January 5, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2012-13 Budget proposal, which vows to protect public education funding. On behalf of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), President and CEO Jed Wallace issued the following statement:
"We strongly commend Governor Brown's commitment and support to protect public education funding, particularly as schools and districts continue to face difficult economic and fiscal times. The budget proposal put forth today is a reminder of the difficult times California continues to face. It is about focusing on priorities and making difficult decisions. However, the Governor is taking the right approach in supporting education and charter schools, particularly when it comes to leveling the field in access to financing and facilities inequities."
"We're encouraged to see this proposal would increase funding for charter school facilities grants and improve access to loans and other financing for charter schools. This is much needed relief for charter schools in California, which continue to grow every year due to parent demand for more public school choices."
"As the budget process moves forward, we urge the Legislature and the voters to support the Governor's plan, and fund public education--including charter schools--in order to minimize any negative impact to students."
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 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.