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July 2, 2012

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

On July 2, the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Board of Education voted to re-elect Mónica García as School Board President for the 2012-13 school year, an unprecedented sixth consecutive term. Board Member Tamar Galatzan was appointed vice president for the 2012-13 school year.

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement:

"I'd like to congratulate Board Member Garcia on her re-election and thank her for her incredible service to the students and families of Los Angeles.

Garcia has shown her deep commitment to improving public schools over the course of her term. She has supported the growth of high-quality charter schools in response to demand from parents for more options. She has tirelessly fought to make sure parents have a voice in public schools and has boldly worked to transform public education in Los Angeles through revolutionary programs like the LAUSD Public School Choice initiative. She has prioritized turning around underperforming schools, both traditional and charter, as we saw recently with the novel approach to fold struggling Santa Monica Charter School into highly successful Fenton Avenue Charter School.

Charter schools are proud to be partners with LAUSD in working towards our common goal of ensuring that all students in Los Angeles have access to a high-quality education and we look forward to working with Boardmembers Garcia and Galatzan in their leadership roles, as well as Superintendent John Deasy and the rest of the LAUSD board members."

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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