December 2010

December 2010 Spotlight on Success

The charter school movement is dependent upon the hard work of visionary founders, leaders, and authorizers, plus dedicated teachers and volunteers and inspired students. The Association is proud to recognize several of them this month.

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Charter Employee Services: Ensuring Competitiveness, Protecting Flexibility

To enable our member charter schools to offer employee benefits packages usually found in the traditional school system, CCSA has developed Charter Employee Services (CES). CES offers comprehensive, charter-specific benefits packages at low, negotiated rates.

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12/17/10 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending December 17, 2010.

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Northern California Charter School Board Members Focus on Governance

At the very top of non-profit charter school’s governance structure is the governing board - a group of dedicated volunteers that are elected or appointed to keep the school on track. In order to help strengthen charter school governance, charter school board members and directors recently participated in a governance training sponsored by the Association and held at Blue Oak Charter School in Chico, California. In all, more than 40 board members from 7 charter schools attended the four-hour training to learn more about board duties.

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Charter School Finance Forum Lays the Groundwork for Exploring Funding Solutions

Charter school budget and finance issues continue to be a top priority for CCSA, even during the legislative recess. In an effort to keep these issues front and center, CCSA convened charter school leaders, members of the banking community, representatives from philanthropic foundations, the California School Finance Authority, the California Department of Education and Association staff for a presentation and in-depth conversation about charter school funding equity and access to working capital financing.

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Los Angeles School Board and Charter Leaders Commit to Working Together

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education and local charter leaders have signed on to an compact to work together to share best practices and to ensure all students have access to a high-quality public education.

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Scenes from Schools: SIATech Los Angeles

“Scenes from Schools” is an occasional piece on the CCSA News Blog that offers a glimpse at the tremendous work taking place on charter school campuses across California. In today’s “Scenes,” we visit SIATech Los Angeles through a piece written by Daniel Butler, an instructor at the school.

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12/10/10 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending December 10, 2010.

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Los Angeles School Board and Local Charter School Leaders Sign on to Quality Schools Compact

Los Angeles is one of nine cities whose leaders announced today that the school district and charter school community have signed an agreement to work together to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend high-quality public schools in their neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Board of Education passed the Quality Schools Compact on November 30, a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and local charter public schools.

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12/3/10 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending December 3, 2010.

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Sacramento News & Review Response: Sac High is Delivering on its Promise

Cosmo Garvin’s piece “Time for Action on Sac High” is out of touch with the need for real education reform not just in Sacramento, but across the state. By pushing new school board members to pick on a top performing charter school whose focus is to graduate seniors and encourage higher education is ignoring the real issues public schools are facing.

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L.A. Superior Court Ruling on Prop. 39 Lawsuit in the News

Charter schools in Los Angeles scored a major victory this week as the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) must make Proposition 39 offers to each and every charter school that submits an application to the district for facilities. The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) filed a lawsuit against LAUSD in May 2010 for continued non-compliance with Prop. 39. This victory is a major step forward in charter schools receiving equitable facilities.

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Public School Choice 2.0 in the Spotlight

This week, applications for the second round of LAUSD’s Public School Choice initiative were due to the district, and seven charter schools applied for a total of seven new schools and one focus school. The California Charter Schools Association organized a news conference on Wednesday to show support for the charter schools, and discuss new efforts in this round, including more direct parent organizing and involvement.

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CCSA Statement Regarding the LA Superior Court Decision on CCSA's Motion for Summary Adjudication in the CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement regarding the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA’s motion for summary adjudication in the CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 lawsuit.

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Standing United as LAUSD's Public School Choice 2.0 Gets Underway

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) joined seven of the top charter schools in the Los Angeles area as they submitted their applications for schools identified by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the second round of the Public School Choice initiative, also known as PSC 2.0.

Showing a united front, the eight charter schools applied for the opportunity to run a total of nine new campuses and one existing one for the 2011-12 school year.

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