Press Releases

CCSA Issues New Statement on Public Advocates Report

CCSA is issuing a new statement (November 20, 2014), as a result of confusion of our previously issued statement on the report issued by Public Advocates.

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California Charter School Movement Grows, Enrolls Over Half A Million Students

An estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across California for the 2014-15 school year. An additional 87 new charter schools opened their doors, bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,184.

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Innovators OC and the California Charter Schools Association Partner to Increase Number of High Quality Charter Schools in Orange County

Innovators OC (IOC) has developed a unique partnership with the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) to increase the development of additional high-performing and high-quality charter schools in Orange County.

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CCSA Issues Statement on Departure of John Deasy as Superintendent of LAUSD

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today on the departure of John Deasy as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): During his tenure as Superintendent of the…

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Thousands More California Students Being Educated in High-Performing Charter Schools

CCSA’s 4th Annual Portrait of the Movement tells the story of what has happened in California’s charter school movement over the past five years, why it has happened, and what can be done to ensure continued growth and momentum in the sector.

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500 Parents Rally for New Charter School in West Adams

On May 10th, as many as 500 parents will rally for a new charter school in West Adams.

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Hundreds of Charter School Parents to Meet and Evaluate Candidates for LAUSD Board District 1 at Public Forum

More than 200 charter school parents are expected to attend a forum featuring five candidates running for LAUSD’s Board District 1 seat.

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More than 300 Charter School Supporters to Participate in CCSA's Annual Advocacy Day on May 7

CCSA hosts more than 300 charter school leaders, supporters, parents and students from across the state at annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

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CCSA Files Lawsuit Against West Contra Costa Unified School District Seeking Parcel Tax Funding Equity for Charter Public School Students

CCSA seeks a legal finding from the California courts to declare that the WCCUSD’s allocation of parcel tax proceeds to charter public schools as unconstitutional and discriminatory.

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91,000 Students Waiting to Attend Charter Schools in California

Each year during National Charter Schools Week, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) releases annual data on the number of students across the state on waiting lists to attend charter schools. This year, a record 91,000 students are on charter schools waitlists in California.

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San Diego Charter Community Gathers Today to Protect Students and Oppose AB 1531

Dozens of San Diego’s charter parents and leaders take a firm stand against Assembly Bill 1531 at a press conference in front of the district offices of Assemblymembers Gonzalez and Weber.

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Seven Hart Vision Awards Announced at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

A range of exceptional leaders in the charter school movement were presented with Hart Vision Awards at CCSA’s 21st Annual Conference.

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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Presented with Hart Vision Award for Supporter of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Since 2005, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has invested in California’s charter school movement to help create school cultures of continuous improvement, collaboration and innovation through the systematic use of data.

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2014 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships Honor Five Outstanding High School Seniors with College Scholarships

CCSA is proud to award $1,500 individual college scholarships to five deserving high school graduates at Association member charter schools at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

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Joanne Ahola Presented with Hart Vision Award for Volunteer of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Joanne Ahola is a member of the Golden Valley Charter School’s board of directors and is a strong advocate for charter partnerships with the traditional school system to ensure all children receive a high quality education.

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El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy Presented with Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

El Sol Science and Arts Academy is a dual-immersion charter school in Santa Ana. The school was founded in 2001 with 110 students and now has more than 850 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade.

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Five Keys Charter School Presented with Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Since it opened its first school, Five Keys has been educating inmates and ex-offenders in a pro-social environment by providing high school classes and access to community-based programs that provide recovery, parenting, and work skills.

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Brittany Barnes Presented with Hart Vision Award for Teacher of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Barnes is recognized as one of the leading math teachers in California for her work with a traditionally underperforming student population.

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Marco Petruzzi Presented with Hart Vision Award for School Leader of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Petruzzi is one of only a few leaders across California and the U.S. to take on multiple turnarounds of existing neighborhood schools in underserved communities.

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Mónica García Presented with Hart Vision Award for Elected Official of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Mónica García represents Board District 2 in LAUSD, the second-largest school district in the nation. She has held this office since June 2006.

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Nearly 3,000 Charter Leaders, Teachers, and Parents Gather in San Jose for the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

The 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference, kicked off March 3-6, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA.

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21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference: "Achievement through Innovation" Kicks-Off March 4, 2014 in San Jose (Pre-Conference Programs Begins March 3)

Nearly 3,000 charter school leaders and supporters will gather to celebrate people, innovation and academic achievement in California’s charter schools at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools held March 3-6, 2014 in San Jose.

