Capitol Update 11/6/14

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November 6, 2014

This week was a humdinger of an election. At the federal level, the Republican Party captured control of the Senate and maintained control of the House of Representatives in a wave of Republican support across the nation. This same wave penetrated the Sierras, as the Republicans not only picked up several congressional seats, but also eroded the Democratic supermajority in the California State Legislature. However, while the Republicans were successful in Congress and picked up some seats in the Legislature, the Democrats continue to have a lock on statewide offices. The Democratic Party swept all of the statewide offices including Governor Jerry Brown being elected to a historic fourth term. In the nonpartisan Superintendent of Public Instruction race, incumbent Tom Torlakson beat out challenger Marshall Tuck 52%-48%. Thank you to everyone who went to the polls this past Tuesday and congratulations to all of the newly electeds.

CDE Announces Second Round of California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Grant

The California Department of Education (CDE) has announced the second round of funding for the California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Grant. A total of $250,000,000 in funding has been made available for the establishment of K-14 Career Pathways Programs in the form of one-time competitive grants. Grants will be available for 2015-16 fiscal year through the 2016-17 fiscal year. The letter of intent to apply is due November 21, 2014, and the application is due February 6, 2015.

For application information, visit the CDE’s California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Grant and California Career Pathways Consortium Development Grant Web pages. The CDE also will hold several Grant Workshops in November for prospective applicants.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

In honor of the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the MLK Celebration Committee, Sacramento County Office of Education and Sojourn To The Past is pleased to announce the 2nd  annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. The theme of the contest is: How has the Civil Rights Act of 1964 impacted the world you live in today?

Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity, content, coherence and adherence to theme.

Winning essays will be published on the MLK Committee website and recognized as part of the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner on January 31st at the Sheraton Hotel Sacramento. Winners will be chosen from elementary, middle and high school categories.

You can find more information on the contest rules and how to apply here.

New Special Education Video!

Rocketship Los Sueños Academy, as an LEA for special education purposes, has utilized the autonomy and flexibility as part of this option to create an inclusive setting that offers quality supports for all students. As part of their collaborative approach, special education and general education teachers work together in a co-teaching model to support the needs of all students.

CCSA recently visited the school in San Jose to learn how they serve as an exceptional LEA model for charter schools. Watch the video and read more.

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.