Capitol Update 11/13/14

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November 13, 2014

It is now over a week after the election and there are still four close races that are up in the air. With about half of California voters  casting votes by mail, it takes much longer past the election for election officials to finish counting all of the ballots. For example in Assembly District 39, Patty Lopez has just seven more votes than Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra as of today, with about 5,000 outstanding votes remaining to be counted. With a new law set to go into effect allowing ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received by the registrar up to 3 days after the election, it’s expected that post-election ballot counting will take even longer in the future.

California School Finance Authority SB 740 Update

The California School Finance Authority’s (CSFA) recently revised their regulations for the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program and are now permitting new costs to be reimbursed by the program. The program will now allow reimbursement for monthly charges for systems or services such as alarm systems, security systems, internet services, janitorial services, landscaping services, and other similar types of systems or services. Grant funds are still not allowed to be applied toward insurance, property taxes and other assessments against the property or utility charges.

Enter the OMMV Video Contest by December 15, 2014!

Have you heard about CCSA’s One Movement. Many Voices. (OMMV) Video Contest? This contest is an opportunity for charter leaders and supporters like you to spread the word about why you love charters and how charters are making an impact in the lives of students you know.

First Place winners will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize along with a $10,000 donation to the California charter school of their choice! There is also prize money available for 2nd and 3rd place winners. Winning videos will be honored at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Association Conference in Sacramento.

Participating is easy. There are several helpful resources available to help you create your original two-minute video.

Looking for a little inspiration to get started? Check out these sample videos created by CCSA staff encouraging charter communities across the state to get involved:
We also created an online Toolkit to make it easier for you to help spread word about this fun opportunity with other charter leaders, parents, students (13 and over) you know.

The deadline to submit videos is December 15, 2014.

Visit www.ccsa.org/ommv for more information.

Our stories our powerful. Take advantage of this opportunity to share yours.

Have an Exceptional Story to Share with Your Legislators? Come share them at 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 governmentaffairs@ccsa.org.