Capitol Update 9/4/14

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September 4, 2014

Tonight is the gubernatorial debate between Governor Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari. The debate will be moderated by KQED’s John Myers and will air at 7 pm. You can watch the debate live on The California Channel. This is likely to be the only gubernatorial debate held this election cycle and major education issues will likely be discussed. You can watch it on CalChannel’s archive if you miss the debate.

In other Governor related news, there are 808 bills currently awaiting signature or veto on the Governor’s desk. Don’t forget to complete our action alerts urging Governor Brown to veto AB 913 and SB 1263, as well as our new action alert on AB 948.

Action Alert: AB 948 (Olsen) Charter School Facilities Grant Program 

Good news: AB 948 (Olsen) our sponsored legislation related to the SB 740 Charter School Facilities Program is on the Governor’s desk for consideration. We need your help urging him to sign the bill. Send Governor Brown a letter today!

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.

We need to demonstrate the importance AB 948 and the strength of our movement and strongly encourage you to write a support letter even if your school does not directly benefit from the legislation. It is imperative to support this grassroots campaign that is critical for the movement so that we can ensure that there is a strong grassroots effort for future legislation that may more directly benefit your school. 

Click here to fill out our Action Alert urging Governor Brown to sign AB 948.

Thank you for your support!

State Board of Education Takes Next Step Toward Final LCAP Regulations

Today, the State Board of Education (SBE) met in Sacramento and adopted additional revisions to the regulations and template for Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP). The revisions were recommended for approval by the California Department of Education (CDE) after considering public comment on the draft that was released last July. CCSA submitted written comment on the draft requesting clarification on a number of charter specific references which were mostly incorporated into the latest draft. Final regulations are expected to be adopted in November, and CDE staff reports that they are working on an electronic version of the final template for use by charter schools and districts. The revised draft regulations and template can be found under item #18 of the SBE agenda.

School Nutrition Grants Available

The CDE has announced that applications are available for funding to support five school meal and milk programs to assist in providing nutritious meals and milk to children at reasonable prices or free to qualified applicants. The five programs are the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Seamless Summer Feeding Option, Special Milk Program, and State Meal Program. Charter schools are eligible for the grants. Click here for more information.

Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Funding Available

The CDE has announced that applications are available for Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) grants to provide start-up funds for the establishment of new, advanced specialized programs in California high schools. Funding is available for planning and implementing new programs. Planning grants are available to all schools that serve students in at least two consecutive grades 9-12. Only high schools that received 2013-14 SSP planning grants are eligible to apply for implementation grants. Applications are due October 24, 2014. Charter schools are eligible for the grants. Click here for more information.