CCSA Statement on the Inauguration of Superintendent Tom Torlakson

January 3, 2011

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For Immediate Release
January 3, 2011

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575

SACRAMENTO, California (January 3, 2011)

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement on the inauguration of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

"On behalf of the charter schools represented by the California Charter Schools Association, we congratulate new Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as he begins his first term today."

"The charter school community is fully committed to working with Superintendent Torlakson in the coming years as we face great challenges in public education including the state budget situation as well as issues specifically related to charters. Charter schools are experiencing unparalleled growth as more and more families and their students are choosing charters as their public school preference. The Association and our members remain committed to increasing choice options, as well as strengthening academic accountability standards, and increasing fairness in the approval and renewal process."

"However, charter schools face many challenges, including funding inequity, and a lack of facilities due to non-compliance with Prop. 39. We look forward to working collaboratively with Superintendent Torlakson on these and others issues as we expect public education will remain a top priority in the state."

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

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