August 23, 2012: In 1992, Governor Pete Wilson signed SB 1446 by Senator Gary Hart, establishing the creation of charter schools in California. Twenty-years later, charter schools in our state have increasingly grown, and delivered a quality education to thousands of students. CCSA hosted a news conference at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center in San Carlos, CA to mark the occasion. Known as the birthplace of the charter movement, the San Carlos Learning Center became one of the first charters to open under the Charter Schools Act 20 years ago, and is the longest-running charter in California.
Speakers for the news conference included CCSA's President and CEO Jed Wallace, Deputy Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Don Shalvey, former Assemblymember Ted Lempert (who authored the charter expansion bill in the late 1990s), CCSA Board Chair and Summit Founder Diane Tavenner, among others. Parents, students and supporters were also on hand, including some of the original founding parents, as well as alumni.
Read our News Release. You can also view the News Conference in its entirety on our YouTube channel. The opening remarks by 8th grader Alex Fine are phenomenal. In the coming days, we will be posting more video from parents, alumni, and more, so be sure to check it out.
Also, join the celebration to mark this important occasion. Access our 20th Anniversary special web page as well as our special Toolkit for Members, which includes information, templates, and ideas about how your school can get involved.