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April 29, 2011 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2011

Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
(213) 256-9489
sjenkins@calcharters.org

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2011) - This week, the non-profit Families in School announced two staff transitions - that founding President and CEO Maria Casillas was leaving to take a new position at Los Angeles Unified School District and that long-time employee Oscar Cruz would be taking over the helm at the non-profit.

Allison Bajracharya, Los Angeles Managing Regional Director for the California Charter Schools Association, released the following statement on these changes:

"Maria Casillas has been a tireless advocate for parents throughout her long career in education and it is exciting that her new role will maximize her experience and impact on the families of Los Angeles. The charter school community has had the privilege of working with Maria countless times and we look forward to continuing to work toward our common goal of ensuring every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to attend a high-quality school where parents are partners in their children's education."

"We also want to congratulate Oscar Cruz for his new position at Families in Schools. Oscar has been a phenomenal partner over the past year and we know the non-profit is in good hands; we look forward to a continued partnership with their team."

Maria A. Casillas will be moving into a new position at Los Angeles Unified School District as the Chief of School, Family & Parent/Community Services. Oscar Cruz, who has served as Vice President of Families in Schools over the past year, will assume his new role on May 1.

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