Capitol Update 6/28/13
June 28, 2013 Welcome to our new and improved Capitol Update. The Capitol Update is distributed weekly to members by CCSA's Government Affairs Team, provides up to the minute information on Sacramento happenings and lets you know when we need your voice heard on behalf of the charter school movement. Please note the resources at the bottom of the publication and bookmark www.ccsa.org/capitol and www.ccsa.org/budgetupdate.
This week's Capitol Update includes our final Budget Brief, a legislative update, survey results on national charter waitlist information, an announcement from the California Department of Education, and information on the National Charter Schools Conference.
Governor Signs State Budget On June 27, the Governor signed the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The budget includes implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): a major restructuring of California's school funding system, and other changes for charter schools. CCSA has developed a number of resources to help you better understand the budget and the LCFF, which can be accessed through our Budget Web Page including:
- CCSA's 2013-14 Final Budget Brief is now available.
- LCFF Model Simulator is a tool to help you model estimated funding under the LCFF.
- LCFF Accountability Plans Summary has been developed to help you understand the timelines and details of new accountability requirements for charter schools under LCFF.
Legislative Update This week, the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved CCSA's sponsored bill, AB 948 (Olsen), on the consent calendar, a move which shows the broad support for this measure. We are pleased to see the bill moving forward. It next heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Additionally this week, AB 917 (Bradford) and AB 1159 (Blumenfield) moved forward in the legislative process, with AB 917 up next on the Senate Floor, and AB 1159 on the Senate Appropriations suspense file. CCSA supports both measures.
Finally, AB 913 (Chau), which CCSA opposes, was set to be heard next week in the Senate Education Committee. The bill has since been pulled from the hearing; AB 913 is now a two-year bill, and won't be acted on this year. The author and sponsors, CTA and CSBA, could still move the bill forward next year due to California's two-year legislative cycle. CCSA will continue to oppose the bill in its current form.
50K Students on Waitlists for CA Charter Schools, 973K Nationally
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) has released the results of a new survey estimating that charter public school waitlists across the nation grew to nearly one million students during the 2012-13 school year, up from 610,000 in 2011-12. See which regions in California had the highest demand.
2012-13 Second Principal (P-2) Apportionment has been certified
Exhibits and letters related to the P-2 Apportionment, including monthly principal apportionment payments, are now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site. Also certified is the 2012-13 Education Protection Account (EPA) Apportionment. The EPA entitlement schedule and apportionment letter are also available on the CDE website.
National Charter Schools Conference
For those of you attending the National Charter Schools Conference next week in Washington D.C., be sure to attend CCSA's hosted reception on Tuesday, July 2, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in room 209 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. And, don't miss the keynote panel: "Educating Tomorrow's Leaders", which features Ana Ponce, CEO of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.