Capitol Update 5/29/14

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May 29, 2014

The Legislature finished business early this week by running a marathon session to get through the 181 bills left before tomorrow’s house of origin deadline. With all bills now in their second house, we are rapidly nearing the finish line for the 2013-14 biennial session. All bills will now move to policy committees and will be heard before the June 27 policy committee deadline. At the same time, taking the main stage over the next two weeks are the state budget deliberations, as the Legislature has to meet the state budget deadline of June 15.

Legislative Update: SB 1263 Moves Forward

Senate Bill 1263 (Pavley) passed off of the Senate Floor this week on a 21-12 vote. We oppose SB 1263 because it creates new and oppressive facilities barriers for charter schools by no longer allowing charter schools to locate outside of their district in instances where they are unable to identify an acceptable in-district facility. The bill is now halfway through the process and will next move to the Assembly Education Committee, where it will be heard sometime in June. We will continue to oppose this bill in policy committee and keep you updated as the bill moves forward.

CCSA Government Affairs Team Welcomes Amy Blumberg James

Amy Blumberg James is CCSA’s new Director, Legislative Affairs on the Government Affairs team. She will be working closely with our Association lobbyists Rand Martin of MVM Strategies and Moira Topp of Topp Strategies in implementing CCSA’s legislative agenda. Previously, Amy was a lobbyist for Rose & Kindel/Grayling. Amy is also currently the president of Capitol Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization of women professionals working in and around the Capitol who raise and donate funds to women’s and children’s organizations across California.

Budget Update

Both Budget Committees of the Legislature have completed their work on the 2014-15 state budget, and now differences will be resolved in a joint conference committee which may begin meeting as early as tomorrow. Both houses adopted budget plans with higher revenue estimates projected by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. As a result, additional funding for the Local Control Funding Formula, Common Core implementation, child care, mandates, and Regional Occupation Programs may end up in the final budget. However, it is unclear whether Governor Brown will agree to these augmentations. We do anticipate a final budget to be adopted by the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

2014-15 CDE Charter Schools Annual Information Survey

The 2014-15 Charter Schools Annual Information Survey is now available online. The purpose of this online survey is to allow charter schools the opportunity to submit, review, and edit data on file with the Charter Schools Division in the California Department of Education (CDE).

The 2014-15 Charter Schools Annual Information Survey must be completed and submitted to the CDE by 5:00 pm, Friday, June 6, 2014. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Tom Mogan, at the Charter Schools Division, by e-mail at CharterData@cde.ca.gov.