Capitol Update 2/12/15

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February 12, 2015

This week, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he is running for Governor in 2018. This makes him the first candidate to jump into the race, allowing him to raise funds for his future campaign. The announcement was not a surprise among political circles as Gavin Newsom was long expected to run for either a United States Senate Seat or Governor. However, the timing of the announcement will place particular pressure on former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who is currently deciding on whether to run against Attorney General Kamala Harris for Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat in 2016 or to hold off and run for a different office in 2018.

Assembly Education Informational Hearing on School Facilities

This week, the Assembly Education Committee held an informational hearing regarding school facilities. During the hearing, lawmakers heard about the Governor’s school facilities proposal, the status of the school facility program, the charter school facility grant program, and various other programs. During the hearing, lawmakers repeatedly expressed concern with the Governor’s proposal and lack of a school bond, while districts raised issue with potentially having to spend general fund dollars on school facilities. In addition, several stakeholders raised concern about the inability of some school districts to pass local bonds and underscored the importance of a state and local partnership on school facilities. This hearing marks the beginning of what is likely to be a long debate in the Legislature about the future of school facilities funding in California. You can watch the full video of the hearing on Calchannel. Next week, the Senate Education Committee is holding a similar hearing regarding school facilities.

Advisory Commission on Charter Schools Meeting

The Advisory Commission on Charter Schools met this week to discuss two appeals, including the renewal of Flex Academy of San Francisco and a new school charter petition from The New School of San Francisco. The board voted unanimously to recommend approval for The New School of San Francisco to the State Board of Education. However, the board was unable to garner enough votes to recommend renewal of Flex Academy. The two schools will be up for consideration at the State Board of Education meeting to be held on March 12-13, 2015.

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! One workshop is still available for February 17.

Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

Conference: March 16-19, 2015 thousands 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 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.