3/2/12 Charter News Round-Up Special: CA Charter Schools Conference

March 2, 2012

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This week, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) held the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento. The conference is an opportunity to get our charter members and supporters together in one place for a chance to get resources and learn about issues and challenges charter schools face, and also to learn from each other.

CCSA also honored some of our schools and leaders with Hart Vision Awards, and announced the winners of the Susan Steelman Bragato scholarship.

One event that stood out was the Rally for Funding Equity at the State Capitol. Seeing so many charter leaders, parents, students and supporters in one place to demand for equity had a lasting effect on many of our attendees and staff, and ensured our voices, united, were heard.

In this week's Charter News Round-Up, we wanted to highlight some of the stories from the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference that were profiled in the media.

Read CCSA's press release on the rally, which included speakers Governor Jerry Brown, CCSA's president and CEO Jed Wallace, Margaret Fortune of Fortune School, and Jackie Elliot, founder of the PUC schools. The Sacramento Bee covered the rally, as did the California Channel and Capitol Public Radio. We will bring you those stories when they are posted.

St. HOPE Public School 7's Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year was featured in the Sacramento Bee, Capitol Public Radio, and KCRA (NBC-TV). You can also read CCSA's press release here](/blog/2012/02/sacramentos-st-hope-public-school-7-ps7-named-charter-school-of-the-year-by-the-california-charter-s.html) and PS7's statement. Be sure to view the Hart Vision Award video tribute to PS7.

Our other Charter School of the Year, Gabriella Charter, was also featured in the Sacramento Bee, and you can read CCSA's press release about what makes this school a standout in our community.

Rocklin Academy's David Patterson was honored with the Charter Leader of the Year award, and was also profiled in the Sacramento Bee and the Rocklin Placer Herald. Read CCSA's press release and see Dr. Patterson's video.

The Hart Vision Teacher of the Year, Kelly Sullivan Perez, was featured in the Fountain Valley Patch.com. Read CCSA's press release and view a video of Ms. Perez in the classroom.

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff was honored with the Elected Official of the Year award. Read CCSA's press release, as well as Senator Huff's statement and the brief on the Monrovia Now website.

Erika Higgins Ross, a volunteer from WISH Charter School in Los Angeles, was also honored. View the video tribute to Ms. Ross and read CCSA's press release

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful Conference!

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