CCSA Statement on LAUSD Superintendent's Public School Choice Recommendations

March 10, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today on Superintendent Ramon Cortines' recommendations for the applicants to run schools under the second round of Public School Choice:

"While we are heartened to see that in many cases the Superintendent has recommended high quality charter school applicants to operate new programs under Round 2 of the Public School Choice Program, in several instances it is clear that he has not fully taken into account the track record of applicants, the expressed desire of parents and the recommendations of his own independent reviewers."

"Fortunately, the members of the LAUSD board of education will have an opportunity to review his recommendations and we are confident that, when they do, they will recognize that even more highly respected charter school organizations should be given the opportunity to have even greater impact on student learning in Los Angeles."

"Every one of the charter applicants in the Round of Public School Choice has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that their schools significantly outperform traditional LAUSD schools serving similar populations in those same communities. Most significantly, the applicant schools have proven that they know how to reduce the performance gap that too often plagues children from low-income families."

"We urge the School Board to reach their own conclusions, based on the charter applicants' proven performance and the very clear desire of parents and communities to have better public school options for kids."

About the California Charter Schools Association*

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and more than 365,000 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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