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January 31, 2012

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

Los Angeles, CA - Top city officials and education leaders are expected to join thousands of parents at a citywide rally this Saturday, February 4, at Exposition Park in front of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to demand better public schools in Los Angeles. Among the featured speakers are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD Board President Mónica García and Superintendent John Deasy.

The rally will underscore the need for excellent public schools in every community. Too many students in Los Angeles are not getting the education they deserve. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), only 56% of students graduate from high school on time. This Saturday, parents, teachers and students from across Los Angeles will join together in a rally to stand up for all public school students and demand that parent voices be heard.

The rally will kick off at 9 a.m. with student performances, and the program will begin at 10 a.m. Local education leaders Ana Ponce, Founder of Camino Nuevo Charter Academies; Yolie Flores, Executive Director of Communities for Teaching Excellence; and Corri Ravare, Executive Director of Families That Can, as well as parents and teachers, will speak at the rally. Univisión 34 news anchor Gabriela Teissier will be the emcee for the event, which will feature both English and Spanish speakers.

The event is coordinated by Families That Can, a statewide organization of charter school parents which is part of the California Charter Schools Association, in partnership with a wide range of community organizations, including the United Way, Families In Schools, Alliance for a Better Community, Communities for Teaching Excellence, EdVoice and Democrats for Education Reform.

For more details, visit www.familiesthatcan.org/rally!

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Hi-res photos for media use:
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Caption: One of the last major parent rallies in Los Angeles was in 2009 when parents came out in favor of the LAUSD Public School Choice reform initiative.

About Families That Can

Families That Can is a statewide organization of charter school parents united to fight for high-quality public education choices and to be the voice for the children of California. Families that Can educates, empowers and mobilizes parents to hold our leaders accountable for ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education. We advocate for quality public school choices, equitable treatment and resources for charter public schools, and the advancement and growth of successful charter schools. Find out more at www.familiesthatcan.org.

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.

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