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New Report: Renewing the Promise: How Charter Middle and High Schools Are Putting Oakland Students on the Path to College

The California Charter Schools Association released a new report, Renewing the Promise: How Charter Middle and High Schools Are Putting Oakland Students on the Path to College.

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CCSA Issues Statement on LAUSD's Denial of Two High Performing Aspire Charter Public Schools

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA, issued a statement following the LAUSD school board decision to deny two high performing Aspire charter public schools at their regularly scheduled board meeting.

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CCSA Calls for Non-Replication of Academically Low-Performing Charter Schools

CCSA calls for the non-replication of low and underperforming charter schools and holds them to the same accountability standards of schools that fall below CCSA’s Minimum Criteria for Renewal.

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New Report: How Los Angeles Charter Schools Answer the College Readiness Challenge

CCSA has released a new report on Los Angeles public high schools which shows that charter schools surpass traditional district schools in graduating college-ready students of all backgrounds.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's Proposed Budget

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued a statement today regarding the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 proposed budget.

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CCSA Calls for the Closure of 6 Charter Schools as a Result of Academic Underperformance

The schools represent four schools that are up for renewal by their authorizer this year and two schools that were renewed despite chronic low performance and have failed to improve.

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Condolences to the Family of LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte

Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) reported that veteran board member, Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has passed away.

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Growth in California Charter Schools Continues to Gain Momentum

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) announced its latest data on the number of new charter schools in the 2013-14 school year, including information on student enrollment  across the state.

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50K Students on Waitlists for CA Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) has released the results of a new survey estimating that 520,000 students across the nation are on waitlists for charter public schools.

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Governor Brown's Budget is a Historic Milestone for All Public School Students

“We commend the Governor and California’s Legislature for having created a fairer and more rational way of funding all public schools in the state and for having directed greater funding to schools serving high need students while providing greater flexibility to school districts to address the needs of students.

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Parents and Charter School Leaders Will Make Their Voices Heard at the State Capitol During National Charter Schools Week

More than 150 school leaders and parents attending the California Charter Schools Association’s (CCSA) 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day will meet with elected officials to discuss the impact charters are having on students and how policy will impact future charter success.

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California Charter Schools Association's 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day

About 150 charter school leaders and parents will attend the California Charter Schools Association’s (CCSA) 20th Anniversary Advocacy Day and will meet with elected officials to discuss the impact charter schools are having on students and how current legislative policy will impact future success.

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San Diego Unified School District is Awarded the Hart Vision Brian Bennett Authorizer of the Year - the Highest Honor for a California Charter Authorizer

The SDUSD’s collaborative efforts produced something truly historic -passage of a facilities bond that will greatly support the learning of all students in San Diego.

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Barbara Grimm-Marshall's Commitment to Fertile Young Minds is Celebrated with the California Charter Schools Association's Hart Vision Award

As co-owner of Grimmway Farms, one of the largest and most respected agriculture companies in California, Barbara has been dedicated to support schools in and around Bakersfield, not only for her company’s employees, but for all students in the region.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference March 12-14: Raising the expectations of public schools and student achievement

More than 3,500 charter leaders and supporters will gather to celebrate people, innovation and academic achievement in California’s charter schools.

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Hart Vision Award for Charter School Volunteer of the Year is Shared by Meadows Art and Technology Charter School Parents Tommy & Cheryl Kitahata

Hart Vision Award for Charter Volunteer of the Year was presented to Tommy and Cheryl Kitahata, parent volunteers with Meadows Art and Technology Charter School (MATES), founded in the Thousand Oaks area of Los Angeles in 2009.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Teacher of the Year to Jeanne Saiza of Palisades Charter High School

Charter schools in California were created to give teachers opportunities to be innovative and transformative leaders, and Jeanne Saiza - Hart Vision Teacher of the Year- brings these qualities to her work with faculty, families and students alike,” said Dr. Pamela Magee,

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Leader of the Year Jackie Elliot

The Hart Vision Award for the outstanding Charter Leader of the Year was presented to Jacqueline Elliot, Ed.D., of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) schools. As co-founder and CEO of PUC schools, Dr. Elliot opened Community Charter Middle School in 1999 and now operates 12 schools.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year to Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland

The Lighthouse Community Charter School student population is made up of a diverse student body that comes from almost every neighborhood in Oakland, California. Boasting 95% of its three graduating classes having been accepted to a 4-year college, 9 in 10 of the students will be the first in their family to go to college.

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Fenton Avenue Charter School Receives the Hart Vision School of the Year Award for its Leadership and Continued Success in School Transformation

While known as a model of success, Fenton Avenue Charter School is awarded the Hart Vision award for doing something unprecedented - taking over a conversion school that was struggling.

