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March 3, 2014 PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Dannie Tillman
(213) 924-2439
dtillman@calcharters.org

(San Jose, California) - Nearly 3,000 charter school leaders gather to celebrate people, innovation and academic achievement in California's charter schools at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference, held March 3-6, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA. Hosted by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), the three-day annual conference draws the charter movement's best and brightest leaders and is the largest state charter school conference in the country.

This year's conference theme is "Achievement through Innovation." Cultivating innovation and sharing best practices are vital to a movement rich in diversity and committed to accountability. In addition to 160+ workshops, 250+ exhibitors, a Parent Summit, and many special programming events, there are celebrations designed to recognize excellence, refuel passion and reignite imagination.

The California Charter Schools Conference offers resources, guidance, and advocacy support to a charter school movement that has grown to 1,130 schools serving 519,000 students.

"The impact of charter schools in California continues to grow and gain momentum with educators, parents, and community leaders wanting more innovation and choice for our children's education. This annual gathering of so many esteemed and diverse professionals in the charter school movement is a clear recognition that there is a dynamic force focused on transforming the educational landscape for millions of students in the state and across the nation," said CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace.

The conference will also include tours of several San Jose charter schools and keynote addresses from the following charter school leaders and supporters:

Tuesday, March 4

ReedHastingsReed Hastings, founder and CEO, Netflix, will give the opening keynote address on Tuesday. In addition to being CEO of Netflix, Hastings is a member of the board of directors of several educational non-profits, including CCSA.

"As a strong supporter of effective education and the charter school movement in California, I am proud to be a part of celebrating the innovators and achievement makers that comprise the fabric of the charter school community at CCSA's 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference," said Reed Hastings, founder and CEO, Netflix. "With 1,130 charter schools in the state, California is clearly at the forefront of transforming public education. This annual gathering of charter school leaders from across the state to engage with each other and expand their knowledge is a powerful testament to the shared commitment of ensuring that every child attains a high quality education."

Wednesday, March 5

Thumbnail image for JedWallace.jpgJed Wallace, president and CEO, CCSA, will present the keynote address on Wednesday. Under Wallace's leadership, CCSA supports more charter schools than any other state in the nation.

San Jose Charter School Tours. Also on Wednesday, from 8:30 am - 10:30 am, conference attendees have the opportunity to visit and tour several local San Jose charter schools including, Downtown College Prep, ACE Charter Middle School, Voices College-Bound Language Academy, and Alpha Middle School.

Thursday, March 6

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Lisa Leslie, four time Olympic Gold Medalist, former WNBA player, co-owner of the LA Sparks, author, and charter school advocate will give the closing keynote address on Thursday.

"Charter schools in California are groundbreaking innovators inspiring students to excel and reach their highest academic potential," said Lisa Leslie, four time Olympic Gold Medalist, former WNBA player and charter school advocate. "I am honored to be a part of CCSA's conference and share my own educational journey and why I support the charter school movement."

Learn more about the event.

To easily view each day's schedule, download the free conference app by searching for "ConfServices" in the App store and look for the grey and white "CS" icon.

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About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,130 charter public schools and more than 519,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) 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. The Mission of CCSA is to enable our members to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by securing policy wins supportive of charter schools and providing the supports necessary to open and expand quality charter schools. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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