External Opportunity: May 8 Webinar "Bully Prevention: Responding to Bullying and Building a Culture of Kindness in Schools"
Project Suicide Prevention Intervention Now (SPIN) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) have partnered to offer a free webinar for dministrators, teachers, mental health personnel, and after-school personnel.
Teach Plus is hosting a free candidate forum open to all teachers - a great opportunity to meet the two candidates to represent the San Fernando Valley and to network with both charter and district teachers.
Questions about Common Core implementation? Don't miss this in-person workshop presented by The Center for College & Career Readiness, in partnership with the California Charter Schools Association.
See a map and access printable handouts and templates you can use to engage your parents and school staff around the upcoming LAUSD election on May 21. All materials are non-partisan and appropriate for use on your school campus.
Students can submit their films to the Burbank International Film Festival free of cost - submit by May 31 for consideration! Top films will be screened at the festival.
The LAUSD Board of Education recently failed to approve the expansion of a high-performing, award-winning charter school when it effectively "split" consideration of the school's renewal charter petition into two motions and failed to approve one of the motions. CCSA has a written a letter objecting to this action.
The charter school community is invited to apply to attend this TEDx event. Event organizers saw the need to bring thought leaders from various industries to share multi-disciplinary perspectives on ideas and challenges relevant to education.
The LA Chamber of Commerce is developing a regional STEM hub, which will kick off at a STEM Workforce Seminar in conjunction with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) on March 6. Local charter schools are invited to participate.
Educators and parents from both charter schools and traditional district schools will "March as One" on Feb. 16 to ask mayoral and LAUSD board candidates to support educational equality. The event is coordinated by LA teachers in partnership with several community groups. Join us!
The Walton Foundation has redefined the boundaries of the areas of Los Angeles that are eligible for its High Quality Charter Grant Program. See the new map!
All LAUSD-authorized charter schools will be required to select a new special education arrangement and sign a new memorandum of understanding by April 1, 2013 to take effect for the 2013-14 school year. Learn more at the Feb. 5 LA Regional Meeting!
All LA charter high school students with unique needs and their parents are invited to explore post-secondary options and community resources! Granada Hills Charter High School in partnership with Birmingham Community Charter High School is hosting an evening focused on transition.
Families in Schools is launching their annual Million Word Challenge literacy campaign. Local charter schools can register to be part of the campaign, which kicks off city-wide on Feb. 4, 2013. Registration and participation are both free.
We are excited to announce a brand new partnership that launched Jan. 10 between Granada Hills Charter High School and Leichman Special Education Center which is run by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is hosting an upcoming Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) Tier I Training for educators at its school.
On December 7, 2012, the California Court of Appeal issued a brief decision in CCSA's Prop. 39 litigation against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In an unpublished opinion, the court upheld LAUSD's use of "norming ratios" when assigning classrooms to charter schools, finding that the practice is "consistent with the intent of Proposition 39." This court decision is limited and only applies to the unique facts of LAUSD.
The LAUSD resolution that threatened to impose financial penalties on nine schools with Prop 39 facilities that were under-enrolled in 2011-12 was amended and delayed for implementation until the 2013-14 school year.
Effective July 2013, all LAUSD-authorized charter schools will be required to select one of three new special education arrangements.
Effective July 2013, all LAUSD-authorized charter schools will be required to select one of three new special education arrangements. Charter school administrators and staff are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about these options.
Thanks to the Center, grant-funded registration is being made available for all CCSA members' instruction & teacher-leader teams to the upcoming California Institutes hosted by The Common Core Institute (up to three registrations per school).
CCSA filed a motion in its ongoing case against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that challenged LAUSD's compliance with Prop. 39, the state law that requires school districts to share facilities with charter schools. The briefing in the case is complete and the Court of Appeal has scheduled argument in the matter on November 28, 2012.
LA charter leaders and teachers are invited to a Teach Plus event focusing on teacher retention. This is a unique opportunity to connect with other charter schools to discuss their concerns and best practices regarding teacher retention at your school sites. Teach Plus recently released a white paper on how charter schools can improve teacher retention.
On Friday, Oct. 26, LA Councilwoman Jan Perry will be issuing a proclamation honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Charter School Movement.
LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer's resolution is up for vote on Tuesday, Nov. 13 (right after Veteran's Day) and we are coordinating a major parent rally in opposition in front of LAUSD. Save the date!
