Topics: Facilities - General

New Research Portal for Charter Schools Embarking on Facilities Projects

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) created a research portal called SchoolBuild: From Idea to Construction to provide a one-stop shop to school leaders looking to develop facilities for charter schools. The portal guides schools through the entire facility-development process, from start to finish, and provides practical insights and solutions to charter school leaders at any and all stages of the process.

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CCSA Answers: Receiving State Funding for ADA

By what date must a charter school open in order to receive state funding for ADA?

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Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Program Applications Due by April 21

The application for the State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program Round 13 is currently open until April 21. This is a grant program designed to assist high-performing charter schools with rent, lease, debt service, and Proposition 39 pro-rata payments or costs related to purchase, acquisition, design, new construction, and renovation. Learn more on the CSFA Website.

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Webinar: New Markets Tax Credits 101 for Facilities Financing

Do you know what New Markets Tax Credits are and how they work to finance charter school facilities in rural and low-income communities? Learn the answer to this question, if your school is eligible, how to apply, and more during this webinar on Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m. PDT, presented by Capital Impact Partners and CCSA.

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Prop. 51 Charter School Facilities Program Funding: Application Details

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

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Learn how to apply for Prop. 51 Charter Facilities Bond Funds

Prop. 51 authorized $500 million in additional bond authority to the Charter School Facilities Program to build new buildings or renovate old buildings. A new funding round has opened and applications are due on June 6th, 2017. If you are considering applying for the program, CCSA is hosting a workshop in Oakland to help you with the application process. Learn more here.

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Coming Soon: Application for Charter School Facilities Program Preliminary Apportionment

With the approval of Prop. 51, $500 million is available for a new Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP) application filing round. The CSFP provides preliminary apportionments, or reservations of bond authority, for charter school new construction and rehabilitation projects.  Learn how your charter school can apply.

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State School Facilities Bond Webinar Video Recording

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

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State School Facilities Bond Webinar for Charter Schools on December 15

Proposition 51, the K-14 School Facilities Bond, passed on November 8, 2016 with 55% of the vote. Proposition 51 includes $500 million for charter public school facilities. Applications for bond funds will not be available for a few months. In the meantime, join CCSA on Thursday, December 15 from 1-2 p.m. for a webinar on the State School Facilities Bond program and how charter schools can participate in the program.

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CCSA Answers: Parental Notification for Pest Control

Question: We have a pest control company scheduled to fumigate our charter school and are wondering about requirements for parent notification.

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Member Update: CCSA v. LAUSD (Measure Q)

CCSA filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District Board (LAUSD) regarding Measure Q, a bond measure passed by voters in 2008, that allocated $450 million for a variety of charter school facilities purposes.

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Apply Now: SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program

There is still time to apply to the SB 740 Facility Grant Program for the 2015-16 school year. For new schools or schools that are changing facilities for the 2015-16 school year, the application is due by October 15, 2015.

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Apply Now: SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program

There is still time to apply to the SB 740 Facility Grant Program for the 2015-16 school year. For new schools or schools that are changing facilities for the 2015-16 school year, the application is due by October 15, 2015.

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CharterSAFE Reminder: Summer Risk Management Maintenance Checklist

Now that the school year is coming to a close, it is a great time catch up on maintenance that will help improve safety at your school. This summer maintenance checklist is meant to help you set priorities.

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CCSA Answers: Facilities Standards and Charter Schools

Question: Must charter school facilities comply with the school facility design, construction, and building standards that apply to school district facilities?

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CCSA Answers: Qualifying for SB 740 Funds

Question: How can a school qualify for the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grants? Answer: The Charter School Facility Grant Program was enacted by Senate Bill (SB) 740 (Chapter 892, Statutes of 2001, Education Code Section 47614.5) for the…

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CCSA Issues Statement on Assembly Passing AB 948

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA, issued the following statement today celebrating the Assembly passing AB 948.

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CCSA Answers: Definition of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) and SB 740 Funding Determination

Question: We are completing our SB 740 Non-classroom Based Funding Determination Form. How does the state define a “Full Time Equivalent” (FTE)? We need this information for our non-classroom based charter school to meet the 25:1 student to teacher ratio.

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Charter School Facilities Survey at 21st Conference + Chance to Win!

