December 2011

Top 10: Most Popular Videos of 2011

Throughout 2011, CCSA posted more than 40 videos to our YouYube channel, defining the charter school movement, highlighting inspiring figures within it, and allowing students, staff and leaders to explain the tough issues facing California’s charter schools. From San Diego to Sacramento, from timelapse to interviews to animated pieces— CCSA videos run the gamut.

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19 CA Teachers, Administrators Win Scholarships to Attend Annual Charter Schools Conference

Nineteen California charter school teachers and administrators from four schools won scholarships to attend the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference being held February 27-March 1 in Sacramento.

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December 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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Capitol Weekly Response: Clarifying Confusion about CCSA's Accountability Efforts

CCSA has spent years with a broad range of external academics and consultants, researching and developing a new metric that better isolated the impact of the school while using publicly available data.

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Student Spotlight: Atsede Kahsay, SIATech Los Angeles

English Language Learners from SIATech at Los Angeles Job Corps Center interviewed each other to discover each other’s background differences and find out how life in the U.S. has changed them. This interview shares the story of Atsede Kahsay as written by Xiomara Amaya.

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12/16/11 Charter News Round-Up

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

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Sacramento Bee Response: A Charter Leader's Take

The Sacramento Bee recently posted a press release on their website from a group attacking CCSA’s call for non-renewal for underperforming charter schools.

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Synergy Academies Welcomes High School Students to the Synergy Family

Synergy Academies welcomed close to 400 students to their brand new high school, Synergy Quantum Academy. Continuing the Synergy tradition of partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Synergy Quantum Academy is co-located with two LAUSD high schools on the Central Region High School #16 campus in South Los Angeles.

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Ficha de Datos: Convocatoria para la No-Renovación de Escuelas Chárter Que No Cumplieron Con los Estándares Mínimos de Rendimiento

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CCSA Calls for the Non-Renewal of 10 Charter Schools as a Result of Academic Underperformance

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is calling today for the non-renewal of 10 charter schools from across California that are below CCSA’s Minimum Criteria for Renewal.

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Fact Sheet: Call for Non-Renewal of Charter Schools Not Meeting Minimum Performance Criteria

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Dr. Howard Fuller to Keynote 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference & Advocacy Week

CCSA is excited to announce Dr. Howard Fuller as our keynote speaker for the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference: “YOU are the Charter School Movement.”

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State Board Of Education Approves Charter-Only SELPA

This November, the State Board of Education (SBE) unanimously approved the Sonoma County Charter Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA), a charter-only SELPA which will help improve special education service delivery to students attending charter schools throughout the state. This new SELPA offers more options to charter schools by giving charters the ability to have autonomy over their special education operations.

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Woodland Poly Students Meet Udi Manber, Google's Vice President of Engineering

Offering inspiration that all things are possible to the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Woodland’s first charter high school, Udi Manber described Google’s beginning — starting in a garage in 1998 — to becoming a $30 billion company, with offices all over the world, and 30,000 employees.

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Ficha de Datos: Nuevas Escuelas Chárter en California 2011-12

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12/9/11 Charter News Round-Up

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

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Ficha de Datos: Rendición de Cuentas Académicas

El reporte del Cuadro del Movimiento delinea estándares para fortalecer el rendimiento académico de las escuelas chárter en California, y es parte de los esfuerzos para aseverar que toda escuela chárter este cumpliendo metas académicas.

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Charters on the Agenda in Oakland Unified

November 21, 2011, was a big day in Oakland for charter schools. The agenda of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education’s meeting was entirely dedicated to charters: three new and four renewing petitions were up for public hearings.

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Service Project Energizes CCSA Staff, Benefits Local Charters

CCSA staff participated in service projects that benefited three Orange County charter schools. We sat down with Fiorella Del Carpio, an Organizer for Parent and Community Engagement with Families That Can , to get her impressions.

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Families That Can Community Events Focus on African American Students Report

Families That Can (FTC), the Association’s grassroots organizing effort, hosted community events in Oakland and Los Angeles to raise awareness about CCSA’s report on African American student performance.

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Student Spotlight: Rachel Orona, SIATech Inland Empire

“Before I came to the Inland Empire Job Corps Center my life was just a black hole,” writes Rachel Orona. “I was just another poor young Latina girl from a messed up family, with no bright future and going nowhere in life.”

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12/2/11 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending November 4, 2011

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Magnolia Public Schools' Alumni Come Together at 4th Annual Thanksgiving Event

Magnolia Public Schools celebrated the achievement of its graduates during a special Thanksgiving luncheon on November 26 at its flagship school Magnolia Science Academy 1 in Reseda. About 100 MSA alumni, seniors, teachers and administrators attended the event.

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Julian Charter School Robotics Team Wins Innovative Solution Award

The new Julian Charter School robotics team recently received the Innovative Solution Award at a regional First Lego League robotics qualifying tournament in Palm Desert, California.

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