External Opportunity: Oct. 29: "Do Unions Drive or Restrain Student Success?" with UTLA's Warren Fletcher
Warren Fletcher, President of UTLA, will join a free Education Salon put on by the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) to discuss this complex question with several other panelists.
Not sure which LAUSD board member represents your school? Find out here!
Download the full presentation from the LA Regional meeting, including the presentation on your Prop. 39 options!
Roy has taken on the role of Los Angeles Regional Director and will work very closely with all charter schools authorized by LAUSD.
Regional Charter Leaders Meetings are right around the corner. Our LA meeting is packed with great break-out sessions on everything from Common Core to Cash Flow, Special Education to Proposition 39. RSVP today!
The charter school community will be out in force for the Oct. 9 LAUSD board meeting. Read the latest updates and use our easy tool kit to spread the word.
Procopio is hosting a free seminar for charter schools on employment law in Los Angeles - RSVP today to secure a spot.
Teach Plus is working to develop an intellectual community of solutions-oriented teachers interested in engaging in conversation about issues related to the teaching profession and providing feedback and ideas to policy leaders. Are you interested in being a part? Apply by Oct. 21!
We all know the power of collaboration and the importance of having a chance to share experiences and best practices with fellow educators. Fill out this short survey today for the chance to take advantage of LA's principal support network - for free!
These sessions seek to inform eligible schools about upcoming Riordan Foundation grant opportunities and their application processes.
We had a incredible turnout from parents at the Sept. 11 board meeting. Read the full account!
Groundbreaking changes are taking place in Los Angeles charter schools in the area of special education. To make an informed decision about your new special education arrangements, all charter schools are strongly encouraged to attend the Los Angeles Area Charter Leaders Meeting.
We know Prop 39 can sometimes be a challenge, but don't worry! We have a break out session at the regional meeting on October 2 designed to make the process a little easier.
CCSA's General Counsel issued a letter on Friday to LAUSD's General Counsel, expressing concerns with the legality of Board Member Zimmer's resolution and asking that the Board delay its consideration of the Resolution until CCSA's concerns can be addressed.
This week, LAUSD Boardmember Steve Zimmer introduced a resolution to postpone the approval of all new charter petitions. The resolution also would establish a new oversight committee and requires that all charters adopt ISIS by January 1, 2013. Get out the word to your parents and join us at the Sept. 11 meeting!
Charter school teachers in Los Angeles are invited to a a conversation and reception with current LAUSD Superintendent, Dr. John Deasy hosted by Teach Plus.
LAUSD-authorized charter schools are invited to learn more about their SELPA options, including the "Charter Operated Programs" (Option 3).
Teachers and educators get in free at an upcoming half-day conference on education technology in Los Angeles!
The Los Angeles charter school community is invited to an event celebrating LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia on Friday.
Teach Plus is offering two free workshops this summer for teachers on July 25 and August 1. Learn how to tell your story for impact and write op-eds and blog posts for publication!
Los Angeles charter schools recently received a letter from the LAUSD Charter Schools Division regarding Transitional Kindergarten. This informative is intended to help you respond to the letter and to understand the California Charter Schools Association's reading of SB 1381.
Please register today for the Spring Charter Leader Regional Meeting Webinar
Presentations given at the meeting are included below.
We are happy to congratulate two schools on their charter approvals!
Local educators are invited to a discussion hosted by Educators 4 Excellence on Wednesday, May 30.
CCSA files motion in its Prop. 39 case against LAUSD challenging LAUSD's classroom space allocation to charter schools.
CCSA requests that the court order LAUSD to re-calculate the number of classrooms allocated to charter schools under Prop. 39 using the method required by the regulations.
In response to member interest, our May 30 regional meeting is offering some in-depth sessions on these key topics - see more details including the presenters and don't forget to register today!
LAUSD's Office of Support and Intervention is hosting a Best Practices Conference for Co-Located Schools on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Do you have insights to share? LAUSD is current seeking speakers to share best practices.
Allison Bajracharya has been promoted to Vice President of Regional Advocacy and Corri Ravare is being promoted to head the LA Advocacy Team, in addition to her current responsibilities as Executive Director for Families That Can.
Teachers and educators from the charter school community are invited May 16 to a town hall forum hosted by Teach Plus.
We couldn't be prouder of the students from Granada Hills Charter High School's Academic Decathlon team who cinched the national title this weekend!
CCSA will host a roundtable meeting to review and discuss LACOE's Charter School Support Fees
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), in partnership with EdCapital Services, has launched a new working capital program for eligible charter schools in Los Angeles County. Informational webinars are coming up May 2 and 7 - register now!
