Capitol Update 10/9/14

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October 9, 2014

With all bills signed as of last week and legislators in full campaign mode, California’s Capitol is a ghost town. Now that the 2013-14 legislative session is over, we are working on a comprehensive legislative wrap-up that you will see in next week’s Capitol Update. The Capitol may be quiet, but CCSA is working full steam ahead preparing for the 2015-2016 legislative session. You can find more information about submitting proposals for conference sessions, registering for CCSA’s Governance Academies, and signing up for Advocacy Day 2015 below.

CCSA 22nd Annual Conference – Program Submissions Deadline is October 16

The creative input and innovative work of the charter school community makes the Annual CCSA Conference a world-class event each year. Our theme for the 22nd Annual Conference taking place March 16-19, 2015 in Sacramento, CA is "One Movement Many Voices." Submit a proposal or award nomination and share your voice today!
  • Call for Proposals: Share your knowledge and expertise with your colleagues! Attendees of the CCSA Conference are looking for interactive sessions that share best practices and offer immediate takeaways. Before submitting a proposal, please review all of the 2015 CCSA CFP Guidelines. All submissions must be received by October 16.
Each year, CCSA honors outstanding schools, school leaders, teachers, volunteers and students through the Hart Vision Awards and Bragato Scholarships at our annual California Charter Schools Conference. To maintain the prestigious quality of the awards, we work hard to collect as many nominations as possible. Please let your networks know that nominations are now open for Teacher of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.  Applications are also being accepted for the Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships.  All nominations and applications are due October 16.

Nominate a Teacher or Volunteer of the Year
Application for the $2,000 Bragato Scholarship

Sign up Today for CCSA's Governance Academy!

Back by popular demand, CCSA is bringing back our one-day Governance Academy, offered in partnership with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, and Young, Minney and Corr, LLP.

The Governance Academy is a FREE, in-person only, four-hour intensive workshop designed to help school leaders and governing board members increase their knowledge of ethical and legal obligations as stewards of public institutions. It will help schools develop legally compliant governing board policies and procedures, and establish clear roles and responsibilities, including financial oversight and student performance.

The workshop will help schools identify key areas of expertise for high functioning boards and provide training on the Brown Act. It will include discussion of financial responsibilities and oversight as well as HR Issues, and Board Committees' limitations and duties.

Other topics to be covered include:
  • Political Reform Act
  • Conflict of Interest Code Basics
  • Statement of Economic Interest Basics
  • (Form 700)
  • 501(c)(3) corporations
  • Brown Act/Open Meetings
  • Meetings
  • What is a meeting?
  • Requirements
  • Closed Sessions
  • Public's Rights
  • Minutes
  • Penalties
The Governance Academy will be held in person from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on the following dates and at the following locations:
Register today! For questions or more information, please contact our help desk.

California State Controller Request for Employee Salary and Benefit Information

In February, the California State Controller sent letters to every County Office of Education, school district and charter school throughout the state requesting salary and benefit information for every school employee.

The request was part of an expansion to an existing state public compensation website - publicpay.ca.gov - which currently includes salary and benefit information for public employees employed by the state, counties, cities, special districts, and state colleges and universities. The website is designed to increase government transparency and accountability for the citizens of California.

Last Thursday, the State Controller released this information to the public. Levels of charter participation in the database are low, with about a fourth of charter schools responding, and we would encourage our members to comply with the State Controllers request. As always, if charter schools have specific concerns or questions about how best to respond to the State Controller's request based on their specific governance structure and operations, we suggest that they consult their attorneys for advice.

You can find reporting instructions and templates on the State Controller’s website. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the State Controller’s Government Compensation in California unit at GCCSupport@sco.ca.gov or (916) 445-5153.

It’s Never too Early to Register for CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

CCSA will celebrate National Charter Schools Week by hosting our Annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday May 5, 2015. Registration is open! CCSA will schedule a meeting with your legislators based on your school’s physical address. School leaders, board members, teachers and parents are encouraged to participate. The event includes onsite training, lunch and an exciting program. This event is a benefit of CCSA membership and is complimentary to individuals from member schools. Register HERE today and watch last year’s video to learn more about the event and why your participation is critical. Questions? Email governementaffairs@ccsa.org.