Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association vs. CDE

As you may have heard, recent lawsuit filed against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts in California. The lawsuit requires the defendant, the CDE, to provide to the Plaintiff, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, …“numerous documents as well as student data collected and stored by the CDE. Many of the requested documents and data stored in the CDE databases contain personally identifiable information ("PII") of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.”

It is possible to file an objection with the court in order to consider the privacy of your data. If you are interested, please fill out this form and send to Sacramento.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

Filling out the Objection To Disclosure Form does not guarantee your child’s information will not be released, but does express an objection to the court order.

Please note that any information that is released through this lawsuit is protected under a Protective Order, which means the plaintiff cannot disclose confidential information to the public. Confidential student information is used only for the parties, plaintiff’s attorneys, consultants, and the court. All information used in the case will be returned to the California Department of Education and/or destroyed at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

You can find more information regarding the release of student data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data by visiting the CDE website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase

You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

Online Learning is Here to Stay!

Online learning is here to stay! Why? It works! It teaches you to be an independent learner, and a creative problem solver. These are two crucial skills for the 21st century job market.

A recent study found that 65% of today’s grade-school kids will do jobs that have not been invented yet.  The world we live in has never changed at such a rapid place and this economic landscape of accelerating change demands self education as well as continual life-long learning. 

There is no better way to capture 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, media and technology literacy through individualize online learning.  When students are constantly learning independently and applying what they learned through building creative products and experiences, they rapidly develop and refine digital age skills. 

CCCS is a free public charter school. Teachers provide online learning pathways for students and students receive constant guidance, instruction, and feedback from our teachers throughout the entire week because we have made it our top priority to provide all of our students with unparalleled access to our entire staff of qualified teachers and administrators. Our students continue to benefit and succeed through personalized attention and the ability to adapt their schedule to fit their individual needs.  Not only do we offer engaging courses and electives, we can also offer Career Technical Education courses to prepare learners for post-secondary education or careers in pathways such as Health Science and Informational Technology.  Our mission is to provide educational options to students, and also assure they are prepared with the 21st century skills necessary for post-secondary education or careers.  

We understand the importance of balance and flexibility in today’s student’s lives.  Our students engage in flexible, online learning paths through unlimited access to web-based curriculum. For students involved in sports, dance, the arts, or other activities, online learning can provide the necessary flexibility.

For more information about Community Collaborative Charter School, please Contact us @ (619-535-2222) or email us info@cccs.education.

 

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Education Alternatives

Many parents are looking for alternatives to what their own public or chosen private schools have to offer. They sense that their schools have become test prep factories that only care about a score on a series of tests given each spring. They feel their child’s creativity and love of learning is being replaced with limited options and judgment of their potential via test score.

For these parents, charter schools matter, because at the end of the day, test scores don’t – or at least shouldn’t. That’s right; because charter schools are something parents opt into, they have to consciously make a decision to place their children into them. Before doing that, they also came to the conclusion that the neighborhood school either wasn’t meeting the needs of their child or that something was missing, that there was a better situation to be found elsewhere.

Therefore, parents are placing children in schools that are more philosophically in line with what they want for their children. Some parents feel their children need more discipline, some want to home-school and supplement with rigorous on-line curriculum, some just want to get their kids to graduate from high school and find programs for at-risk students where students can go to a drop-in center and visit with a mentor several times a week. Some want project –based curricular options, or work-experience tied in with basic curriculum. Doesn’t matter what the flavor, people are now looking for schools based on the type of situation that best fits their child’s personality or learning style.

Which leads us to the larger question: If your child is happy, likes school, is surrounded by caring adults and is excited about learning -  do you really care about test scores? 

The answer is of course, “No”. Because at the end of the day, your child’s success isn’t based on a number assigned to your neighborhood school, it’s based on them being in a school that excites their curiosity and creates a passion for something positive. 

Not every student fits nicely into his or her neighborhood school. Not every student will find success at a ‘good school”. That is why charter schools matter. Because, at the end of the day, it’s the smile on a young face matters most of all.