On April 17, the California Supreme Court (Court) granted CCSA's Petition for Review in CCSA's case against Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) implementation of Proposition 39.
Have you received your final Prop. 39 offer? Please respond to your district by May 1 and see our website for template response letters.
CCSA Answers: Collecting signatures on the same form for both a new charter petition and Proposition 39
Question: May the signature form for a new charter petition also be used to collect Proposition 39 signatures?
CCSA filed a Petition for Review in the California Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeals' decision that upheld LAUSD's use of "norming ratios" when determining classrooms offers for charter schools.
CCSA has prepared templates to assist schools who requested district facilities under Proposition 39 and received or failed to receive preliminary proposals of facilities on February 1. Schools are required to respond to those offers by March 1.
CCSA has filed a Petition for Rehearing in the California Court of Appeal requesting that the Court reconsider its decision in CCSA's Prop. 39 litigation against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) issued on December 7, 2012
On Friday, January 4, the California Court of Appeal decided to publish the brief decision in CCSA's Prop. 39 litigation against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that it originally issued on December 7, 2012. In the 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."
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 In an unpublished opinion, the court upheld LAUSD's use of "norming ratios" when assigning classrooms to charter schools, finding that the practice is "consistent with the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.
Under the Prop. 39 regulations, a charter school must respond to the district's concerns by either reaffirming or modifying its previous projections as necessary to respond to those concerns. If you fail to respond to the district by January 2, 2013, then the district's ADA projections provided in its December 1 letter are no longer subject to challenge.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce that we have extended our deadline for participation in CCSA's Pro Bono Review Program.
As we continue the Prop. 39 application process, CCSA is offering "Office Hours" with our legal experts to answer questions from our applying members.
Have your Prop. 39 questions answered by legal experts.
The Prop. 39 application cycle is underway and CCSA has new and updated resources for member schools to help them throughout the process.
The 2013-14 Prop. 39 cycle is already underway. Find CCSA's various resources, templates, and information to get you started.
Identifying and securing adequate facilities for charter students is a challenging task for many of our state's charter schools. A new video recorded at the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference offers an additional resource to schools as they confront this challenge.
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.
Good news this week for a couple more charter schools who were still negotiating the Prop. 39 process.
Tuesday May 1st will be the deadline for charters to make their final Prop. 39 responses to the district. CCSA has resources and information to help you.
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 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.
San Diego Unified approved three offers at their meeting on Tuesday. All three of these schools already occupy district space but share it with a district school, so they have to go through the Prop. 39 process each year.
Everyone who submitted a request for facilities under Prop 39 should have received a preliminary offer from their district by February 1 and, as a reminder, charters only have a few short weeks to respond (by March 1).
The February 1 Prop. 39 deadline has now passed, and it is time to focus on the response from charter schools to their district. CCSA has resources to help in those efforts.
Get the details on the preliminary offers to SDUSD schools.
CCSA's facilities experts have put together the most important and valuable tools to help charter leaders understand their options and navigate the facility development process.
Under Prop. 39 regulations, December 1 was the deadline for school districts to respond to charter Prop. 39 ADA projections. Find out what to do whether you have or have not received a response.
Our visions is for every charter school in Northeastern California to have a facility that meets the needs of their program. That means having a safe, welcoming site (or sites) that is affordable and enhances the school's educational program and desire to grow (or not!).
A California Court ruled in favor of Bullis Charter School in a lawsuit against the Los Altos School District for non-compliance of Proposition 39, a law which requires school districts to provide "reasonably equivalent facilities" to charter schools.
The deadline for charter schools to submit Proposition 39 applications to their district is this Tuesday November 1, 2011, for facilities for the 2012-13 school year. As one of CCSA's top priorities, we would like to encourage schools to submit their applications as soon as possible.
The deadline for submitting Prop. 39 facilities requests to school districts is next week, on November 1. In this final stretch, it is imperative to be prepared. If you haven't submitted your application, there is still time.
CCSA's legal experts will be hosting their final "Office Hours" session for this year's Prop. 39 applicants on Thursday October 20, 2011. If you have any questions about your application, or want more information on resources, and templates, register to join the session today!
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.
Request your facility now - OUSD has released the new Facilities Request Form!
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.
Regional meeting wrap-up and information on Prop. 39 resources for San Diego-area schools.
Demand your facility now - LAUSD has released the new Facilities Request From!
Are you thinking about applying for Prop. 39? Don't miss this opportunity to dialogue with LAUSD and get application tips!
CCSA's Prop. 39 campaign is in full swing, and we continue to add resources to help member schools. Our latest resource is a short video you can share with your school community and the general public about Prop. 39 and the basic principle of equity that lies at the heart of the law.
Legal experts will be holding their first "Office Hours" session for this year's Prop. 39 applicants on Tuesday September 27, 2011. If you have any questions about your application, or want more information on resources, and templates, register to join the session today!
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.
New Prop. 39 resources are available for this year's application cycle. Among the new and improved resources are an online and on-demand training session to take you through the application process, office hours with our legal experts, new templates, and more to assist you in time to meet the November 1 application deadline.
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.
As charter schools begin the school year, it is important to start planning for the upcoming Proposition 39 deadlines. Prop. 39 facilities provide charter schools with valuable buildings, for minimal costs, thereby enabling them to redirect the funds normally expended on leases towards what is most important...the classroom.
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.
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.