Register today! The next regional meeting will have a focus on board governance issues and fundraising.
Members asked for more training on fundraising and board governance issues at the spring regional meeting. We heard you! Please take this 5-minute survey to tell us more so we can tailor our spring regional meeting to your needs!
CCSA's California Charter Building Fund (CCBF) has helped member charter schools of all sizes obtain financing to purchase, construct or renovate facilities.
CCSA has been made aware of some recent instances of hostility by District staff and students towards charter schools which have been offered co-locations at LAUSD facilities. Supt. Deasy wrote a letter this week telling staff to stop this behavior.
On Tuesday, April 10, Jardin de la Infancia's renewal petition was unanimously approved by the LA County Office of Education board. A BIG congratulations to Jardin!
Congrats to the staff and students at Alliance College-Ready Public School's Gertz-Ressler High on this huge honor! Check out the story on our News Blog.
This is the workshop charter school board members DON'T want to miss! Find out everything you need to know to be a responsible steward of your school from the Brown Act to financial and academic oversight.
LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser announced he wouldn't support anything charter-related, Families That Can immediately put out an action alert. Parents responded in force and have already sent more than 300 emails.
On April 1, districts were required to provide charter schools who requested district facilities under Proposition 39, final notifications. If you have not received a final notification, CCSA recommends that you follow up with a letter requesting a final offer immediately.
Thank you to all the schools who have submitted bus reimbursements for the February 4 "Schools We Can Believe In" rally in Los Angeles. If you haven't submitted your bus reimbursement yet, please do so as soon as possible.
Do you know a child who would benefit from attending an outdoor camp this summer? Camp Max Straus in Glendale serves children ages 7-12, offering a low-cost program and financial aid.
LA charter school teachers are invited to join Teach Plus on Thursday, April 19 for an interactive, hands-on working session where you and your colleagues will design your "ideal" teacher evaluation.
LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser recently announced that he intends to vote against all charter-related items due to the district's financial difficulties. He needs to hear from school leaders, teachers and parents in his district today! Use our action to get out the word.
ECHS in Lawndale is one of just four California schools nominated for the Inaugural Green Ribbon Awards, out of 49 applicants. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the honor at a press conference at the school earlier this week.
Beginning February 1, LACOE moved its STRS reporting deadline up by ten days, drastically reducing the amount of time charter operators and back office providers have to process and submit payments for STRS submissions. CCSA is working to see if this deadline could be extended.
On March 13, Bennett Kayser, who represents east, northeast and southeast LA for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board, announced that he plans to vote "NO" on everything related to charter schools, no matter whether that school is doing a great job. He needs to hear from charter school parents. Our action kit makes it easy to get out the word to your school community.
Ten inspiring teachers are competing for one $10,000 classroom grant and it's up to you to decide who will win. Visit GOOD magazine today to vote for Daryl Bilandzija of Odyssey Charter School in Altadena!
Last week, LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser indicated directly to CCSA and publicly at the LAUSD Board meeting that he intended to vote against all charter-related items in last week's board agenda due to the district's financial difficulties.
On March 13, the LAUSD Board voted 6-1 to approve a five-year, $298-per parcel tax on properties within district boundaries to go on the November 2012 ballot. The parcel tax includes ALL public schools within LAUSD...
All seven LAUSD charter schools up for renewal before the board last week were renewed. Congratulations to Magnolia, Celerity, Watts Learning Center and ICEF, which all had schools renewed!
Laura McGowan, Executive Director and Founder of Crown Preparatory Academy in south Los Angeles was honored this past week as one of the Black Alliance for Educational Options' "Ed Champion Reformer under 40" ] in Washington D.C.!
Are you trying to get positive media coverage of your school, reach out to families or raise your profile in the community? Get tips and inspiration with our free Communications 101 Workshop in Los Angeles!
Got questions about charter school finances? Don't miss CCSA's 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year! This workshop will assist charter schools and developers in all phases of financial management and is designed for schools that are working toward long-term sustainability.
Special educators are invited to a dinner and discussion coordinated by Educators for Excellence (E4E) focusing around opportunities for innovation and supporting students.
Local charters are invited to a one-day training on Common Core State Standards at the LACOE office in Downey. Register by May 16 to participate!
Do you know a highly capable candidate? This position calls for someone with a deep understanding of charter schools and ability to manage many different areas. The position will report to Jose Cole-Gutierrez of LAUSD's Charter Schools Division.