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

The annual conference, held March 12-14, 2013 in San Diego, draws the charter movement’s best and brightest leaders, teachers and families.

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20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Pays Tribute with Legacy Awards: Charter School Operators, Supporters, Funders and Elected Officials are Honored

CCSA Legacy Awards recognize 30 distinguished awardees in four categories—charter school operators, supporters, funders and elected officials. These categories emphasize that the unique strength of California’s charter school sector is born of the diversity we have within our charter school community.

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California Charter School Conference Celebrates 20 Years: 3,000+ Charter Leaders, Teachers and Parents Gather in San Diego

With one in seven of the nation’s charter schools located in California, 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.

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Charter School Facility Committee Appointed to Oversee $350 Million in Proposition Z Funds

San Diego Unified School Board voted unanimously to appoint seven members to the Proposition Z Charter School Facility Committee. Working with the charter community in partnership with the district is an exciting opportunity to look for innovative approaches to efficiently and effectively use taxpayer money to improve education for the most public school students.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's Proposed Budget

CCSA Applauds Governor Brown’s Commitment to Education, noting the Budget Begins to Restore Lost Education Funding

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LAUSD Board Votes Down Resolution to Limit Parent Choice

Parents spoke out - and the LAUSD board listened.

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California Charter Schools Association Congratulates John Lee Evans and Marne Foster on Election to the San Diego Unified School District Board

The California Charter Schools Association congratulates John Lee Evans for his re-election and welcomes Marne Foster to the San Diego Unified School District Board.

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CCSA Statement on the Passage of Proposition 30 and the Impact on Charter Schools

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.

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California Charter Schools Grow to Over 1,000 for the 2012-13 School Year while student enrollment grew by an unprecedented 70,000 students

CCSA Press Release detailing the number of new charter schools in California for the 2012-13 school year, as well as enrollment increase and statewide polling results.

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San Diego Leaders, Community Celebrate 20th Anniversary of California Charter Schools, Advocate for Passage Of Prop. 30 and Prop. Z

News release on the 20th Anniversary celebration of charter schools in San Diego. Attendees also heard about the importance of Proposition 30 at the state level and Proposition Z in San Diego Unified.

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Oakland Leaders, Community Celebrate 20th Anniversary of California Charter Schools

Press release of Oakland celebration of 20th Anniversary of charter schools movement in California.

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San Jose Charter Schools Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Charter Schools in California

San Jose area leaders celebrate the 20th Anniversary of California’s charter schools movement; urge collaboration to close the achievement gap.

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CCSA Statement on Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program

Press statement from Jed Wallace, president and CEO, CCSA, on Transitional Kindergarten and charter schools.

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CCSA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Charter Schools Movement at the San Carlos Learning Center

Press release on the 20th anniversary of the charter schools movement.

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CCSA Statement on SDUSD Board Approval of Facilities Bond Measure for November Ballot

Press statement on SDUSD Board approving Facilities Bond Measure for November 2012 ballot.

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CCSA Statement on CCSA vs. LAUSD, CA Superior Court Decision, Regarding Prop. 39 Facilities Lawsuit

On June 27, the CA Superior Court issued a ruling finding that LAUSD has failed to comply with Proposition 39 and its implementing regulations in calculating school space, including the number of classrooms, offered to charter schools for the 2012-13 school year.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown Signing 2012-13 State Budget

CCSA Statement on approval of 2012-13 State Budget.

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CCSA Statement On 20th Anniversary Of Nation's Charter School Movmenent

CCSA statement on 20th Anniversary of charter school movement, being celebrated during National Charter School Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

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CCSA Statement On NAPCS' New CEO Announcement

Press statement on the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announcing their new CEO, Nina Rees.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's May Revise of the State Budget

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA issued the a statement following the release Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revise.

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CCSA Statement on U.S. News & World Report's List of Top High Schools

Press release on U.S. News & World News List of Top High School, including several California charter high schools.

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CCSA Applauds Legislative Resolution Recognizing National Charter Schools Week

Press release on California Legislature recognizing May 6-12, 2012 as California Charter Schools Week

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CCSA Statement Applauding Charter Schools Recognized with the Title I Academic Achievement Award

17 California charter schools were recognized with the 2011-12 Title I Academic Achievement Award.

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Superior Court Issues Order in Favor of Bullis Charters School

The Honorable Patricia Lucas of the Superior Court of the State of California issued a judgment that requires the Los Altos School District to provide Bullis Charter School with a school site that complies with Prop. 39.

