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October 8, 2010 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 8, 2010

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

SACRAMENTO, California (October 8, 2010)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the 2011-11 State Budget today. Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued the following statement in response:

"In this tough economy, and challenging budgetary times, we commend and applaud the Governor and the Legislature for putting kids first, and protecting critical funding for charter schools across the state."

"High-quality education is a top priority for the Association, and as the demand for more charter schools continues to grow, so does the need for funding and facilities. The funds for both SB 740 and categorical funding will help charter schools overcome some of the economic challenges they face."

"As public schools, charter schools are providing important new choices to parents and students seeking improved learning opportunities. We thank the Governor and Legislature for approving a budget that recognizes that public charter school students should be provided the same level of resources that are provided to all of California's public school students.

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.

Note to Media: We invite you to pursue the story and interview members of the California Charter Schools Association. CCSA will fully support your needs for resources pertaining to the story.

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