Each year, CCSA recognizes a handful of outstanding individuals and schools with our Hart Vision Awards. I'm sure many of you were so proud of two honorees this year from Los Angeles - the Volunteer of the Year, Erika Higgins Ross of WISH Charter, and Gabriella Charter School, which was honored as 2012 Charter School of the Year! You have to see the amazing videos!
I am excited to introduce our members to Marisa Quintanar, the newest Regional Director on the Los Angeles Advocacy team. Marisa, a former teacher, was first introduced to charter schools through her work at East LA Community Corporation and with HMC Architects. She has most recently been engaged in political and communications consulting work.
We can't wait to see many of you at the annual Charter Conference next week in Sacramento! We're particularly excited to be in Sacramento this year and for the charter funding-equity rally on Wednesday. We'd like to highlight four events that might be of interest to LA members.
As one of 16 cities that has signed a district-charter compact, we, alongside LAUSD, submitted a Concept Paper to the Gates Foundation this week. The focus of the paper is to increase services and supports for special education populations within a pilot group of schools with the intent of increasing academic outcomes for all special education students.
Hard to believe that the 19th Annual Charter Conference is only one week away! We hope you'll join CCSA's LA Advocacy team and your colleagues from around the Los Angeles Region to gear up for the Funding Equity Rally and connect on issues specific to our region. We will convene at two Conference Regional meetings on Tuesday, February 28 at 6 pm in the Conference Center Rooms 305 and 306. Wine and cheese will be served!
The LA Charter Leaders Meeting on January 26 featured great break-out sessions on the state budget, funding options, and special education, many of which highlighted key member resources. Get the info or find out what you missed!
In what was expected to be a particularly controversial Board meeting this past Tuesday, 5 new charters and 2 renewing charter were approved on consent!
On Tuesday, February 7, the LAUSD Board approved a new Founding Parent policy for LAUSD authorized charter schools...
Key public meetings about redrawing the lines for LAUSD boardmember districts start tonight, Monday, Feb. 6.
WE DID IT. More than 100 LA charter schools turned out more than 5,000 parents, teachers and students for the rally Saturday. All of you should be incredibly proud of what we achieved with this event - we showed our strength, but more importantly, we showed the depth of our commitment to making sure every student in Los Angeles has a high-quality public school.
Have you gotten the word out to your parents? Filled out the bus reimbursement form? Make sure you're ready to go with our easy checklist and a full selection of resources and templates!
We will have a Charter Leader Weekly Rally Planning Strategy call for Los Angeles members at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to keep everyone up to date on preparations leading up to the Feb. 4 citywide rally. We want your input so we can make this rally a great success!
LAUSD has been looking at founding parent policies at charter schools over the past few months. Staff have accepted most of CCSA's recommendations.
Invite your parents and school communities to a Town Hall on Jan. 25 at 6:30 pm at El Camino Real High School featuring LAUSD boardmember Tamar Galatzan and Superintendent John Deasy.
We will have a Charter Leader Weekly Rally Planning Strategy call for Los Angeles members at 10:30 am Tuesday to keep everyone up to date on preparations leading up to the Feb. 4 citywide rally. We want your input so we can make this rally a great success!
The Los Angeles Winter Regional Meeting is coming up on Jan. 26. At the meeting, we'll be holding a number of engaging break-out sessions on topics relevant to you and your school--see the full draft agenda.
LAUSD has been looking at founding parent policies at charter schools over the past few months. We have submitted to the district recommendations for their new founding parent policy, which is scheduled to be acted on February 14. We have yet to receive formal feedback, but informally, the Charter Division and Board Member Kayser's office have communicated their support of our recommendations.
We understand that the new LACOE STRS reporting deadlines are untenable for most of you. Subsequently, we, alongside a delegate of charter leaders and back office providers met with LACOE staff on January 19 to discuss an alternative reporting timeline.
On Feb. 18, Families That Can hosted its first regional meeting specifically for Parent School Site Leaders with representatives from a dozen Los Angeles charter schools. FTC plans to offer these meetings on a quarterly basis to give parent leaders a chance to share best practices, access useful resources and get ideas for engaging their parents.
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. Post your classroom project today to get funded!
In a brief and unpublished decision issued Thursday, the 6th District Courts of Appeal reversed the trial court's ruling, allowing the nonprofit corporation operating Liberty Family Academy to challenge the district in court to recover funds withheld after the school's revocation.
