Capitol Update 1/22/15

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February 1, 2015

Education was a hot topic in the Capitol this week: the Senate Education Committee held an informational hearing on the current status of the Local Control Funding Formula; the Legislative Analyst’s Office released two education reports: a report recommending a repeal of last year’s school district reserve cap in the budget, and a review of initial Local Control Accountability Plans. There was also debate about the three different school bond proposals floating around; and finally, Governor Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano formed a committee of two to take a holistic look at UC Finances.

Charter School Revolving Loan Funding Round Open

The California School Finance Authority (CSFA) opened the 2014-15 funding round for the Charter School Revolving Loan Fund Program. The application due date is February 24, 2015 at 5 pm. Please see CSFA’s website for a copy of the FAQ, loan application, and instructions. This program provides loans of up to $250,000 to charter schools in their first charter term.

Local Control Accountability Plan Webinar Series


The State Board of Education along with WestEd announced that registration is now available for Part 3 of LCAP Webinar Series for local educational agencies. The LCAP Webinar Part 3 – Making Data Meaningful in the LCAP will be presented from 3:30-4:30 pm on Monday, February 2, 2015. You can view the full post and register here.  WestEd is the California State Board of Education’s Local Control Funding Formula resource provider, and their LCFF website provides a wide range of  resources to supporting local implementation of California’s LCFF and LCAPs.

Don't Miss CCSA's Winter Business Managers' Meetings!

Have 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. Find out more today.

Finance Academy Coming Soon!

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. Sign up today!

Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

Conference: 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