20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award to Congressman George Miller

March 13, 2013

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Contact: Vicki Grenz
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SAN DIEGO, California (Mar 12, 2013)-Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) presented the annual Hart Vision Award to Representative George Miller as our Elected Official of the Year, announced Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.

"Congressman Miller has been a pillar of support for children during his long career of public service and a vocal proponent of education reform," said Wallace.

"Congressman Miller has said that a main challenge facing the United States is the need to correct the disparities that exist in our country. Assuring quality education is vital to correcting these inequities," added Wallace.

As chair of the House Education and Labor committee from 2007 - 2010, Congressman Miller has been a long-time leader of ensuring that all children have access to a high quality education that equips them to compete in a global workforce.

In 2011 and 2012, Miller supported the Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act - bipartisan legislation that took several steps to increase charter schools' accountability to their students, the community, and charter school boards. The bill made critical improvements to ensure that charter schools share innovative practices to improve all public schools. Under this reauthorization of the charter school program, students with disabilities, English language learners and other traditionally underserved students will have increased opportunities to attend and succeed at high-quality charter schools.

The award was presented at the California Charter Schools Association's 20th anniversary conference held March 12-14, 2013 in San Diego.

The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,063 charter public schools and more than 484,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to empower parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education so that highly autonomous and accountable schools of choice provide quality learning opportunities for all California students. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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