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Featured Grant: Proposition 39 - Clean Energy Jobs Act

Funding for local educational agencies for improving energy efficiency and creating clean energy jobs.

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CCSA Answers: Must Charter Schools Comply with Education Code 42103?

Question: We received a notice from our County Office of Education stating that, to comply with Education Code 42103, we must display our 2013-2014 budget for public comment. Is this required for charter schools?

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Charter School Facilities Initiative (CSFI) Focuses on Northern California

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Thanks to a strong response from the California charter school community, the CSFI is off to a great start to reach our goal of achieving an 85% percent participation rate in the survey. The Bay Area, the Central Valley, and Sacramento will be the focus of our last big push to reach our goals and we need your help us cross the finish line!

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CharterSAFE Alert: Anchor Bookcases and Large Cabinets

From CharterSAFE: Emergency preparedness on campus should include an evaluation of the stability of your file cabinets, freestanding cabinets and bookcases.

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Keep Your Special Education Option Open - June 30 Deadline

If your school is interested in exploring LEA status or negotiating alternative special education arrangements for the next school year, you must submit a letter notifying your existing SELPA of your intent to exit the SELPA by June 30.

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Join Us and Celebrate National Charter Schools Week 2014

Every year, National Charter Schools Week gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about our charter schools and the charter school movement and we have a lot to share!

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2014 National Charter Schools Conference Held June 29 - July 2 in Las Vegas

Held June 29 - July 2 in Las Vegas, the National Charter Schools Conference is one of the best professional development opportunities of the year for charter school professionals.

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CharterSAFE Alert: Slippery Floors in Student Restrooms

CharterSAFE is seeing a frequency of injury claims arising from slippery floors in student restrooms. Frequent checks aren't enough. Read recommendations from CharterSAFE.

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CCSA Answers: Charter-Specific Local Control Accountability Plan

Question: Will the State Board of Education be releasing a charter-specific Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) template?

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Featured Grant: 2013 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants

Funding for school food authorities (SFA) to purchase the equipment needed to serve healthier meals, meet the new nutritional standards with an emphasis on more fresh fruits and vegetables, improve food safety, and expand access.

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Sign up Today for CCSA's Governance Academy!

The Governance Academy is a free, in-person only, four-hour intensive workshop designed to help school leaders and governing board members increase their knowledge of ethical and legal obligations as stewards of public institutions.

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Have You Received Your Prop. 39 Final Offer?

On April 1, districts were required to provide charter schools who requested district facilities under Proposition 39 with final offers of facilities. Schools are required to inform districts whether or not they intend to occupy the offered space no later than May 1 or 30 days after the final offer, whichever is later.

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Advocacy Day Registration Deadline Is April 18--Last Chance! Participate and Win!

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Join us for Advocacy Day 2014. Register now to attend our annual event on May 7 in Sacramento and to meet with your legislators, advocate on behalf of your school and the charter school movement, and discuss CCSA's policy agenda.

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CCSA's Board President Invites You to Advocacy Day on May 7! Register by April 18!

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Read the inspiring letter by Diane Tavenner, founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS) and CCSA, Board Chair to join 200 California charter school leaders, board members, parents, teachers and students and celebrate National Charter Schools Week on May 7 for Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

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Need Help with Your Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?

Developing a LCAP can be a daunting task. How do you measure school climate? What defines student and parent engagement? The TC Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys for parents, staff and students can help.

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Featured Grant: State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants

Funding for programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families Quality, youth-led service-learning initiatives throughout the United States focusing on several specific areas.

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CCSA Answers: Receiving Credit for Emergency Days When Determining ADA (Drought Update)

Question: The drought was recently added to the list of emergency conditions for which public schools throughout California can receive emergency day credit. How can charter schools receive credit for emergency days when determining average daily attendance (ADA)?

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CCSA Releases NEW Common Core Knowledge Briefs!

New Common Core Knowledge Briefs serve as a great resource for members.

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Prop. 39 Applicants: Expect a Final Offer of Facilities by April 1

School districts are required to provide each eligible Prop. 39 applicant with a final offer of facilities by April 1. Charter schools are required to inform districts whether or not they intend to occupy the offered space by May 1 or 30 days after the final notification, whichever is later.

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Don't Miss Your Chance - 100 Charter Leaders Are Already Heading to Sacramento for Advocacy Day 2014

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CCSA's Annual Advocacy Day is shaping up to be the one of most important advocacy events for education reform in California. Help us fill the halls of the Capitol--register by April 18!

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