3/29/13 Charter News Round-Up

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Connect Community Charter-Redwood City's only charter school-to debut in August Marysville Appeal Democrat: YES looks to reverse school board's 'no' Committee on Ed&Workforce: Rep. Miller Receives Hart Vision Award LA School Report: Lawmaker Supports Teacher...

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New videos: Teachers Take on Policy

Charter school teachers offer a unique perspective and add an important voice to education policy discussions. But how can they get involved? Find out in these new videos.

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3/22/13 Charter News Round-Up

Oakland Tribune: Oakland's Lighthouse named charter school of the year California's Children: Fenton Ave school is a Hart Vision Charter of the year Pacific Palisades Patch: Pali High's Jeanne Saiza Honored as Charter Teacher of the Year Anderson Valley...

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The Dream is Now Campaign Launches to Support the DREAM Act

An exciting new campaign called The Dream is Now has been launched to support The DREAM Act.

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Did You Know? 5 Ways You Can Help the Charter School Movement

During the past 20 years, charter schools have been reinventing public education in California, growing to 1,065 schools serving 484,000 students across the state. Here are five ways you can continue to propel the movement.

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Alice Miller: Reflections on 20 Years in the Movement from One of the First Charter School Parents

In 1992, parent Alice Miller connected with Don Shalvey, superintendent of San Carlos School District in the Bay Area, and the two joined with other parents, educators and community leaders to found California's first charter school - the San Carlos Charter Learning Center.

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It's A Wrap! Highlights from the 20th Annual CCSA Conference

The 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference and Anniversary Celebration, held March 11 - 14, 2013 in San Diego, was host to 3,500 charter leaders, supporters, advocates and parents, and featured many highlights, including a look back at 20 years of the movement.

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Preparing for The Common Core State Standards: What You Need to Know

Learn what charter schools be doing right now to prepare to implement the CCSS. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades K-12 are national educational standards which were adopted by the California State Board of Education in 2010.

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CCSA's Credit Enhancement Program: Supporting CCSA Member Facility Financing

CSA's credit enhancement program, the California Charter Building Fund (CCBF) helps to provide competitively-priced capital for member schools for the purchase, construction and renovation of facilities.

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Spring into Action: Register Now for Advocacy Day

On May 8, families, teachers and school leaders will gather in Sacramento at CCSA's 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day. We hope that you will join us.

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Legislative Update: The Bill Cycle Begins Again

February 22 was the last day for legislators to introduce legislation for the 2013 year. All of the introduced bills will now be vetted through multiple policy committees, have their cost analyzed by fiscal committees and be voted on by both houses of the legislature.

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Podcast: Politics & Advocacy 101 for Teachers

CCSA hosted a great panel discussion on how teachers can get involved in policy and advocacy at the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego this March.

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Keynote Address: 20 Years of the Charter School Movement

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In celebration of the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference and Anniversary Celebration, Jed Wallace presented a keynote address to 3,500 conference attendees.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Highlights

The 20th Anniversary California Charters Conference was attended by 3,500 teachers, leaders and parents. Re-live the special moments or discover what you missed: awards, youth performances and presentations by keynote speakers. Please check back as we will be adding video...

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3/15/13 Charter News Round-Up

San Diego Union Tribune: Charter Schools Focus of Four-Day Conference San Diego Union Tribune: Have charter schools grown too fast? San Diego Union Tribune: Rhee: Not all charters created equal Education Week: L.A. Chief John Deasy: Depoliticize Education Research...

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What you missed at "Tell Your Story: Charter Schools Using Communications Tools to Stand Out"

CCSA's communications team lead a breakout session at this year's California Charter Schools Conference on how schools can develop a powerful key message and put together an integrated communications strategy for maximum impact. Get links to the presentation and useful resources!

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San Diego Unified School District is Awarded the Hart Vision Brian Bennett Authorizer of the Year - the Highest Honor for a California Charter Authorizer

The SDUSD's collaborative efforts produced something truly historic -passage of a facilities bond that will greatly support the learning of all students in San Diego.

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Barbara Grimm-Marshall's Commitment to Fertile Young Minds is Celebrated with the California Charter Schools Association's Hart Vision Award

As co-owner of Grimmway Farms, one of the largest and most respected agriculture companies in California, Barbara has been dedicated to support schools in and around Bakersfield, not only for her company's employees, but for all students in the region.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference March 12-14: Raising the expectations of public schools and student achievement

More than 3,500 charter leaders and supporters will gather to celebrate people, innovation and academic achievement in California's charter schools.

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Hart Vision Award for Charter School Volunteer of the Year is Shared by Meadows Art and Technology Charter School Parents Tommy & Cheryl Kitahata

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Hart Vision Award for Charter Volunteer of the Year was presented to Tommy and Cheryl Kitahata, parent volunteers with Meadows Art and Technology Charter School (MATES), founded in the Thousand Oaks area of Los Angeles in 2009.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Teacher of the Year to Jeanne Saiza of Palisades Charter High School

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Charter schools in California were created to give teachers opportunities to be innovative and transformative leaders, and Jeanne Saiza - Hart Vision Teacher of the Year- brings these qualities to her work with faculty, families and students alike," said Dr. Pamela Magee,

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Leader of the Year Jackie Elliot

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The Hart Vision Award for the outstanding Charter Leader of the Year was presented to Jacqueline Elliot, Ed.D., of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) schools. As co-founder and CEO of PUC schools, Dr. Elliot opened Community Charter Middle School in 1999 and now operates 12 schools.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year to Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland

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The Lighthouse Community Charter School student population is made up of a diverse student body that comes from almost every neighborhood in Oakland, California. Boasting 95% of its three graduating classes having been accepted to a 4-year college, 9 in 10 of the students will be the first in their family to go to college.

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Fenton Avenue Charter School Receives the Hart Vision School of the Year Award for its Leadership and Continued Success in School Transformation

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While known as a model of success, Fenton Avenue Charter School is awarded the Hart Vision award for doing something unprecedented - taking over a conversion school that was struggling.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award to Congressman George Miller

The annual conference, held March 12-14, 2013 in San Diego, draws the charter movement's best and brightest leaders, teachers and families.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Pays Tribute with Legacy Awards: Charter School Operators, Supporters, Funders and Elected Officials are Honored

CCSA Legacy Awards recognize 30 distinguished awardees in four categories--charter school operators, supporters, funders and elected officials. These categories emphasize that the unique strength of California's charter school sector is born of the diversity we have within our charter school community.

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California Charter School Conference Celebrates 20 Years: 3,000+ Charter Leaders, Teachers and Parents Gather in San Diego

With one in seven of the nation's charter schools located in California, the three-day annual conference draws the charter movement's best and brightest leaders and is the largest state charter school conference in the country.

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3/8/13 Charter News Round-Up

New York Times: Inside the World of Charter Schools-Letter from Wallace Los Angeles Times Blog: Teachers union to vote on stand against Deasy policies Palo Alto Online: A champion for charter schools Press Release: Top Urban Public Charter School...

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3/1/13 Charter News Round-Up

Review of the week's top charter school stories in California for the week ending February 22.

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