Learn more and sign up to take the Charter School Facilities Initiative Survey at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference, March 3-6.

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CCSA Answers: Ranking for Charter School Facilities Program

Question: If a Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP) filing round is oversubscribed, how are projects ranked?

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National Charter School Facilities Online Initiative Re-Launched!

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California charter schools are excited to be able to participate in the National Charter School Facilities Initiative which researches and quantifies charter school access to adequate educational facilities space and funding. The national survey is now available online for schools to complete.

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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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Charter School Facilities Initiative Update

The Charter School Facilities Initiative Survey will re-open in October 2013

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Opportunity to Acquire QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) Funding

Looking for a way to save on interest costs associated with activities such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, renovating and repairing buildings or investing in equipment and up-to-date technology? Apply today!

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Support Facilities Policy Efforts: Complete the Facilities Survey Today!

We are gathering some critical data from schools to help us with facilities policy work on your behalf.

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Help Shape Public Policy: Participate in the Facilities Survey!

Our effort to shape a policy environment where every charter school in California has access to an adequate, affordable facility begins with our developing an accurate picture of where our state’s charter schools are today.

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Facilities Initiative Survey is Open!

CCSA is gathering some important facilities data from schools to help us with our policy and legislative advocacy efforts.

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Announcement: Charter School Facilities Initiatives Survey Re-opened!

The Facilities Initiatives Survey has been reopened to continue to gather important data as the legislature may soon consider a Statewide School Facilities Bond.

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

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

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Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Program Application Now Available

The California School Finance Authority is now accepting applications for the Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Program (CSFIG).

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CharterSAFE Offers Two Critical Webinars

CharterSAFE is proud to offer the two important webinars. Learn about Construction Insurance and Insurance for Developing Schools.

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Make the Connection Between Business and Education

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

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Update: San Diego Unified Proposition Z - ICOC Board Action

SDUSD Board acted on February 12 to merge the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for Proposition S and Proposition Z.

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Webinars for School Developers: Charter School Facilities 101, Building the Team to Fulfill Your Mission (Part 2 of 3), PCSGP: Governance 101 and PCSGP: Finance 101

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

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Sycamore Valley Academy Making a Difference in the Facility Resources Struggle in the Central Valley

For that reason, schools participating in Prop 39 facilities applications and SB 740 facilities private lease reimbursements should be applauded in their efforts to formally communicate the need for facility resources for charter schools.

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Participate in the Facilities Survey: Deadline is January 31

The Facilities Initiative Survey aims to collect data to develop an analysis of the issues and challenges facing California’s charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities.

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Facilities Continues to be the Number One Challenge Cited by Charter Operators in Santa Clara County

Did you know that there are a handful of charter networks in Santa Clara County that are leasing private buildings AND using district facilities for multiple schools?

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Don't Forget To Add "Complete Facilities Survey" To Your Holiday List

Our effort to shape a policy environment where every charter school in California has access to an adequate, affordable facility begins with our developing an accurate picture of where our state’s charter schools are today.

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Voters Approve $250 Million Schools Facilities Funding for San Bernardino Unified

More than 71% of San Bernardino voters approve Bond Measure N, allocating $250 million to renovate San Bernardino Unified school facilities.

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Two More Weeks Left - Don't Miss Your Chance to Participate in the Facilities Survey!

The survey aims to collect data to complete a comprehensive analysis of the issues and challenges facing California’s charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities.

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Don't Forget to Add the Facilities Survey to Your School's Holiday To Do List

Complete the survey today! The participation of charter schools in the survey is vital to its success and to obtain accurate data.

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It's as easy as 1-2-3! Fill Out the Facilities Survey Online Today

We need your data! CCSA recognizes that facilities are an essential component to the success of a charter school, and the data collected will help us to better advocate for charters to secure and retain long term, high-quality, affordable school space.

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Low Interest Loans Available for Energy Efficiency

Over $22 million in loan funds are available from the California Energy Commission at an economically low interest rate for energy cost saving projects.

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Fill Out the Facilities Survey Today - Last Chance to Win Prizes!

Fourteen winners will selected for either admission to CCSA’s 20th Anniversary conference or gift cards from Office Depot or Starbucks.

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New Facilities Initiative Survey is Live: Complete Yours Today to Win Prizes!

