5/31/13 Charter News Round-up

Highlights of the week's news clippings

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Did You Know? CCSA's Top 10 Special Education Resources

Did you know that CCSA has over 50 online resources dedicated to special education?You will find an array of resource guides, fact sheets and online training videos covering a wide range of special education topics.

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19 Charter Students Named Gates Millenium Scholars

Nineteen California charter school students were among just 1,000 students nationwide selected for the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. GMS rewards high-performing, low-income students by fully covering the cost of pursuing a degree in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of the recipients' choice. See the full list of students and their schools.

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Health Sciences High & Middle College Students Share Their Thoughts on Education

CCSA recently Health Sciences High & Middle College and met four students who shared their thoughts on why they chose HSHMC, education reform ideas, what makes a great teacher and their dreams for the future.

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Cameron Curry, Executive Director, The Classical Academies, Discusses his New Book on Charter School Leadership

Cameron Curry is a strong advocate for school choice and he provides ongoing support to charter school developers with questions, resources, and information on independent study operations and programming.

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Parent Trigger Results in Unique Charter and District Model in Los Angeles

The "parent trigger" law was passed by the California Legislature in January 2010 and has been making headlines ever since.

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Reminder: Start Your Renewal Process Early!

If you are renewing in the 2013-14 school year, CCSA is here to support you!

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RSVP Today for Spring Regional Meetings!

CCSA's Regional Meetings offer charter school leaders a rare and important opportunity to meet in-person and focus on advocacy and collective action.

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20th Anniversary Advocacy Day Lays the Groundwork for Continuing Engagement

Nearly 200 charter school parents, leaders, teachers and students came to the State Capitol on May 8, 2013 to advocate for charter schools during the 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day.

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Spring State Budget Update

On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his 2013-14 fiscal year budget proposal.

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May 2013 Message to Members from Jed Wallace

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May has been another remarkable month for CCSA members across the state.

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5/24/13 Charter News Round-up

KPCC: Arts in schools: Charters use dance, string instruments to motivate students Sacramento Bee: Gov. Brown's school funding plan runs into lawmakers' concerns KPCC: Which revenue picture will state lawmakers use for public schools? LA Times: California drops a...

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5/17/2013 Charter News Round-up

Marysville Appeal Democrat: Walden advocates for charter schools at Capitol EdSource: Lower-income districts would benefit from 55 percent parcel tax threshold, study suggests Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Love could kill Jerry Brown's school plan LA Times: Editorial: A return...

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California Charters Among America's Best High Schools - Newsweek

Newsweek recognized America's top 2000 high schools. It also identified Transformative Schools and Top 25 in the West.

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KIPP Among the Nation's Top Charter School Systems

The Edith and Ely Broad Foundation named the three finalists for the 2013 Broad Prize for Charter Public Schools: **Achievement First**, **KIPP Foundation** and **Uncommon Schools**.

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5/10/13 Charter News Round-up

Sacramento Bee: California advocates mark 20 years of charter schools KTXL Fox40: California Charter Schools Seek To Spread Influence EdSource: Many charter schools to begin offering transitional kindergarten in fall 2013 LA Community Organizations: Letter to the Next Mayor...

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Parents and Charter School Leaders Will Make Their Voices Heard at the State Capitol During National Charter Schools Week

More than 150 school leaders and parents attending the California Charter Schools Association's (CCSA) 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day will meet with elected officials to discuss the impact charters are having on students and how policy will impact future charter success.

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California Charter Schools Association's 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

About 150 charter school leaders and parents will attend the California Charter Schools Association's (CCSA) 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day and will meet with elected officials to discuss the impact charter schools are having on students and how current legislative policy will impact future success.

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More than Simply Distinguished Schools, These Charters are "Exemplary"

Four charter schools were recognized as "Exemplary Schools" for "their successful and innovative efforts to promote the arts," according to the California Department of Education (CDE).

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An Open Letter to the Next Mayor of Los Angeles

We are pleased that LA's mayoral candidates are having a debate focused on education on May 7th and will listen with interest to what they have to say. We hope LA's next mayor will use the role to push for great public schools.

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5/3/13 Charter News Round-Up

KNBC Los Angeles: Granada Hills Charter Wins 3rd Consecutive National Academic Decathlon, El Camino Real Charter places 2nd LA Daily News: CHIME charter wins state special education award EdSource: Washington and Sacramento must end Cold War on education EdSource:...

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