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January 11, 2011 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 11, 2011

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

LOS ANGELES, California (January 11, 2011)

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today on the selection of John Deasy as the new Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD):

"We would like to congratulate John Deasy on his appointment as LAUSD's next Superintendent. His commitment to education is truly admirable, and he is an excellent choice to lead the district in this challenging and ever-changing education landscape."

"LAUSD is a top priority for the California Charter Schools Association, as it leads nation by far in number of charter schools and is home to about 68,500 charter school students. The collaborative work and accomplishments we have been able to reach with Superintendent Ramon Cortines have been nothing less than spectacular. We appreciate Mr. Cortines' willingness to work with charter schools in historic reform efforts, including Public School Choice, the recently signed Compact Agreement and the special education reorganization plan."

"We trust that incoming Superintendent Deasy will continue to push forward positive efforts to improve public education in LAUSD for all students, parents, and teachers, including those in charter schools."

Background information

  • Currently, there are 194 charter schools in LAUSD, the highest number of any school district in the U.S.
  • LAUSD also serves the highest charter school population of any state, over 68,000, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

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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