February 2012

Sacramento's St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7) Named Charter School of the Year

Hart Vision Charter School of the Year Award to St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7) Charter presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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CCSA Presents Award for Volunteer of the Year To WISH Charter School Parent Erika Higgins Ross

Hart Vision Charter School Volunteer of the Year Award to Erika Higgins Ross of WISH Charter School presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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February 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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Excerpt of Dr. Howard Fuller's Rousing Keynote Address at the 19th Annual Califorina Charter Schools Conference

An excerpt of Dr. Howard Fuller’s remarks delivered on February 28, 2012, at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference. The conference’s theme was “YOU are the charter school movement.”

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Gabriella Charter School Receives 2012's Hart Vision Charter School Of The Year Award

Hart Vision Charter School of the Year Award to Gabriella Charter presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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CCSA Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Leader of the Year To Rocklin Academy's Dr. David Patterson

Hart Vision Charter Leader of the Year Award to Dr. David Patterson of Rocklin Academy presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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CCSA Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Teacher of the Year To San Jacinto Valley Academy's Kelly Sullivan Perez

Hart Vision Teacher of the Year Award to Kelly Sullivan Perez of San Jacinto Valley Academy presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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Second Annual "Portrait of the Movement" Report Rates California's Charter Schools' Performance

CCSA releases second annual Portrait of the Movement report.

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Ficha de Datos: Reporte 2012 del Retrato del Movimiento

Cómo las escuelas chárter están transformando la educación de California

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Student Spotlight: Xiomara Amaya, 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 Xiomara Amaya as written by Atsede Kahsay.

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Scenes from Schools: Environmental Charter School High School

“What was the point of trying to get to college,” thought Rigo Estrada, “if I could not afford to go to the university I applied to?” How Environmental Charter High School helped him answer that question.

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February 2012 Message to Members from Jed Wallace

A message to members from CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace

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Charter Teachers Share their Secrets to Success

Join us at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference to hear about the great teaching and learning going on in charter school classrooms throughout California. Our all-new teacher strand includes sessions on curriculum areas, closing the achievement gap, standards alignment, and more.

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A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 28, programming at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will include a number of special sessions focused on underserved students.

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Join Us for the 2012 Charter School Funding Equity Rally!

On February 29, supporters of the California charter school movement gathered on the steps of the Capitol to demand funding equity. Why? Because charter school students are public school students. They should have access to same levels of funding as any other public school student!

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Student Spotlight: Janeth Mendoza, 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 Janeth Mendoza as written by Jose Ortega.

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Prop. 39 Cycle Forges Ahead

The Proposition 39 cycle continues to move forward this year, and on February 1, we once again marked the deadline for districts to respond to charter schools that applied for facilities with preliminary offers. Charter schools are required to respond to these preliminary offers by March 1. In the past, many districts have not complied with Prop. 39, and with that in mind, CCSA has been monitoring the process closer than ever.

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2/10/12 Charter News Round-Up

Summary of charter news stories for the week ending on February 10, 2012.

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Pre-Conference Workshop Helps Schools Access Funds through the Public Charter School Grant Program

The California Charter Schools Association is proud to announce the return of a free one-day pre-conference program, the Public Charter School Grant Program Workshop. This event is full of trainings and resources to help your school access funds through the Public Charter School Grant Program.

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From Special Education Instruction and Budgeting to SELPA Status

The special education strand at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will take on all of the latest issues facing special education leaders. Our sessions take in a wide range of topics from instruction and budgeting to SELPA status.

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Curious About Online Learning?

The 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will feature a full schedule of sessions designed to introduce charter schools to the rapidly growing area of blended and online learning programs.

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Facilities Acquisition and Financing Take Center Stage

Identifying and securing adequate facilities for charter students is a challenging task for many of our state’s charter schools. Attendees at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will be able to take advantage of strong facilities-related sessions.

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Helping Charters Create Fiscal Stability

Charter schools throughout California continue to struggle with budget and cash flow issues, due to funding inequities between charter schools and traditional public schools. Expert presenters at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will support you in balancing you budget and helping you to create long-term fiscal stability for your school.

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"We Went to the Rally to be Given a Voice about Our School"

“All I’m asking for is that you give the ‘Schools We Can Believe In’ rally a true voice about what we were actually there for,” writes Aurora Finley, a 10th grade charter school student, in response to an ABC7 news story. This letter is one of 60 sent by students to the TV station regarding its coverage of the event.

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5,000+ L.A. Parents Demand Better Public Schools at the "Schools We Can Believe In" Rally

On Saturday, Feb. 4, well over 5,000 parents, students and teachers from across Los Angeles joined education officials and leaders for the “Schools We Can Believe In” rally at Exposition Park, to demand high-quality public schools in every neighborhood, quality space and equal funding for all public school students.

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2/3/12 Charter News Round-Up

Charter school news for the week ending for the week ending on February 3, 2012.

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Best Practices Summit Brings Together Board Members, Governance Experts

The Board Member Best Practices Summit is a special one-day program for school leaders and governance board members held during the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

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Fact Sheet: Sacramento City USD Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Sacramento City USD Charter Schools

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Fact Sheet: San Francisco USD Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Charters in San Francisco Unified School District

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Fact Sheet: Oakland Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Charters in Oakland Unified School District

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Fact Sheet: Fresno Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Charters in Fresno Unified School District

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Fact Sheet: San Bernardino USD Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Charters in San Bernardino Unified School District

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Fact Sheet: LAUSD Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Charters in Los Angeles Unified School District

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Fact Sheet: San Diego Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of Charters in San Diego Unified School District

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Fact Sheet: California Charter Schools

Growth and Performance of charter schools in California

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Conference Strand Helps Schools Work Effectively with Authorizers

Many of our schools are looking for new strategies to work effectively with authorizers, so we have designed a strand focused specifically on Authorizer Relations at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

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