April 2011

Granada Hills Charter High School Captures First National Academic Decathlon Title

Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) took first place in the National Academic Decathlon competition in a crowded field that included past national champions J. Frank Dobie High School (Texas) and Waukesha High School (Wisconsin).

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4/29/11 Charter News Round-Up

CCSA Congratulates Maria Casillas of Families in Schools on her New Role

This week, the non-profit Families in School announced two staff transitions - that founding President and CEO Maria Casillas was leaving to take a new position at Los Angeles Unified School District and that long-time employee Oscar Cruz would be taking over the helm at the non-profit. Allison Bajracharya, Los Angeles Managing Regional Director for the California Charter Schools Association, released this statement on these changes.

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April 2011 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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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's Appointment of Sue Burr as Executive Director of the State Board of Education

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued this statement in responsive to Governor Jerry Brown’s Appointment of Sue Burr as Executive Director of the State Board of Education.

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California Charter School a Finalist in "Race to the Top Commencement Challenge"

High Tech High International is one of the top six finalists in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge put on by the White House. Teams of students had to submit essays and videos on why their school is exemplary. High Tech High International students worked collaboratively for weeks to produce their video, which we all now have the opportunity to view and rate, with an eye toward having President Obama speak at the school’s commencement.

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How to Make the Most of National Charter Schools Week

Every year as the first week in May approaches, we encourage charter schools to take advantage of National Charter Schools Week by using it as a spring board for getting the word out about their charter school. We encourage charters to invite legislators, board members, parents and community members to visit their school and see firsthand what charters are about. Last year, Edward B. Cole Academy held its first-annual “C.O.L.E. Day - Celebration of Literacy in Education” to commemorate the week.

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CCSA Statement Lauding 2011 California Distinguished Schools

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement applauding the winners of the 2011 California Distinguished Schools Award.

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4/8/11 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending April 8, 2011.

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Third Round of Public School Choice Kicks Off in LA

The third round of Public School Choice has officially kicked off with potential applicants submitting letters of intent for 39 schools projected to serve over 50,000 students at 17 new campuses and 22 “focus schools,” which are under-performing existing schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Public School Choice resolution allows non-district school operators - like charter schools, teacher teams, and community groups - the opportunity to apply to run schools.

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