Inland Empire News 7/21/11

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July 21, 2011 Hello Inland Empire charter schools,

Here are four items I'd like to share with you this week:

CCSA has released its must up to date budget brief for the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year

On June 30, the Governor Brown signed the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year that reflects the agreement reached by the Governor and Legislative Democrats. The budget relies on assumptions of increased revenues without a tax extension. See the Budget Brief: 2011-12 Budget Act for more information.

Get the latest information on proposed bills AB360, AB440, and SB645

Conforming to State Laws, Performance Accountability, and Serving all Students Since CCSA's inception, the Association has worked to ensure that fair and reasonable standards are in place regarding charter school governance, finance and operations. As the movement has matured, the vast majority of California's charter schools have adopted practices that model the kind of excellent management and governance that the public demands of all public schools. Read more about the agreements that were reached around these very important bills of legislation.

Regulations approved for schools' 'Parent Trigger' law

After months of controversy, the state Board of Education set out a clear road map Wednesday to allow parents unparalleled rights to force major changes at low-performing schools. Read the full article from the LA Times.

Now with authority to govern Public Safety Academy, Trustees turn attention to successfully launching the next school year.

As a legal battle continues between the Public Safety Academy's board of trustees and the charter school's former CEO, Michael Dickinson, academy officials are gearing up for the new school year beginning Aug.4. "We're good to go. Nothing's going to change," Principal Kathy Toy said. "We're anxious to see all the parents and cadets back on campus and being a highly interactive school again. We can't wait." Read the full article in the San Bernardino Sun.

Steven Holguin