January 17, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(916) 448-0995 ext. 302
The following statement was issued today by Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) regarding the release of the annual ranking of state charter school laws by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), in which California ranked #9.
"We applaud the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for their efforts to monitor, analyze, compare and report publicly on the country's 42 state charter school laws. We urge the Alliance to continue to lead this work and to encourage a national-level dialogue on the importance of charter laws that create favorable policy environments for high-quality charter schools."
"We are glad other states are following California, and embracing the hope of the charter school movement by putting in place bold new policies that have led to California's ranking dropping in comparison for the second year in a row. While California's charter school movement continues to lead the nation in the number of charter school operating and students attending them, we know that California's policy makers will need to act assertively to enable our state to maintain its place of national leadership in terms of devising policies that support the success and expansion of quality charter schools. With thousands of students and families on charter school waiting lists across California, we call on our state's policy makers to heed the findings of the Alliance's report and redouble efforts to create the funding and policy environment needed to fully unleash the potential of California's charter school movement."
- California enacted the Charter Schools Act in 1992, the second state to do so after Minnesota.
- California has the highest number of charter schools in the country, with 982. This school year, 2011-12, 100 new schools opened in the state, and enrollment grew by over 13%.
- California has over 412,000 students attending charter schools, the highest number of any state in the nation.
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.