September 2011

"Forty Zip Codes" by Macy Olivas

Macy Olivas, a graduate of the Preuss School UCSD, writes that access to an effective education at a San Diego-area charter school was her ticket to college.

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Charter School Bills

CCSA ramped up our advocacy efforts this year in response to a vast increase in the number of anti-charter school bills introduced in the Legislature. Because of member participation and CCSA’s advocacy efforts, no bills are headed to the Governor for his signature or veto that CCSA opposes.

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Fact Sheet: 2011 CCSA Statewide Public Opinion Results

The strongest predictor of opinion about charter schools remains the experiences, direct or indirect, that people have with them. Charter students, parents, teachers, leaders and supporters are therefore critical in our drive to secure strong public support.

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Alliance, KIPP and Rocketship Awarded Major Federal Expansion Grants

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week charter school grants totaling $25 million to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools. Recipients included three charter operators with schools in California.

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Gabriella Charter School: Learning Through Dance

Gabriella Charter School offers students, families and the community of Echo Park a rigorous standards-based K-8 academic program with music, visual arts and daily one-hour dance instruction.

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Scenes from Schools: Valor Academy

“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. Today’s “Scenes” take place across the state, in the form of sleep-away camps organized for students by Valor Academy in Arleta.

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Redding School of the Arts Cuts Ribbon on New LEED-Certified Campus

Students from Redding School of the Arts are now housed on a new campus off of Shasta View Drive in Redding that unites children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade who have been taught in two separate locations for years. Strikingly, the campus boasts LEED certification, the US Green Building Council’s coveted certification and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

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September 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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9/23/11 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending September 16, 2011.

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Celerity Opens New School on Shuttered Compton Unified Campus

The new Celerity Sirius charter school located on a closed Compton Unified campus represents an unprecedented collaboration between the charter, the community and local educational agencies.

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Proposition 39 at Work in Sacramento City Unified

The Association has been supporting members in Sacramento City Unified School District on facility issues for the past three years, and a lot has changed since 2008.

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Talking with the Teacher of the Year: Meredith Dadigan

We recently took advantage of the summer break to squeeze in a few minutes with Meredith Dadigan, the 2011 Hart Vision Teacher of the Year. Dadigan is an elementary school teacher at Aspire Titan Academy in Los Angeles, one of 30 Aspire schools throughout California.

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Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre las Escuelas Charter

InformaciĆ³n para padres

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More Charter Projects to be Funded due to Recent State Allocation Board Decisions

Because of intricacies of the charter program, charter schools have historically been disadvantaged in the school construction process. The current State Allocations Board recognized this disadvantage and recently began working to put charters on an equal playing field with the rest of the school facilities projects.

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Fact Sheet: 2011 Fiscal Wins for Charter Schools

CCSA has achieved wins at the legislative level that result in more funds for charters, and has been successful in defeating legislation that would cost charters dearly.

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First Person: A Visit to Capitol Collegiate School Visit

Capitol Collegiate is located in a rough area of south Sacramento. Their goal is to deliver a rigorous college preparatory program to inner city students in grades K-8. The school will serve over 500 students when full, with the majority coming from socio-economically disadvantaged households.

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CCSA Statement on Departure of National Alliance for Public Charter Schools CEO Peter C. Groff

CCSA Statement on National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announcement of departure of CEO Peter C. Groff

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9/16/11 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending September 16, 2011.

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CCSA Statement Congratulating Charter Schools Honored in the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

National Blue Ribbon Award Winners were named by the U.S. Department of Education, including two California charter schools.

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CCSA Statement On Bay Area's Clayton Valley Charter Proposal

CCSA Statement asking reconsideration from Mt. Diablo Unified School District of conditions on Clayton charter approval.

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CCSA Set to Unveil New Proposition 39 Resources

CCSA knows that finding and securing facilities can be challenging work for charter schools. The Association will once again offer a variety of resources for our members, including templates, pro-bono legal reviews for member applications in selected regions, and technical support from CCSA’s Help Desk. This year, however, we will also be trying something new.

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Charters Taking the Lead on Special Education in Los Angeles Unified

A two-day summit, “Charters Taking the Lead on Special Education: Practical Ideas, Actively Taught,” was a demonstration of the great strides made by CCSA and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) members.

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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. Today’s “Scenes” takes place not on campus, but at the Grammy museum located in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Bayshore Preparatory Increases API Score by a Record 65 Points

Bayshore Preparatory Charter School Executive Director Nancy Spencer announced this week that the school has exceeded all expectations and increased its Academic Performance Index (API) score by a record 65 points.

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9/9/11 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending September 9, 2011.

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St. HOPE Public School 7 Continues Outstanding Achievement on the CSTs and maintains API

For the seventh consecutive year PS7 showed gains on the CST, both overall and relative to their peers. PS7 students were the highest performing students in the Sacramento City Unified School District on ten of seventeen CSTs and they were the second, third or fourth highest performing on three additional exams.

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Los Angeles Wave Response: Charters are Public Schools, Open to All

Charter schools in Los Angeles are partners with the district and the broader community in improving our public schools. We all share the same goal - for all students to have access to a high-quality public education.

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Sacramento Charter High School Continues Outstanding CST Achievement

Sacramento Charter High School students again showed strong gains on the CST, both overall and relative to their peers, and continue to prove that when provided a high quality, college-prep education, all students can rise to the challenge and the achievement gap can be closed.

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Scenes from Schools: SIATech Inland Empire

“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. Today’s “Scenes,” was written by Ernie Silva, Director of External Affairs for SIATech.

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9/2/11 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending September 2, 2011.

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Bullis Charter School Ranks as the Top-Performing Public School in Los Altos School District

Bullis Charter School announced that it earned 984 on the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) growth score, making it the highest-performing public school serving Los Altos School District students.

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