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The 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference and Anniversary Celebration

03.11.2013 - 03.14.2013
5:00 PM - 12:00 PM
San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
The mission of the California Charter Schools Conference is to inspire academic excellence, operational integrity and unity among charter schools throughout California. The annual events connects charter school experts from across the country who lead sessions on balancing your budget, obtaining a new facility, creating a safe school environment, building a productive and excellent board and how to strongly advocate for you school on the local, state and federal level.

The conference is for teachers, board members, administrators, business managers, parents, university educators, political leaders, business partners and community stakeholders.

Join our attorneys as they present on the following topics:

Tuesday, March 12 – 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

John Lemmo, Senior Counsel

Student Expulsions and Suspensions: Charter Schools Are Different

Charter schools are exempt from the detailed statutory procedures for student suspensions and expulsions that districts follow (hence the charter petition element concerning suspension and expulsion procedures). Although charters have the flexibility to streamline and tailor their own procedures, some charters still attempt to follow the Education Code process for districts, creating unnecessary and cumbersome administrative challenges. This session will discuss useful and creative options for charters and will help participants develop policies and procedures tailored to each school's circumstances.

Wendy Tucker, Senior Counsel
Hollis Peterson, Associate

Best Employment Practices and Policies: The First Line of Defense

Too many employers develop their employment policies only after an issue arises, and then it is often too late. This session will provide you with an understanding of what practices and policies your school needs in place to maximize employee efficiency and to protect your school, students, and staff members. Attendees will be provided with sample policies and have their individual questions answered.

Greg Moser, Partner (panel)

The Worst Board Meeting Ever: Learning From Outrageous Mistakes

For the third year, watch a charter school board suffer through some common and outrageous dilemmas in a fast-paced comedy of errors. Watch it all unfold and see if you can identify the trouble they make for themselves under the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and conflict of interest laws. Learn strategies for avoiding these issues from a panel of legal and governance experts as well as veteran charter school leaders.

Tuesday, March 12 – 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Greg Moser, Partner
John Lemmo, Senior Counsel
Greta Proctor, Associate

Part I: Legal Fundamentals of Charter School and Nonprofit Governance

Beginning with an unscripted mock board meeting, we illustrate common dilemmas and errors. Only charter school boards try to follow the Brown Act, California's uniquely strict conflict of interest laws and corporate rules while running a school and other businesses. Our panel of experts offers sample agenda and conflict code forms and tips.

Tuesday, March 12 – 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Robert Levy, Partner

Management Training: Effective Communication and Performance Feedback

This presentation provides practical advice to managers about how to communicate effectively with others to obtain desired results. Robert Levy has spent many years as an employment attorney, primarily counseling employers, including charter schools. His four fundamental principles of management provide concrete ways to communicate with others. Armed with these tools, Bob takes the audience through counseling, performance reviews, discipline, and termination. This is a rare presentation that provides the audience with many things they can do, as opposed to the usual litany of all the things they cannot.

Tuesday, March 12 – 2:25 PM – 3:40 PM

Greg Moser, Partner
John Lemmo, Senior Counsel
Greta Proctor, Associate
Aiko Yamakawa, Associate

Part II: Free Legal Clinic on Charter School and Nonprofit Governance

Bring your agenda, articles, bylaws, conflict policies and codes, and other governance-related materials for review. In small groups, we will identify legal issues and suggest improvements or changes. During the second half of the session, we will report on the key issues to the entire group (anonymously).

Tuesday, March 12 – 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

John Lemmo, Senior Counsel (panel)

How to Acquire Facilities Under Proposition 39

Understand your charter school's rights to reasonably equivalent facilities from your district under Proposition 39 and State Board of Education regulations. Charter School developers and operators can benefit from this session, whether conversion or start-up, whether already in a district facility or not. We will also assist schools in negotiating the best deal possible by addressing common terms from use agreements and strategies for reducing use charges. Get up-to-date information on the latest district strategies and updates from recent cases.

Greg Moser, Partner (co-presenter)

Authorizers' Authority Over Charter Schools

Authorizers and charter schools both face a dynamic legal and political landscape. Friction may develop over lotteries, student discipline, accountability systems, conflicts of interest, and closure procedures, among many others. Strategies for preventing, managing, and resolving conflicts take a variety of forms. Join an experienced charter developer and charter school attorney to discuss the use of MOUs, and non-legal approaches to addressing the concerns of charter authorizers and the law on oversight. We will seek best practices from attendees and provide an update on key legal developments.

Wednesday, March 13 – 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Wendy Tucker, Senior Counsel
Annie Macaleer, Associate

Sex, Lies &Social Media: Navigating the Cyber Highway

Experienced legal practitioners will provide you with up-to-date legal information and practical tips specifically designed for charter schools with their unique challenges. This presentation will provide you with a sample policy and guidelines as to when and how you can limit both staff and students' speech on the Internet. A must-attend presentation!

Wednesday, March 13 – 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Greg Moser, Partner (panel)

Making the Parent Empowerment Law Work

The parent trigger law provides a new way for parents to take control of a local school and transform it. Hear how you can make it work for your community from the team that is bringing the idea to life in Adelanto through community organizing, political, and regulatory and litigation actions. We will answer questions and update you on the conversion of the Desert Trails Elementary School to a community-focused charter school. Can you do this at your school?

Wendy Tucker, Senior Counsel
Hollis Peterson, Associate

Unions and Charter Schools: Navigating the Minefield

Even if your school is not unionized, you may still have to deal with unionization attempts. This session will review the employer's rights in dealing with union solicitation, a unionization campaign, collective bargaining, and employee discipline, or termination in the union context.

Wednesday, March 13 – 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Greg Moser, Partner (panel)

Managing Growth: CMOs, EMOs and their Siblings

Your first charter school was a success. Now you want to extend your mission through new schools and local and international charity work. You want to generate revenues from a preschool, admit foreign students, sell online courses, and provide professional development services. What is the best way to grow your organization? How will growth affect your board, finances, authorizer(s), and employees? Discuss strategies with a nonprofit charter CEO, a back-office financial services company founder, and a charter school attorney who have built multi-charter, multi-state CMOs and EMOs.

Thursday, March 14 – 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

John Lemmo, Senior Counsel (co-presenter)

Charter Facilities: A How-To Guide (non-Prop 39)

Facilities are one of the major barriers to opening, scaling, and sustaining quality charter schools. This interactive session will cover and demystify the major issues around finding and securing appropriate facilities, zoning/permitting/occupancy, funding source opportunities and limits, site selection, and getting it done right by building the best team for your school.

Marie Burke Kenny, Partner
Wendy Tucker, Senior Counsel

Wage & Hour Issues: Charter Schools Cannot Follow District Policies

Wage and hour laws applicable to charter schools are not the same as those that apply to district-run schools. Learn what your school needs to do differently to avoid running afoul of California's wage and hour laws and avoid expensive lawsuits.

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