November 7, 2012
Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) released the following statement today applauding the citizens of California for passing the "Schools and Local Public Safety Act" (Proposition 30) on November 6.
"On behalf of the over 480,000 students in the 1,065 charter public schools in California, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) thanks voters for supporting Governor Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 or the 'Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act,' which CCSA endorsed in March, because our Board knew it would bring much relief to California's chronic budget problems, helping public schools throughout our state, including charter public schools."
"Education budget cuts have severely impacted charter public schools and their students 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. Proposition 30 was the only solution put to voters that will lessen the chronic budget cuts that have severely harmed our schools and provide increased funding and stability for California's historically volatile budget, putting students and public safety first. By passing Proposition 30, voters prevented an estimated $5 billion ($460 per student) in cuts to education."
"All public schools are facing challenges but with the passage of Proposition 30 we now have real solutions and funding that will go directly to where it's needed most--in the classroom. Due to the passage of Proposition 30, we look forward to working with Governor Brown and the California Legislature to continue addressing the funding crisis in education."
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,065 charter public schools and more than 484,000 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.