Capitol Update 12/5/14

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December 5, 2014

The 2015-16 California Legislative Session began this week on December 1. Legislators were sworn in, took their oath of office, and began a period known as “Organizational Session.” The extra month allows new members to get up to speed as they go through training, move into their capitol offices, set up their district offices, and hire staff. Legislators reconvene in Sacramento on January 5, 2015.

Court Affirms Nonclassroom-Based Charter School’s Right to Operate Resource Center

This week the Shasta County Superior Court found in favor of the Shasta Secondary Home School, allowing it to continue to operate its resource center outside of its authorizing district’s boundaries but within the county of that district. The Superior Court reasoned that the Legislature intended to distinguish a resource center, meeting space, or other satellite facility from a schoolsite, and that the lack of a specific restriction on in-county resource centers indicates a Legislative intent not to restrict such locations. Further, the Superior Court found that it would be an absurd result to allow charter schools to locate resource centers in adjacent counties, but not within the authorizing district’s county and outside that district’s boundaries.

CCSA filed a declaration in the case, and our Legal Defense Fund has worked with the school since the case was filed. For more information on the case, please see the Case Overview page in CCSA’s Legal Library, or contact Lisa Corr at Young Minney & Corr, who represented Shasta in the litigation at 916-646-1400.

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Releases Analysis of State Charter School Policies

This week, NACSA released On the Road to Accountability: An Analysis of State Charter School PoliciesNACSA’s timely report offers the first comprehensive survey of the national landscape of charter school authorizing structures and practices, and underscores the important role authorizers play in ensuring a strong charter school sector. NACSA recommends that California could create a small number of independent authorizers to authorize charter schools, and assist with the development and dissemination of model practices to California’s hundreds of authorizers. We look forward to engaging with NACSA further on these issues to improve charter school authorizing in California.

Hour of Code

As part of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14), your students may participate in the Hour of Code, a self-guided activity allowing them to try out the basics of computer science. Code.org has launched the Hour of Code to encourage interest in the computer science field and to show all students that anyone can learn the basics of coding. In 2013, nearly 15 million students participated in the Hour of Code.

Teachers can sign up to host an Hour of Code to participate. The Hour of Code’s website offers a variety of resources, including tutorials available for all ages and information kits about how to host an Hour of Code event. Additional information may be found at the Computer Science Education Week website. We encourage all that are interested to take part in this learning event.

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! Winning videos will be honored at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Association Conference in Sacramento.

The deadline to submit videos is December 15, 2014.

Visit www.ccsa.org/ommv for the online video toolkit and 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.