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January 23, 2012 Los Angeles is the heart of the charter school movement with more than 200 charter schools serving 80,000+ students. In LA, charter schools outperform traditional schools across the board and are providing critical educational opportunities to students. Despite this incredible success, charter schools are under attack. That's why charter school parents, teachers and students from across the city will stand up and speak out at a rally in front of LA Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 4 to demand:

  • High-quality schools in every neighborhood for all public school students!
  • Quality space to learn for all public school students!
  • Equal funding for all public school students!
  • That parent voices are heard!

Families That Can is coordinating the rally, with CCSA member schools across LA mobilizing their parents for this important event. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the rally and FTC is working with a variety of community organizations and public officials who are passionate about public education.

"This rally is the kick-off for a year-long campaign to keep education reform front and center in Los Angeles, and to make certain parents are meaningfully involved in the decisions that will impact our children," said Corri Ravare, Executive Director of Families That Can.

Dr. Jacqueline Elliott, CCSA's LA Region Member Council Representative, plans to bring 2,000 parents, students and teachers from PUC Schools for the event. She shared her perspective in a recent blog post on the CCSA website, writing "We are at a critical moment for education reform in Los Angeles and it is up to us to stand up and make sure our elected leaders are held accountable! Our students deserve nothing less."

The Los Angeles rally is one of several events being planned across the state this spring to demonstrate that the charter school movement simply will not be held back. In Sacramento, charter supporters will rally on the capitol steps during the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference and Advocacy Week. That event "takes advantage of our conference location in the best possible way," said Jed Wallace, CCSA's President and CEO. "By convening in Sacramento, not only do we have the opportunity to hear from policymakers on how they make decisions and what decisions they make, but we also the have the opportunity to let policymakers hear directly from us and to witness firsthand the size and strength of our movement."

No matter which area of the state you're in, there are plenty of opportunities for you to join the thousands of us who will make our voices heard this spring. For more information on how you can get involved in the Los Angeles rally, visit www.familiesthatcan.org/rally. Learn more about the Sacramento rally at www.charterconference.org. And stay tuned for information about upcoming events in other areas.

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