Last week, the LAUSD Board approved a resolution to commit to increasing enrollment by 5% over the next three years. The resolution asks the Superintendent to report back in 90 days with a plan to increase the number of magnet schools and to provide more flexibility in the magnet application process. On Jan. 17, the board will consider another resolution that would implement open enrollment in the district.
The LAUSD board approved Equitas #2 this week and renewed Synergy ES and Downtown Value School for being renewed. Also, if you're still wondering what the district's new School Performance Framework is all about, Jose Cole-Gutierrez will be at our Regional Meeting to provide an overview and to answer questions.
Just getting up to date about our big rally Feb. 4? This one-pager outlines our key goals for the rally and what we're asking from charter leaders to make this a huge success.
LAUSD-authorized charters have until Jan. 30 to opt in to the new Option 3 under the SELPA. In our new video, Toby Bornstein of Multicultural Learning Center shares why she felt Option 3 was the best choice for her school and her students.
Your school is invited to participate in the "Million Word Challenge" an LA county-wide literacy campaign coordinated by Families In Schools. Student winners will be honored and receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase books. Sign up today!
Friends of charter schools of all ages are invited to a reception on Friday Jan. 20 honoring Ana Ponce, who was recently featured in Forbes magazine. Featuring a live DJ, yummy food, and great friends!
Pomona will be the site of a National School Choice Week event on January 22.
Call in Tuesday morning at 10:30 am to get the latest updates on the Feb. 4 "Schools We Can Believe In" rally and get any questions answered!
The list of schools who are committed to getting a bus and bringing their parents, students and teachers out for the "Schools We Can Believe In" rally continues to grow. They include Alliance, Bright Star, Camino Nuevo, Endeavor, Equitas, PUC Schools and more! Will you add your school to the list?
We've posted a comprehensive toolkit to make it easy for you to get out the word to your school community about the citywide rally on Feb. 4. The bilingual kit includes links to our awesome rally video, handouts and templates for e-blasts, newsletter articles and robo-calls! Find everything at [www.calcharters.org/rallytoolkit](/rallytoolkit).
The upcoming regional meeting will feature experts from across CCSA leading break-out sessions on a variety of timely topics, based on member suggestions and feedback. See the full list of topics.
On Dec. 6, Ana Ponce was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for her outstanding work in education, which was recently highlighted in Forbes Magazine.
Beginning Tuesday, January 10, we will have a Charter Leader Weekly Rally Planning Strategy call for Los Angeles members at 10:30 am to keep everyone up to date on preparations leading up to the Feb. 4 citywide rally. We want your input so we can make this rally a great success!
LAUSD will hold webinars this week to go over the new School Performance Framework, which will inform the board's renewal decisions. Don't miss these key info sessions!
LA's charter community will show our strength and raise our voices on Feb. 4 to make sure that our leaders put students first! We hope every charter school in LA will engage their parents, teachers and students to participate.
Save the date for the next Los Angeles regional meeting! These meetings are a one-stop shop to get the most critical updates and connect with other charter leaders. RSVP today!
After a hosting a call on Dec. 20th , CCSA is working to develop an informed advocacy position on LACOE STRS/PERS fee structure, timeline for payments and flexibility in terms of opting out of STRS/PERS.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, we hope that you and your school community will join local families, elected officials and the greater education reform community from across Los Angeles for: "Schools We Can Believe In" Citywide Rally for Excellent Schools. Call in this Thursday, Dec. 22 to find out more.
Hrag Hamalian was recent honored by his alma mater, Boston College, with the Alumni Awards of Excellence Gold Award. Hamalian is the founder of Valor Academy in Arleta.
The LAUSD School Board approved a funding strategy for district IT upgrades on Tuesday, Dec. 13th that would use around 22 million dollars of charter bond money that had been previously set aside for long-term facilities solutions. The board voted 6-1 with only Boardmember Vladovic opposing the funding strategy.
The planned Dec. 19 strategy session with LA Members has been postponed to after the New Year. We'll let you know the new date as soon as possible!
Have you ever wondered where exactly an LAUSD boardmember is coming from? A great way to get insight into the boardmembers' perspectives and key priorities is to sign up for their e-newsletters and check their web pages and blogs.
The LAUSD board will vote on a resolution introduced by Bennett Kayser that seeks to clarify policy on the use of "founding parent" preferences by LAUSD-authorized charter schools. CCSA will be speaking in favor of the resolution.
LAUSD has sent out the RFP for its Charter Augmentation Grant Program, a key source of funding for charter facilities.
