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July 14, 2010 CCSA is a proud supporter of the Education Pioneers summer fellowship program. Through the program, graduate school students from business, law, policy, education and other disciplines leverage their skills and experience to address critical urban education issues.

Participation as a partner in the Education Pioneers program represents a commitment to developing exceptional talent, to driving change in the urban education reform movement, and to building efficiency across the education sector. CCSA has been an Education Pioneers partner for the past three years, hosting fellows who have focused on membership, special education and facility finance.

This year, CCSA will host four Education Pioneers in the Los Angeles office:

Esmeralda Flores, who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Communication Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from San Francisco State University, will help put together an approach that will enable Families That Can to build relationships with charter schools, beginning with L.A. and expanding statewide, so as to ensure that FTC provides charter parents with a voice and the resources to ensure they have excellent education choices for their students.

Elsa Jacobsen, a third year law student at the J. Reuben Clark School (BYU), will be performing legal analysis of several issues facing the charter school movement, including Prop. 39 and facilities issues, charter school governance and operations, and lobbying and campaign participation. She will also assist in the development of CCSA's online legal library.

Lianna Kong, who is pursuing an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management, is working on the development of a tool that will provide CCSA with the quantitative support it requires in developing advocacy strategies and campaigns concerning charter school facilities and tracking the progress and effectiveness of CCSA facility advocacy initiatives.

Gohar Sedighi, a candidate for a Master in Public Administration degree from Columbia University, is conducting an asset map analysis to help the Los Angeles Regional Advocacy Team and the charter community, with the goal of expanding and strengthening the L.A. charter movement in the long-term.

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