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March 9, 2011
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

SAN DIEGO, California.--A former economic development executive was named Charter School Leader of the Year at the 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference today, which is being held in San Diego.

Cameron Curry, executive director of The Classical Academy, received the Hart Vision Award for his contributions to the charter school movement in the past year, particularly in the independent study arena. Since their inception twelve years ago, The Classical Academies have run a hybrid model, focusing their services on independent study options for students. While some are in the classroom 2-3 days a week, others can choose to be home schooled full time.

"This idea came about one night when my wife and I were talking in our living room, and we asked ourselves 'Where will our children attend school and what options do we have in our community when it comes to education? Being a part of founding The Classical Academy was really to offer our own kids the best education possible, and to make those options available to others as well," said Curry.

The Classical Academy opened in 1999 in the San Diego area with 200 students. Their three schools and one personalized center currently have an enrollment of over 2,200 students, and each student receives a personalized crafted academic plan.

"Cameron Curry is one of the most active charter school leaders in our state, and has been a strong voice for the choices available in the charter school movement," said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. "Cameron is someone who continues to advocate for the culture that everyone has different needs, and that there is choice out there to meet those needs."

The Classical Academy aims to partner with families in order to inspire each student to think critically, communicate effectively, and achieve success by providing academic choice.

"That's what the charter movement is all about...the choice. You have a choice of where you want to have dinner, or watch a movie, but in public education you don't' have a lot of choices, and that's what makes charters really outstanding," added Curry. "It's exciting to know that there's a quality program to meet every child's needs."

The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

For more information on the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, please visit www.charterconference.org.

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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