We understand that several of you have concerns and challenges with your LACOE STRS/PRS contracts. To ensure we clearly understand the problems, the Los Angeles Regional Advocacy and CCSA Legal team are hosting a call on Dec. 20 at 1 pm to hear input from all of you.
The Ryan Fellowship is looking for a group of the most accomplished teachers in the United States, with the highest leadership potential, to participate in a unique yearlong fellowship program preparing them to become principals ready to create student achievement-accelerating schools in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. RSVP now for an info session in LA!
The first wave of LAUSD charters who are up for renewal this year will be before the Board this Tuesday, Dec. 6. Discovery Charter Prep, Fenton Avenue Charter and Primary Center, Global Education Academy, Los Angeles Leadership Academy and Puente Charter School are all being recommended for renewal by the LAUSD Charter School Division.
The Charter School Division has sent out a letter and board informative unveiling the District's new School Performance Framework that will be used as "one criterion to analyze charter schools that are making their renewal requests this academic year."
Magnolia Public Schools celebrated the achievement of its graduates during a special Thanksgiving luncheon on November 26 at its flagship school Magnolia Science Academy 1 in Reseda. About 100 MSA alumni, seniors, teachers and administrators attended the event. CCSA's Myrna Castrejón and Brian Johnson of Larchmont schools both addressed students at the event.
While we congratulate LAUSD on reaching an agreement with UTLA, we are disappointed that it will exclude charters from any transformation or reconstitution process over in the next three years, effectively dismantling Public School Choice and other reconstitution processes for charters.
Green Living Project (GLP) will be returning to Los Angeles on Dec. 8 for their 3rd Annual Los Angeles Film Premiere. Educators are invited a screening of several films about sustainability, as well as a mixer before the event.
External Opportunity: Free Multimedia Presentation & Leadership Workshop in Partnership with Participant Media and Me to We
Me to We and Participant Media are excited to continue their partnership through an exclusive speaking tour based on the award-winning documentary, Waiting for "Superman." Through an hour-long presentation designed for high-school students, using themes and clips from Waiting for "Superman" and an afternoon action-planning workshop for 30 students focused on issues awareness and leadership skill building, Me to We speakers explore the importance of and barriers to education across the world.
As you all know, the third round of Public School Choice has been a challenging one. That is why I would especially like to recognize Aspire Public Schools for stepping up and submitting a strong application today to run a middle school under PSC.
LAUSD is looking for a number of educators and parents to review Public School Choice applications. This is a great opportunity for the charter community to support reform in LAUSD by ensuring that the best PSC applications are recommended for new and underperforming schools.
LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser has introduced a resolution seeking to clarify policy on the use of "founding parent" preferences by LAUSD-authorized charter schools. Overall, the resolution aligns with CCSA's position which is that charter schools should be able to give a preference to parents who were involved in the start-up of the school, but that it is ill-advised and inappropriate for this preference to be extended past the opening period. Read CCSA's letter to boardmember Kayser.
Aspire Public Schools was selected to run a new elementary in south Los Angeles in the second round of the LAUSD Public School Choice initiative. Aspire invites other local charters to join them in celebrating the grand opening of Juanita Tate Elementary this Saturday, including the dedication of a mural honoring the late community activist, Juanita Tate.
Have you always wanted computers, art supplies, telescopes, or funding for field trips for your students? The Wasserman Foundation has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to help fund up to $4 million in classroom projects in Los Angeles! Post your project ASAP to take advantage of these matching funds.
LAUSD announced this week that Washington Prep High School will no longer be part of the third round of Public School Choice.
With the recent media scrutiny and LAUSD board interest in charter school admissions practices, it's more important than ever for charters to publicly share their commitment to serving all students. I'd like to give a shout out to Our Community School for proactively addressing this issue!
Recently, there has been an onslaught of misinformation and anti-charter rhetoric at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meetings. Local charter schools have been speaking out about their programs and their impact on communities to dispel these myths during the public comment sections of every meeting and they're already having an impact.
Join Teach Plus on Thursday, November 17, from 5 - 7:30 pm for an important conversation on the questions surrounding student growth measures with experts Noah Bookman, LAUSD Program and Policy Development Advisor, Dr. Rob Meyer, research professor and Director of the Value-Added Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, and Chris Bertelli, Executive Director at The College-Ready Promise. Free appetizers and beverages at the reception to follow!
