alley Reborn as a Charter School Facility in Twin Rivers Unified

Last week Gateway Community Charters hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the renovation of a facility that will house two charter programs at the McClellan Business Park.

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SCTA, SEIU, and the Sacramento Democratic Party Propose Moving Sac High

During the October 20 Sacramento City Unified School District board meeting, SCTA, SEIU, and the Sacramento County Democratic Party, asked the school board members to “swap” the existing programs at West Campus and Sacramento High School.

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Nor Cal Underrepresented in Charter School Survey - Take Action Now!

Attention school Leaders! We need your help.

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Health Youth/Healthy Regions: A Report on the Status of Youth in 9 Nor Cal Counties

The Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions report is unique because of the broad geographical scale and the cross-sector factors determine our youth’s and region’s health and well-being.

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Can Charter School JPA's Help Serve Special Needs Kids Better?

Across Northeastern California, charter schools are collaborating to increase their capacity to serve student with special needs well. Formalizing these collaborations into Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) can help provide stability and structure for charter participants.

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Butte County Office of Education Convenes Charter Leaders

Charter leaders from Chico, Paradise, Nord, Forest Ranch and other communities in Butte County in participated in a luncheon hosted by the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) to increase collaboration between BCOE and charter operators.

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Report on African American Performance in Charters; Sacramento School Highlighted

Last week, one of our local charters, PS7, was the venue for our statewide public release of the much anticipated “Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap Closing Reform: The Success of California Charter Schools in Promoting African American Achievement” report, which details the performance and enrollment trends of African American students in California’s public schools, including charter schools.

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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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Follow Up from Recent Regional Meeting: Legislative Visits, PowerPoint, and more

Thank you to those of you that attended this most recent regional meeting. One of the most critical things that we can do at the regional level to bolster our position in Sacramento is to foster relationships with your legislative representatives at their district.

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Have you Registered to Attend this Week's Regional Charter Leaders Meeting?

During this meeting, we want to hear from you about how CCSA should prioritize its efforts in Sacramento on behalf of your school and the charter Movement at large.

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Parents Deserve Choices, Featuring Mike Feinberg (KIPP), with Jed Wallace (CCSA)

Join Sacramento area public school advocates for this STAND UP monthly meeting focusing on school choice.

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Have you RSVP'd for our Upcoming Regional Meeting?

Regional meetings always include the networking and movement-wide updates on hot topics like facilities financing. Make it a priority to join us and Register Today!

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Look at Us Grow!

Check out the back-to-school coverage on some of our region’s newest independent charters schools. Congratulations and welcome to the charter schools movement!

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Does Chico Unified "Work Well" with Charter Schools?

Who is John Bohananon, the director of alternative education for Chico Unified School District, trying to convince?

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Association Joins Mayor and Superintendents to Increase Literacy

We’re excited to collaborate on this important city-wide campaign that will improve educational outcomes for kids.

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Butte County Back-to-School Mixer

Let’s celebrate the beginning of another school year!

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Regions 2 and 3: Save-the-Date for Fall Regional Meetings!

Mark your calendars today! Agenda, online registration and region-specific content coming soon.

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District-Charter Compact negotiations resume in Sacramento City Unified

An update on the negotiations underway this August.

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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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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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