Capitol Update 12/18/14

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December 18, 2014

This week, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León announced new committee chairs for the next legislative year. Being selected to chair a committee can be a powerful tool in both the policy and political realm. In the Capitol, you have a large amount of control over what policy specific bills are approved in your committee. Outside of the Capitol, the chairmanship gives you a platform and visibility upon which to do political fundraising. One of the most powerful chairmanships, the Appropriations Committee is the chairmanship formerly held by pro Tem de León. This session, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the former chair of the Latino Caucus and a close ally of pro Tem de León, is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Join 1000+ Registered Charter Leaders, Teachers and Supporters at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

Explore all of the 2015 programming and register early to save money! March 16-19, 2015 hundreds of charter leaders, teachers and supporters will come together in Sacramento, CA to share their voices, learn from each other, celebrate successes and build momentum for the charter movement. CCSA is proud to offer registration specials that include discounts for CCSA member schools and groups of 3+ or 10+. Register now with a purchase order to lock-in these low rates and you won't pay until March 2015. Don't miss out on the dynamic 2015 CCSA Conference Programming. We look forward to hosting you in Sacramento.

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

The Capitol Update will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. Happy holidays!