Charter School Leaders Working Group is a Lesson in Success

Sacramento Charter School Leaders (SCSL) is an example of how effective teams spur success through collaboration. The SCCL is a great model for charters looking to exchange ideas that benefit the students they serve.

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50K Students on Waitlists for CA Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) has released the results of a new survey estimating that 520,000 students across the nation are on waitlists for charter public schools.

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Sacramento County Charter School Teacher of the Year

Exuberance, attention to detail and an ability to recognize small strides as progress are trademarks of the 2014 Sacramento County Charter School Teacher of the Year, Vanessa Belair. This year, charter schools were invited by Sacramento County Office of Education to nominate a teacher.

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California Charter Schools and Students Win Major Awards

Charter public schools throughout the state are recognized for excellence in serving public school students, including low-income and special education students. Read more about the honors and see how California charter schools place on the US News Top Schools list.

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Fact Sheet: A New Approach to Providing Special Education Services in Los Angeles Charter Schools

In January 2011, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to restructure the existing Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to provide charter schools a new option with full responsibility, flexibility and autonomy for serving students with disabilities.

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CCSA's Myrna Castrejón is Named a Walton Family Foundation Education Reformer To Watch

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Myrna Castrejón was recognized by the Walton Family Foundation for work that empowers families with high-quality, publicly funded educational options. In honoring Castrejón, the foundation will donate $10,000 to Language Academy of Sacramento (LAS), a K-8 dual language immersion charter school focused on historically underserved populations.

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Did You Know? 5 Reasons Your School Should Enroll in Charter Advantage

CCSA has a great program to help our member schools save time and money. Charter Advantage is a group purchasing program offering charter relevant products and services at **significant discounts**, exclusively for our members.

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The 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference Summer Registration Special!

Before you turn off your cell phone and head to the beach, take 5 minutes to lock-in the lowest available registration rate for the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference and don't pay until spring 2014!

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Help Shape Public Policy: Participate in the Facilities Survey!

The Charter School Facilities Initiatives Survey is a comprehensive analysis of the issues and challenges facing California's charter schools and their access to affordable, adequate facilities.

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CCSA's Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Updates

We are pleased to share that the Fillmore Unified School District (Fillmore) refused to challenge the ruling which found in favor of the teachers the district retaliated against for their efforts to convert a failing district school to a charter - giving finality to the decision.

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Renewal Resources for Members: Remember to Start the Process Early!

In order to make the renewal process as easy as possible for our members, the Association has several renewal resources available.

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Charter Schools Make Gains, According to 26-State CREDO Study

A new national study finds improvement in the overall performance of charter schools, driven in part by the presence of more high-performing charters and closure of under-performing charter schools.

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Webinar: Learn About the New State Budget and the Impact on Your School

Wondering how your school will be impacted by the State Budget? Please join CCSA's Government Affairs team on **Friday, July 12 from 11:00 am - Noon**, for a webinar on the final 2013-14 State Budget and the Local Control Funding Formula.

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May 2013 Message to Members from Jed Wallace

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As we wind up the school year during which charter schools celebrated our first two decades of success and momentum in California, we find that something of great importance has occurred in the past few weeks which has the potential to provide charter schools the long term stability we will need to have even higher levels of success and impact in the decades to come.

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Charter Schools Make Gains, According to 26-State CREDO Study

A new national study finds improvement in the overall performance of charter schools, driven in part by the presence of more high-performing charters and closure of under-performing charter schools. This study is a follow-up to the 2009 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University.

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Support for Recommendation to Uphold Revocation of AIMS' Charter

Editor: I am writing to support the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) leadership in its recommendation to uphold the revocation of the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) charters.

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An Alternative to Special Day Classes: PUC Schools Implements a New Approach

In the past, students with special needs were separated from their classmates and pushed into separate classes and schools. Over the past decade, educators have moved from exclusion towards inclusion. But how do you design a school program to support that approach? In 2010, PUC Schools piloted a new model - see their successes to date and what they've learned.

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Governor Brown's Budget is a Historic Milestone for All Public School Students

"We commend the Governor and California's Legislature for having created a fairer and more rational way of funding all public schools in the state and for having directed greater funding to schools serving high need students while providing greater flexibility to school districts to address the needs of students.

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KIPP LA Teacher Wins Prestigious Nationwide Award from Teach For America

Hoang Pham, who teaches first graders at KIPP Empower Academy, was recently one of four teachers in the country selected for the Sue Lehmann Award from among 23 semi-finalists and 117 regional nominees.

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Da Vinci Schools Hosts SpaceX President for Young Women's Career Conference

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Nothing beats real world learning - students at Da Vinci recently got a shot of real world inspiration from Gwynne Shotwell, who shared her passion for engineering.

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19 of 24 Top High Schools in LA are Charter Schools

A recent article in LA School Report ranked schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) based off the state's similar schools rank.

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6/7/13 Charter School Round-Up

Univision KUVS: Huerta, Castrejon discuss education(Spanish) Cabinet Report: Legislation would subject charter schools to disclosure laws Palo Alto Online: Palo Alto schools not top-performing for Latino, low-income students EdSource: No year's delay: Deal likely on school finance reform, Steinberg...

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2013 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships Honor Five Outstanding High School Seniors

The California Charter Schools Association is proud to award $1,500 college scholarships to five deserving charter high school graduates at Association member schools.

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"Go forth and make your mistakes" - Words from a Graduate

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It may be hard to believe a student with a 4.61 GPA could ever make mistakes or lack courage. "I was a coward," Hamidah Mahmud told her fellow graduates at Granada Hills Charter High School's commencement last week. Read the rest of her great speech!

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South LA Charter School Named Best Urban Elementary School in America

Synergy Charter Academy in South Los Angeles has been named the Best Urban Elementary School in America by the National Center for Urban School Transformation. Synergy's 953 API makes it the highest performing elementary in Los Angeles - 88 percent of the school's students qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

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New Report: Charter Schools Over-represented Among Best Public Schools Serving Latinos in San Jose

A new report on Silicon Valley public schools finds low rates of college-readiness for Latino, African American and Pacific Islander students - but some high-performing charter schools are bucking that trend.

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