March 5, 2012:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today endorsing Governor Jerry Brown's "Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act" in the upcoming November elections:
"On behalf of the 982 charter public schools in California, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is supporting Governor Brown's 'Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act,' which would bring much needed relief to California's chronic budget problems, helping public schools throughout our state, including charter public schools. The Governor's initiative is the right approach that will invest in our students now and in the long-term."
"Education budget cuts have severely impacted charter public schools across the state. As demonstrated by a recent Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) report, charter public schools are systematically underfunded, and recent budget cuts and deferrals have put many of our charter schools--new and existing--in a precarious situation. The Governor's initiative is the only solution that will end the chronic budget cuts that have severely harmed our schools and provide increased funding and stability for California's historically volatile budget, putting schools and public safety first."
"All public schools are facing challenges and the Governor's tax initiative will provide real solutions and funding that will go directly to where it's needed most--in the classroom. It is time to get our education system back on track."
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.