Families that Can and CCSA are working with a coalition of minority and civil rights groups to push education reform in LAUSD, including supporting the Public School Choice initiative.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced that, as of this moment, the third round of PSC will move ahead with charter schools applying side by side with in-district applicants. CCSA is recommending that charter schools move forward with their applications to ensure as many highly qualified applicants apply as possible.
You're invited to a free screening and discussion of "American Teacher," a documentary produced by The Teacher Salary Project on Nov. 1 in downtown Los Angeles.
A recent article in LA Weekly was very critical of some local charters' use of "founding parents." CCSA responded to the article and will be working with schools and the district to give clear guidance and recommended best practices in admissions.
On Oct. 27, Zocalo Public Square is hosting a free event featuring Steven Brill, who recently published a new book looking at a broad movement to cut through bureaucracy to improve our public schools.
Environmental Charter High School in Gardena is one of three groups being considered for funding through the CBS Posivity Project. They need your votes in support of their solar project!
CCSA's legal team has reviewed LAUSD's new facilities request form and we want to alert you to some key concerns, as well as provide a template cover letter.
Since LAUSD took so long to release its application, CCSA is providing pro bono legal review to schools in LAUSD through Oct. 25.
The Governance Council will be discussing service sharing options, the OIG audiet report and the OIM Enrollment Practices Report.
The full presentation from the LA Regional Charter Leaders Meeting at Vaughn Learning Center
The CA Department of Education has released a full list of schools that are eligible to apply to be CA Distinguished Schools based on a variety of accountability criteria. Congrats to the nine charter schools located in Los Angeles and Ventura counties!
Facilities workshop co-sponsored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will assist charter schools in addressing critical facilities issues.
IIn the 2011-12 school year, some LA-area charter schools used classrooms at existing LAUSD campuses under a Prop. 39 agreement. See a full list of the sites of current co-locations.
The ZOOM! team is holding two-day DataDirector trainings in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles within the next month.
Demand your facility now - LAUSD has released the new Facilities Request From!
We are now in search of a SELPA Director for the new LAUSD Charter Operated Programs Division and are reaching out to you in hopes of identifying a qualified candidate for the position.
Workshops being held in Oakland and Los Angeles will give an update on state funds available for charters, provide a road map for successfully accessing state funding, and look ahead to future funding and programs for charter facilities.
Make sure your board members don't miss CCSA's four-hour intensive governance training being offered here in LA on Oct. 19! From governance best practices to legal policy and ethics, this training has the info you need to be a good steward of your school.
The Music Center is recognizing champions for arts education and is looking for nominations of teachers or schools that use art to inspiring learning by Oct. 15.
Do you need some help with PR, but don't have the budget right now? Non-profit organizations can get help at the P
Congratulations to Brian Johnson, Executive Director of Larchmont Schools in Los Angeles, who was named "Reformer of the Month" for September by Democrats for Education Reform.
This week, CCSA released a statewide report detailing African American performance and enrollment trends in charter schools, as well as best-practices for effectively teaching African American students.
Are you thinking about applying for Prop. 39? Don't miss this opportunity to dialogue with LAUSD and get application tips!
The Los Angeles Regional Charter Leaders meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in San Fernando. Look forward to networking and key updates on local issues - we want to hear from you!
Bob Farran, former Director of the Southwest SELPA, is leading two workshops on special education, touching on best practices in intervention, referrals and services and IEP implementation. This event will be held at Vaughn Learning Center in San Fernando.
In response to concerns from parents that that charter schools were requiring parents to provide information regarding special education eligibility and services on lottery application forms, the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) recently conducted a review of applications and enrollment forms of LA area charter schools.
Teachers get in free for select Sundays in October to "Freedom's Sisters" at the Museum of Tolerance. This multimedia exhibition celebrates 20 African American women who helped shape the spirit and substance of the Civil rights Movement. Find out more about the youth programs, essay contest and how to set up a field trip.
The council elected Brian Bauer of Granada Hills Charter High School Council Chair, Jackie Elliot of PUC Schools was voted Vice Chair.
Have you already sent your renewal petition to LAUSD? Let us know - we're recommending everyone submit as soon as feasible for their team.
LAUSD has not released the 2012-2013 requests for Facilities under Proposition 39 application, but anticipates having the application available by Oct. 1, 2011. At this time, we are working with LAUSD in an effort to expedite access to the application.
The Los Angeles Regional Charter Leaders meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in San Fernando. Look forward to networking and key updates on local issues - we want to hear from you!
