Thousands of L.A. Parents Will Rally for "Schools We Can Believe In" on Saturday, Feb. 4

op city officials and education leaders are expected to join thousands of parents at a citywide rally this Saturday, February 4, at Exposition Park in front of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to demand better public schools in Los Angeles. Among the featured speakers are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD Board President Mónica García and Superintendent John Deasy.

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Introducing Advocacy Week at the California Charter Schools Conference

Advocacy Week will be a special event running from the beginning to the end of the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference. During Advocacy Week, you will have multiple opportunities for face-to-face interactions with legislators and policymakers whose decisions impact your students.

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CCSA Statement on AB 1172 Passing the Assembly Floor

CCSA Press Statement Regarding Passage of AB 1172, which would make it harder for charter schools to be approved by school districts, passed the Assembly Floor.

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Member Perspective: Embracing Excellence

"Our philosophy is simple: we should do more of that works, and less of what doesn't," writes Judy Burton, President and CEO of Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. "We know people need to hear from the parents and students who are benefiting from more choice, better schools, and a wider array of options." That's why she's joining the Schools We Can Believe in Rally on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles.

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1/27/12 Charter News Round-Up

Round-up of top charter school stories in California for the week ending on January 27, 2012.

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New Videos Dispel Charter Myths

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Are charter schools open to all students? Do they serve students with special needs? Get the answers first-hand from charter school leaders with our new series of videos!

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CCSA Statement on LAO Report Comparing Funding for Charter Schools and Their School District Peers

This statement was issued today by Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) regarding the release by the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) of a report comparing funding for charter schools and their school district peers.

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Member Perspectives: CA Needs to Fund its Public Schools

"One of the most critical problems facing education right now is that California is simply not funding its public schools equitably," writes Alison Diaz, founder of Environmental Charter High School. That's why she's joining the Schools We Can Believe in Rally on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles.

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January 2012 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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Second Annual Portrait of the Movement Coming in February

As a key element of our efforts to deepen the understanding of the academic performance of all charter public schools in California, our annual report on trends and results, Portrait of the Movement, will again be published in mid-February.

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Charter Community Will Show Our Strength in Major Rallies This Spring

A rally in Los Angeles is one of several events being planned across the state this spring to demonstrate that the charter school movement simply will not be held back. In Sacramento, charter supporters will rally on the capitol steps during the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference and Advocacy Week.

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Los Angeles Charters to Benefit from DonorsChoose Gift Cards Distributed at Starbucks

Beginning January 23, nearly 200 Los Angeles Starbucks stores will distribute 285,000 $10 DonorsChoose gift cards that parents and community members can use towards projects at the school of their choice. Charter teachers: post your classroom project today to get funded!

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Redesigned Regional Meetings Offer Localized Discussion, Networking

Based on feedback from members, the Association's Statewide Advocacy team has redesigned regional meetings to be more interactive, with members serving as active participants from the development of the agenda to the presentation of information. Now more than ever, regional meetings are designed to draw on the collective wisdom of CCSA resources and your charter colleagues in order to address important state and local issues.

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CA Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Bullis Charter School, Denies Review of Landmark Prop. 39 Decision

California Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Bullis Charter Proposition 39 Case

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January 2012 Message to Members from Jed Wallace

A message to members from CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace

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CCSA Statement on National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Ranking Of State Charter School Laws

Press statement on National Alliance for Public Charter Schools report ranking of state charter school laws.

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1/13/12 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending January 13, 2012.

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Who is the 2012 Charter School Volunteer of the Year?

The Hart Vision Awards recognize individuals and schools that have made significant contributions to the Association's mission to increase student achievement by supporting and expanding California's quality charter public school movement. Are you wondering who will receive the 2012 Hart Vision California Charter School Volunteer of the Year award?

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Student Spotlight: Williams Pirir, 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 Williams Pirir, as written by Tibebu Gessesse & "Lois" Yanling Xie.

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Member Perspectives: We Must Stand Up For Students Now

Dr. Jacqueline Elliott of PUC Schools shares why she and 2,000 parents, students and teachers from her schools will be participating in the "Schools We Can Believe In" rally on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's 2012-13 Budget Proposal

Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2012-13 Budget proposal, which vows to protect public education funding. On behalf of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), President and CEO Jed Wallace issued this following statement.

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Ficha de Datos: Participa en la Defensa Legislativa Comunitaria

La Defensa Legislativa Comunitaria es clave para promulgar las escuelas chárter. Esta ficha de datos da un resumen de como luchar por las escuelas chárter, y promulgar su crecimiento.

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Student Spotlight: Iris Perez, Oakland Unity High School

Iris Perez, a student at Oakland Unity Charter High School, is a finalist for one of this year's Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships. Here, Iris writes about how a unique experience relates to the person she is today.

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