CCSA Statement Lauding 2011 California Distinguished Schools

April 12, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 12, 2011

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(916) 448-0995 x 302
vwaters@calcharters.org

SACRAMENTO, California (April 12, 2011) - Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today applauding the winners of the 2011 California Distinguished Schools Award:

"We are very pleased with this important recognition for charter schools, as it highlights the kind of high-quality education that we are delivering to students across California. Twenty percent of the schools selected for this honor are charters, even though charter schools make up only around 10% of the state's public schools."

"Charter schools are truly having a positive impact and closing the achievement gap, particularly between affluent and underserved communities. For instance, five of the six schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) named are charters, and in Oakland Unified, four of the five schools to receive this important award are charter schools."

"These charter schools are true models of high standards and accountability, and are preparing students to meet the challenges of the future. We commend their commitment to education and hard work."

"As charter schools continue to grow in numbers and academic achievement in California, we intend to continue pushing for higher results and accountability, regardless of any obstacles or challenges that may arise."

The 19 charter schools named as 2011's California Distinguished Schools are:

American Indian Public Charter (Oakland USD), American Indian Public Charter School II (Oakland USD), American Indian Public High School (Oakland USD), KIPP Bridge Charter (Oakland USD), KIPP Summit Academy (San Lorenzo USD), University High (Fresno USD), Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy (Los Angeles USD), Granada Hills Charter High (Los Angeles USD), ICEF Vista Middle Academy (Los AngelesUSD), KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory (Los Angeles USD), Port of Los Angeles High (Los AngelesUSD), Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (Natomas USD), River Valley Charter (Lakeside Union Elementary), Albert Einstein Academy Middle (San Diego USD), Preuss School UCSD (San Diego USD), KIPP Bayview Academy (San Francisco USD), Aspire Langston Hughes Academy (Stockton USD), Pacific Collegiate Charter (Santa Cruz Co. Office of Ed).

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the California School Recognition Program. A total of 97 schools received the award this year. The 2011 California Distinguished Schools will be honored during an awards ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on May 20, 2011. For more information, visit www.cde.ca.gov.

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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