Capitol Update 12/11/14

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December 11, 2014

This week, while the Capitol was drenched in the largest storm it has seen in six years, the real political action was in Los Angeles where a special election was held in Senate District 35. Special Elections for the California State Legislature have slightly different rules: if one candidate takes home more than 50% of the vote in the primary, he/she wins outright and avoids a runoff election. Former Assemblymember and now Senator Isadore Hall III received 54.98% of the vote, winning the seat outright. With Senator Hall’s election the Legislature will momentarily have 120 members, but this won’t last long. Legislators who were elected to Congress will be forced to resign their positions when they are sworn in on January 3, resulting in a slew of new special elections around the state.

2014-15 Principal Apportionment Software is Now Available

The 2014-15 Principal Apportionment Data Collection Software is now available on the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Principal Apportionment Website. The website also contains significant new resources to assist you in completing the data collection. Local Educational Agencies must submit the P-1 data to the CDE no later than January 15, 2015. We stress the importance of timely data submissions due to the short turn-around time required to certify P-1 and the LCFF calculations still being a new process. If you have any questions, please contact the CDE Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education at (916) 324-4541, or by at

CCSA Business Managers' Meetings Kick Off in January 2015 - Register Today!

Got questions about the Governor's 2015-16 State Budget Proposal and how the state's financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than CCSA's Business Managers' Meetings! We will cover the current funding rates, updates on proposed changes, information on state and federal categorical programs - plus legislative and regulatory updates.

The Knowledge Management Team will dispense up-to-the-minute information. Aligned with the state budget timeline, the Business Managers’ Meetings focus on budgetary and financial information schools need to know and on legislative updates with a fiscal impact.

Register and attend an online meeting:
For questions or more information, please contact

Finance Academy 2015 Workshop Registration Now Open!

Back by popular demand, the California Charter Schools Association is again offering our one-day Finance Academy, in partnership with FCMAT. This in-person workshop, offered in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego, will assist charter schools and developers in all phases and areas of financial management.

Designed for schools that are working toward long-term sustainability, the Finance Academy is highly recommended for charter school board members and business managers, and schools working with business service providers.

Topics the Finance Academy will focus on include:
  • Budget Development
  • Cash Flow and Funding Sources
  • Data Management and Reporting (including CALPADS)
  • Fiscal Policies and Procedures
  • Fiscal Oversight and Accountability
The Finance Academy will be held in person from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on the following dates and at the following locations:
Register today!

For questions or more information, please contact

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