Sac City Charter Leaders Formalize Their Collaboration

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December 14, 2012 Last week, the leaders of eight independent charter schools authorized by Sacramento City Unified voted to formalize their commitment to work together to solve common problems. Principals and Directors from Aspire Capitol Heights Academy, Capitol Collegiate, Sacramento Charter High School, PS7, Oak Park Prep, S.A.C. Prep, CMP Capitol Campus, Yav Pem Suab Academy, and the Language Academy of Sacramento have been meeting periodically for nearly two years.

Last year the group successfully brokered a compact with school district leaders that would increase student college and career readiness by improving collaboration and communication between the SCUSD and the independent charter leaders. The compact included agreements around facilities, enrollment, best-practice sharing, and accountability. It also established an oversight committee made up of district and charter representatives to guide implementation. As a compliment to the compact effort, charter leaders formalized a charter-only coalition on December 13 by approving bylaws and a new name, "Sacramento City Charter Leaders". The purpose of this group is to be a sounding board for the oversight committee members, and to address issues that are of a collective interest that may or may not be part of the compact.

The group is currently chaired by Dennis Mah, the Superintendent of the Urban Charter Schools Collaborative, which operates Yav Pem Suab Academy. Monthly meetings rotate among the charter campuses, and are held on the second Thursday of the month. Membership - and the right to vote on coalition business - is restricted to the leaders of independent charter school authorized by SCUSD. However the meetings are open to CCSA staff, dependent charter leaders, and others. The group is planning to take up charter renewal process as their first order of business. For more information, please contact Laura Kerr.