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CCSA Statement Announcing Support for Governor Brown's Initiative to Increase Revenue for All Public Schools, Including Charters

CCSA announces support for Governor Brown’s “Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act,” which appears as Proposition 30 on the ballot on Nov. 6, 2012.

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CCSA Honors Outstanding High School Seniors with Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships

Outstanding charter high school students receive the Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference.

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Senator Bob Huff Receives Hart Vision Elected Leader of the Year Award

Hart Vision Elected Leader of the Year Award is presented to Senator Bob Huff at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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Charter School Parents, Students and Leaders from Across California Rally at State Capitol for Funding Equity

Some 1,500 parents, students, leaders and supporters from charter schools across California rallied at the State Capitol steps to demand equitable funding for the state’s 982 charter schools.

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Sacramento's St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7) Named Charter School of the Year

Hart Vision Charter School of the Year Award to St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7) Charter presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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CCSA Presents Award for Volunteer of the Year To WISH Charter School Parent Erika Higgins Ross

Hart Vision Charter School Volunteer of the Year Award to Erika Higgins Ross of WISH Charter School presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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Gabriella Charter School Receives 2012's Hart Vision Charter School Of The Year Award

Hart Vision Charter School of the Year Award to Gabriella Charter presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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CCSA Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Leader of the Year To Rocklin Academy's Dr. David Patterson

Hart Vision Charter Leader of the Year Award to Dr. David Patterson of Rocklin Academy presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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CCSA Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Teacher of the Year To San Jacinto Valley Academy's Kelly Sullivan Perez

Hart Vision Teacher of the Year Award to Kelly Sullivan Perez of San Jacinto Valley Academy presented at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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Second Annual "Portrait of the Movement" Report Rates California's Charter Schools' Performance

CCSA releases second annual Portrait of the Movement report.

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5,000+ L.A. Parents Demand Better Public Schools at the "Schools We Can Believe In" Rally

On Saturday, Feb. 4, well over 5,000 parents, students and teachers from across Los Angeles joined education officials and leaders for the “Schools We Can Believe In” rally at Exposition Park, to demand high-quality public schools in every neighborhood, quality space and equal funding for all public school students.

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Thousands of L.A. Parents Will Rally for "Schools We Can Believe In" on Saturday, Feb. 4

op city officials and education leaders are expected to join thousands of parents at a citywide rally this Saturday, February 4, at Exposition Park in front of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to demand better public schools in Los Angeles. Among the featured speakers are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD Board President Mónica García and Superintendent John Deasy.

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CCSA Statement on AB 1172 Passing the Assembly Floor

CCSA Press Statement Regarding Passage of AB 1172, which would make it harder for charter schools to be approved by school districts, passed the Assembly Floor.

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CCSA Statement on LAO Report Comparing Funding for Charter Schools and Their School District Peers

This statement was issued today by Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) regarding the release by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) of a report comparing funding for charter schools and their school district peers.

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CA Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Bullis Charter School, Denies Review of Landmark Prop. 39 Decision

California Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Bullis Charter Proposition 39 Case

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CCSA Statement on National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Ranking Of State Charter School Laws

Press statement on National Alliance for Public Charter Schools report ranking of state charter school laws.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's 2012-13 Budget Proposal

Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2012-13 Budget proposal, which vows to protect public education funding. On behalf of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), President and CEO Jed Wallace issued this following statement.

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CCSA Calls for the Non-Renewal of 10 Charter Schools as a Result of Academic Underperformance

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is calling today for the non-renewal of 10 charter schools from across California that are below CCSA’s Minimum Criteria for Renewal.

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California Charter Schools Register Significant Growth in New Charters, Enrollment

California charter public schools grew significantly this 2011-12 school year, opening at high numbers statewide, and serving more students and families in both urban and rural areas, according to data released by CCSA today.

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Despite Challenges, Aspire Applies for School Under Round 3 of Public School Choice

Today Aspire Public Schools submitted its application to operate a new school in South Los Angeles under Public School Choice (PSC), the Los Angeles Unified School District’s unprecedented initiative to reform the operation of new schools and turn around the lowest performing schools in the district.

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CCSA Statement on Rejection of Clayton Charter Conversion

CCSA Statement on Mt. Diablo School Board rejecting charter conversion of Clatyon Valley HIgh School.

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LA Charter School Leader Named to Forbes' List of "World's 7 Most Powerful Educators"

Ana Ponce, founder of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles and a member of CCSA’s board of directors, was one of just seven educators recently featured in Forbes magazine on a list of “Most Powerful Educators.”