One of the greatest challenges charter schools face is access to adequate facilities. We are gathering some data from schools to help us with this facilities work on your behalf.

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CCSA Answers: Eligibility for SB 740 Funding

Question: Are charter schools, leasing a district facility at market rate, eligible for SB 740 funding? Specifically, are charter schools leasing from an “unlike” district (i.e. a charter high school leasing district facilities from an elementary school district), eligible?

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Have you Requested your Mandate Block Grant?

The 2012-13 budget contains a new mandate block grant of $14 per ADA for charter schools. The deadline to apply for the mandate block grant is October 1.

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Countdown to Start of New Facilities Initiative

Starting October 1 - 31, CCSA’s Charter School Facilities Initiative, a detailed analysis of the issues and challenges facing California’s charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities will officially begin.

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CCSA Answers: Deadline by Which to Submit Surplus Property Requests

Question: What is the deadline by which surplus property request letters must be submitted by charter schools looking for a facility for the fall of 2013, to school districts?

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New Facilities Survey Initiative

CCSA recently launched the Charter School Facilities Initiative, a comprehensive analysis of the issues and challenges facing California’s charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities.

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New Resource: Construction Related Services Qualified Vendor List

CCSA has compiled a list of qualified vendors to assist charters with the development of new and modification of existing schools sites.

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SB 740 Facility Grant Applications Now Available: Due Sept. 18, 2012

Follow this link for: a cover letter with specific program criteria the application other important materials to apply for the program The completed application must be submitted to the CDE by September 18, 2012. While CDE recognizes that the application…

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San Diego Unified School District Unanimously Approves Creation of Charter Community Committee for Proposition Z and other Facilities Issues.

This action was an additional step forward to demonstrate SDUSD’s commitment to supporting the many needs of charter schools and their students for new facilities space and repairing current facilities.

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CCSA Answers: Surplus Property under SB 1016

Question: May any charter school, even a charter school authorized by another district, submit a request for surplus property, under SB 1016?

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CCSA submits letter to Superintendent Torlakson regarding SB 740 concerns

We have heard from many members about problems with receiving SB 740 (Charter School Facility Grant Program) funding in a timely manner and have been working with Superintendent Torlakson and his staff at the California Department of Education (CDE) non-stop on this important issue.

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Charter School Facility Funding Programs Direct from the Experts

Identifying and securing adequate facilities for charter students is a challenging task for many of our state’s charter schools. A new video recorded at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference offers an additional resource to schools as they confront this challenge.

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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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CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and the Field Act

Question: Must a district-sponsored charter school facility be in compliance with the Field Act?

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California Supreme Court Denies District's Bid to Overturn Prop. 39 Decision

The California Supreme Court denied Los Altos School District’s requests that the Court accept review and depublish the appellate decision which sided with Bullis Charter School, finding that the District had violated Proposition 39, a law that requires school districts to provide “reasonably equivalent facilities” to charter schools.

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CCSA Answers: Compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

Question: Does the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) apply to charter schools?

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New Facilities Handbook for Charter Developers

CCSA’s facilities experts have put together the most important and valuable tools to help charter leaders understand their options and navigate the facility development process.

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CCSA Answers: Parental Notification for Pest Control

Question: We have a pest control company scheduled to fumigate our charter school and are wondering about requirements for parent notification.

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Charter School Construction Projects Given $46.2 million

The State Allocation Board apportioned proceeds from the recent bond sale to school facility program construction projects.

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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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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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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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CASH/CCSA Charter School Facilities Workshops are Coming Up!

Have a question or want to learn more about facilities options and solutions in California? These workshops from the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and CCSA are for you!

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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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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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Capitol Update - 9/13/11 Special Edition

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

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Charter School Facility Grant Program Applications Available, Due 9/15/11

The CDE has updated the forms and the process for eligible charter schools to apply to the 2011-12 Charter School Facility Grant Program. Applications are due by September 15, which may be a very short time line for some schools to compile all of the required documentation.

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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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Charter School Facility Grant Program

The California Department of Education continues to process applications for the Charter School Facility Grant Program in their effort to complete disbursements for the 2010-11 grants. Find out what your school needs to do.

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Help Accessing School Bond Funding

CCSA wants to help charter schools access this funding and provide much needed cash to charter school projects.

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