May 4, 2011:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
SACRAMENTO, California--Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today on AB 1172:
"Today, the Assembly Education Committee rejected AB 1172 (Mendoza-D), a measure intended to limit growth of charter schools across the state. This bill would have limited parental choice, negatively impacting thousands of families and students seeking a better public education."
"AB 1172 would have limited choice in communities by allowing school districts to deny charter petitions based on financial impact, putting the needs of adults above those of children. At a time when states across the U.S. are approving legislation to promote charter school growth, this bill was out of touch with the community, and it would have taken California backwards in achieving true education reform."
"We applaud the committee members for stopping this blatant attack on charter schools, and recognizing the important role that charters play in public education throughout the state. We hope this is the beginning of the end of efforts to limit charter school growth, add new, bureaucratic regulations that take away charters' flexibility, and hamstring charters with inequitable funding."
California has 912 charter schools serving over 365,000 students, the largest of any state in the nation. In addition, charter schools are public schools, tuition-free, and open to all students, and provide innovative, alternative and diverse educational programs with the goal of improving academic achievement. Charter schools operate free of most rules and regulations in exchange for increased accountability.
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.