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January 10, 2011 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2011

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

SACRAMENTO, California (January 10, 2011)

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today following Governor Jerry Brown's 2011-12 budget proposal:

"We applaud Governor Brown's commitment to protect public education in his proposed budget plan, as it reflects his support to public schools--including charters--as California continues to face challenging economic times."

"As public schools, charter schools are very much affected by the precarious economic situation. However, this budget proposal, should it be adopted, will ensure that schools can continue with their plans without the strain of additional cuts. We ask the Legislature to support public education as the budget process moves forward, and to approve the Governor's budget proposal as it relates to public education with no additional reductions to funding."

"The budget proposal contains many tough choices in many areas, and it is a sobering reminder to Californians that difficult decisions lie ahead. Public education funding is very much contingent on the extension of taxes that voters will have to approve in the coming months. We urge that students continue to be a priority, and that the brunt of cuts are kept away from classrooms that have already weathered difficult budgets."

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools 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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