CCSA Statement on Race to the Top

August 24, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 24, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575
vwaters@calcharters.org

SACRAMENTO, California (August 24, 2010)
Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today regarding the federal government's decision not to award California a Race to the Top school-reform grant.

"We are extremely disappointed that California did not make the final cut in the second round of the Race to the Top grant, as over 200 charter schools that signed on to support the state's application will not have access to the funds needed to implement meaningful reforms.

"While the Administration's announcement is a setback to California's education reform overall vision, it will not deter CCSA's commitment to transform public education, and bring high-quality education choices to families and children in the communities that most need it."

Under Race to the Top, California stood to receive some $700 million.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 809 charter public schools that educate more than 341,000 charter school students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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