June 12, 2012 Dear Members:
In a video CCSA launched recently, Hae-Sin Thomas, the President and CEO of Education for Change in Oakland, said the charter school movement has been "an appropriately disruptive innovation in California," one that has been "really, really powerful at significantly changing the trajectory" of students' lives across the state. I couldn't have said it better myself. The work our schools are doing--the work you are doing--is changing lives.
We at the Association are proud to support that work. Whether it's through our Help Desk assistance, which offers a 24-hour turnaround on inquiries from members, or through our special education advocacy (both of which we feature below this month), the work we do has an impact that is felt by 412,000 students across the state today, and hopefully by even more students and families tomorrow.
While defenders of the status quo would rather ignore the high-quality choices charter schools offer to communities, and shun the movement's 20 years of reinventing public education, we forge on, putting the needs of children first. I know that especially around the end of the school year, it can sometimes feel exhausting, but as you will read in this edition of the California Charter Advocate, a laser-like focus on students can work wonders.
I hope this summer allows you to recharge your batteries and to turn your attention to the coming year, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of California's Charter Schools Act. We're excited to be here with you to celebrate the success of the movement and your contribution to it.
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association