The California Charter School Governance Academy is a free, four hour intensive workshop designed to help school leaders and governing board members increase their knowledge of their ethical and legal obligations as stewards of public institutions. Sign up today for a workshop near you!
A governance meeting has been scheduled for the Charter Operated Program of the newly reorganized LAUSD SELPA/Option 3. Also, a "heads up" about an upcoming meeting for 2011-2012 renewing schools.
In response to an onslaught of misinformation that has been put forth during LAUSD board meetings by anti-charter groups, CCSA is attempting dispel charter myths and balance the dialogue and rhetoric that is being promulgated at these meetings.
CCSA's town hall meeting with LAUSD's Sean Jernigan went well, with lots of information exchanged. A second meeting will be planned for October.
Have you ever read a negative article about charter schools that just got your blood boiling? Despite the incredible growth and success of charter schools in California, there are still many misconceptions about them among the public, which sometimes show up in media coverage. If you've ever thought to yourself, "Someone should really respond to that," take five minutes and share your point of view!
Calling all LA-area students for the College Fair Extraordinaire - talk to university reps from across the country and find scholarship and volunteer opportunities at this free event!
On Aug. 30, the LAUSD board approved major changes to the Public School Choice initiative, potentially giving in-district applicants priority in applying for new schools.
We are pleased to announce that Superintendent John Deasy has affirmed his commitment to continue to develop long-term facilities solutions for charter schools as a way to relieve Prop. 39 demands. As a result of our recent efforts and communications with LAUSD, the Superintendent is requiring staff to articulate a process for distribution of bond funds through the use of augmentation grants, in order to support continued development of long term facilities solutions.
This Tuesday, the LAUSD board might vote to not allow charter schools and community groups to apply for new school sites. The board members need to hear from you and your parents!
The Town Hall will provide charter operators with the LAUSD staff perspective of the Prop. 39 process, and will address typical challenges and issues occasionally arising from application submittal, as well as tips to avoid such pitfalls.
LAUSD is close to completion of the ARRA funds projects for charter schools. One of the few remaining projects was the Medi-cal billing service for charters. A vendor has been selected and charters have the opportunity to access these services at no cost. In order to learn about the services, and receive information on how to access the services, come to one of two separate dinners being held this week.
Freedom's Sisters is a multimedia exhibition that celebrates 20 African American women, including historic 19th-century figures and contemporary leaders, who helped shape the spirit and substance of the Civil rights Movement in America.
CCSA is hosting a meeting for LAUSD-authorized charter schools that are up for renewal on Aug. 31
LAUSD boardmember Steve Zimmer's resolution to give in-district teams preference in their Public School Choice applications for new schools goes to a vote on Aug. 30. Help us pack the board room in opposition to this anti-reform measure!
Linda Ngarupe, previously the Executive Director of University Preparation School at CSU Channel Islands, passed away on August 10.
You're invited to a free screening of the documentary "Beyond the Bricks" and a panel discussion on solutions to the black male student achievement gap on Aug. 24 at Santee Middle School, featuring Blair Taylor of LA Urban League, Larry Aubry and Marshall Tuck.
Are you trying to get positive media coverage of your school, reach out to families or raise your profile in the community? Get tips and inspiration with our free Communications 101 Workshop in Los Angeles!
Save yourself a click! Did you know you it is easy to make a default regional selection on calcharters.org? It's easy. Here's how to do it.
LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer has introduced a resolution, to be voted upon on August 30, that would allow only in-district and pilot school applicants to apply for new schools under the Public School Choice initiative.
Los Angeles charter school administrators and teachers are invited to attend a free two-day summit on special education. There is no cost for all qualifying LAUSD Charter Schools with $100 stipends available to certified teachers and $75 for paraprofessionals.
Did the LAUSD Charter School Division ask you to include a special education notice on all materials? CCSA supports the goal of informing parents, but feel free to modify the recommended wording.
We are pleased to announce that CCSA and LAUSD have agreed to stay the Proposition 39 litigation, which this year, has enabled more than 16,000 LAUSD charter school students to return to district buildings.
We are pleased to announce that CCSA and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have agreed to stay the Proposition 39 litigation, which this year, has enabled more than 16,000 LAUSD charter school students to return to district buildings.
New information about Governor Brown's veto of the budget.
How can parents have an impact in Sacramento? How do you get a meeting with your legislator? What is the process for a proposed bill to become a law? Get the details from Families That Can.
Arturo Delgado has been appointed as the new Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Superintendent of Schools. He most recently served as the superintendent of San Bernadino Unified School District.