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June 13, 2011 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is excited to announce that Corri Tate Ravare will be leading Families That Can, its statewide charter school parent organization, effective immediately. As executive director of Families That Can, Ravare will work to educate, empower and mobilize charter school families to advocate for their schools, and to support the growth of high-quality public school options.

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"We are tremendously excited that Corri Ravare will be leading this critical work. Not only does she have a deep passion for education advocacy and long experience in this area, but as a charter school parent herself, she has a personal connection that will allow her to have a major impact on our work," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. "These are challenging times for all public schools and especially charter schools, which makes it more important than ever that the voices of parents are heard in Sacramento."

Families That Can partners with charter schools across California to offer free on-site parent trainings, connect schools with their elected representatives and provide advocacy and grassroots organizing support.

"I'm excited to take on this critical work and to support parents in sharing their powerful stories with elected leaders. Parents and guardians are not an interest group - they are our students' first teachers and primary advocates; their voice is one that decision-makers cannot afford to ignore," said Ravare. "Parents provide the urgency to create the kind of educational system we want-- now! We need empowered parents to challenge the practices and patterns that have created the educational system with which we're dissatisfied and to make sure all our children receive the high-quality public education they deserve."

Ravare most recently served as president of Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) Public Schools, a network of 15 high-performing charter schools serving 4,600 students in South Los Angeles. The non-profit organization's goal is to develop and manage charter schools that prepare minority students to attend and compete academically at the top colleges and universities in the nation.

Prior to joining ICEF in 2004, Ravare worked for Los Angeles Unified School District Board member Genethia Hudley-Hayes and was a facilitator with LEARN, a district-wide education reform effort. She was also part of the Families That Can founding team, which in 2007 mobilized parents to stop $18 million in proposed cuts to charter school facilities funding.

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and over 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.

About Families That Can
Families That Can is non-profit, community-based organization of parents, representing charter school families across California. Founded in 2007, the organization has offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Families that Can educates, empowers and mobilizes parents to be the voice of public school students and hold our leaders accountable for ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education.

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