Capitol Update 1/15/15

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January 19, 2015

Yesterday, the State Board of Education held their first meeting in 2015. There were two charter specific items on the agenda. First, congratulations to OnePurpose Charter School, whose appeal was approved with a unanimous vote, becoming the sixth charter approved by the SBE within a year. Also, congratulations to Brian Bauer and Curtis Washington on their re-appointment to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS), and congratulations to Arturo Delgado and Atyani Howard on their appointments to the ACCS.

2015-16 Governor’s Budget Materials Now Available

Last week we reported on some education highlights from the Governor’s Budget for 2015-16, which was released on January 9. The proposal includes $7.8 billion ongoing and one-time funding increases for California’s schools including increases for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), charter school facilities and the elimination of payment deferrals. We have posted several new budget resources on CCSA’s budget webpage, including a comprehensive 2015-16 Governor’s Budget Brief and a 2015-16 LCFF Model Simulator.

2016 School Facilities Bond

This week, the California Building Industry Association and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing filed a $9 billion school bond initiative for the November 2016 ballot. The proposal includes $500 million for charter schools. In addition, Senator Carol Liu introduced SB 114, a 2016 school bond bill that would appropriate up to 5% of the unspecified amount of funds to charter schools. Another school bond bill is expected to be introduced in the Assembly by the end of the week. CCSA is carefully reviewing the initiative and legislative proposals and will keep you apprised as more details become available.

Action Alert: Tell Your Charter School Story!

California's 120 Legislators tackle a range of issues each day. This year, critical decisions about California's public education system are being made, and charter school supporters must make their voices heard. 
 
Take three minutes today to remind your legislators that charter schools are part of the solution to problems with public education, taking on some of the toughest challenges, and deserve equitable funding and treatment. Our automated system makes it easy to connect with your representatives - tell your charter school story today!

LCFF Update from CDE - Final LCAP Template Posted

The California Department of Education (CDE) has posted updates to its LCFF web page. The updates include the final regulations on LCFF Implementation, including the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) template. These regulations were approved by the SBE in November and finally approved by the Office of Administrative Law this month. Questions about the LCFF should be directed to the CDE’s Local Agency Systems Support Office by e-mail at lcff@cde.ca.gov.

Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

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.

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.