May 19, 2011:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, released the following statement on the passage of anti-charter legislation intended to cap the number of charters in California:
"The passage of AB 401 out of the Assembly is a step backward in the transformation needed in California's public schools. We are very disappointed that the same Legislature that approved the second charter schools law in the country almost 20 years ago now wants to create obstacles to limit the growth of charter schools, as well as the choice for parents and students looking for better public education options."
"This year, charter schools are facing unprecedented attacks in the California Legislature, as demonstrated by AB 401, and other short-sighted bills that threaten to limit the number of charter schools able to operate in the state. These attacks also aim to strip charters of their flexibility and autonomy to make decisions based on what their students need, and not on what bureaucracy dictates."
"Those who voted in favor of AB 401 today are turning a blind eye to the contributions charters have made to public education in California, and to the growing demand for quality public schools."
"Charter schools will continue to fight these attacks, and to ensure that the voices and choice of Californians are heard and respected."
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.