Capitol Update 7/31/14

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July 31, 2014

This week Governor Brown went to Mexico on a three day trade mission that ended on Wednesday. During the mission, the Governor signed agreements with Mexico on trade, investment, and climate change and discussed the immigration crisis. The Governor’s entourage was roughly 100 individuals including Assemblymembers, Senators, members of the Administration, and top business executives.

With the trade mission concluded and Summer recess coming to a close, the Legislature will reconvene for its final month of session starting next week. There are two legislative deadlines remaining: the August 15 fiscal committee deadline by which all bills have to be out of committee on the floor and the last day of session on August 31 by which all bills have to be sent to the Governor.

AB 948 (Olsen) Action Alert

We need your help TODAY to pass AB 948, critical charter school legislation!

In two weeks, a key vote is taking place that will decide whether Assembly Bill 948 (Olsen) related to the SB 740 Charter School Facilities Grant program will move forward in the legislative process.

The changes proposed in AB 948 will allow more charter schools that serve low income students to be eligible for the SB 740 program using existing funds. In effect, AB 948 will allow schools to spend more money IN the classroom and not ON the classroom. Learn more at our AB 948 Web page.

Write Senate Appropriations Chairman Kevin de Le὚n TODAY and urge him to pass AB 948 off of the Suspense File. We need to demonstrate the importance AB 948 and the strength of the charter school movement

Because our movement is made up of many voices, we have created a variety of letters for you to choose from. Feel free to edit and personalize the letter. Please click on the link below that best describes you:

Charter School Parent
Charter School Student
Charter School Teacher
Charter School Leader/Board Member/Support Staff

Thank you for your support!

Prop. 39 (Energy) Deadline for 2013-14 Energy Expenditure Plan Submittals

The California Energy Commission reports that the last day for charter schools to submit their fiscal year 2013-14 Energy Expenditure Plan (EEP) for energy efficiency grants is August 31, 2014. EEPs received by the Energy Commission starting September 1, 2014 will be considered for fiscal year 2014-15. Charter schools are encouraged to review the revised program guidelines, which improve eligibility for charter schools applicants. For more information on this program please visit the Energy Commission’s Prop. 39 website.

Grant Award Process Focus Groups Call for Participants

The After School Division of the California Department of Education (CDE) is seeking interested individuals for its Grant Award Process focus groups. Members of the focus groups will provide input on their experience with the grant award process for after school programs. Charter school representatives are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are due Monday, August 11, 2014 by 5:00 pm.  For more information and to apply please visit the CDE focus group website