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CCSA Statement on LAUSD Public School Choice

CCSA Statement on the continuation of the Public School Choice process in Los Angeles

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CCSA Statement on New Broad Foundation Award for Charter Schools

Broad Foundation Announces New Award for Charter Schools.

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CA Appeals Court Rules Unanimously in favor of Bullis Charter School, Overturns Lower Court on Prop. 39

The California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District yesterday unanimously overturned a lower court’s ruling on Proposition 39. The decision clarified the “reasonably equivalent” standards for school districts that are required by law to provide charter schools equal facilities to those of district public schools.

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CCSA Statement on "Portrait of the Movement" Report National Recognition

CCSA’s Portrait of the Movement report receives the Award for Excellence in Advancing Knowledge by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). Jed Wallace, president and CEO, CCSA, responds to this recognition.

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson joins CCSA in Sacramento for Release of African American Student Performance Report

CCSA Releases African American Student Performance Report in Sacramento News Conference. Mayor Kevin Johnson, other education leaders, join CCSA at St. HOPE’s Public School 7 (PS 7) charter, featured in the report.

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African American Students Performing Better, Enrolling At Higher Rates At California Charter Schools

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), today released the report Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap-Closing Reform, providing an analysis of African American academic performance trends in California.

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CCSA Statement on Departure of National Alliance for Public Charter Schools CEO Peter C. Groff

CCSA Statement on National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announcement of departure of CEO Peter C. Groff

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CCSA Statement Congratulating Charter Schools Honored in the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

National Blue Ribbon Award Winners were named by the U.S. Department of Education, including two California charter schools.

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CCSA Statement On Bay Area's Clayton Valley Charter Proposal

CCSA Statement asking reconsideration from Mt. Diablo Unified School District of conditions on Clayton charter approval.

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Los Angeles Charter Schools Outperform LAUSD

Taken as a group, Los Angeles charter schools outperform Los Angeles Unified School District across all grade levels on the Academic Performance Index (API), California’s primary academic accountability metric for schools.

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CCSA Statement on LAUSD's Approval of Public School Choice Changes

Statement from Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, on LAUSD’s Approval of Public School Choice Changes.

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Public School Choice Charter Schools Outperform District-Run Programs

Charter schools that opened under the first round of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Public School Choice (PSC 1.0) initiative last fall are largely outperforming district-run PSC programs, according to STAR testing results. Despite these promising results, on Tuesday, the LAUSD board is set to decide whether to continue to allow charter schools to apply for new schools under this reform initiative.

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CCSA Responds to UC Berkeley Studies on Mobility in Charter Schools

Statement from CCSA on UC Berkeley studies on student and teacher mobility at charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

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CCSA Statement on CCSA v. LAUSD Prop. 39 Lawsuit

The California Charter Schools Association and the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to stay the lawsuit regarding Proposition 39 non-compliance.

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California Charter Schools Association Responds to Newsweek's List of Top High Schools

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued this statement today following the release of Newsweek’s List of Top High Schools in the U.S., which includes some of California’s top charter schools.

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California Charter Schools Association Responds to "USC School Performance Dashboard" Report

A new University of Southern California (USC) report names top 10 charter schools in California. Also includes dashboard on financial health and academic performance of California’s charter schools.

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Families That Can Announces Hiring of Corri Ravare as new Executive Director

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is excited to announce that Corri Tate Ravare will be leading Families That Can, its statewide charter school parent organization.

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State Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Higher Accountability For California's Charter Schools

State Senate approves SB 645, a CCSA-sponsored bill which would increase academic accountability in California’s charter schools.

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CCSA Statement on the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit

For immediate release Contact: Vicky Waters vwaters@calcharters.org (415) 505-7575 LOS ANGELES, California (May 24, 2011).— Statement from Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), on the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA vs. LAUSD…

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CCSA Statement on Passage of Anti-Charter Legislation Intended to Cap Number of Charters in California

The State Assembly passed AB 401 (Ammiano-D) in a vote of 43-29. The bill would cap the number of charter schools at 1,450 for the next five years, limiting growth and impacting families and students statewide. Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the CCSA, released this statement on the anti-charter bill.

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CCSA Statement on LAUSD's Prop. 39 Offers

The Los Angeles Unified School District released a list of final offers for Prop. 39 facilities. Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued this statement responding to the increase in the number of offers, and sharing his concerns on the quality of the offers.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's May Revise

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, released this following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revise.

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Assembly Education Committee Rejects Anti-Charter School Measure Intended to Limit Growth and Choice

Assembly Education Committee Rejects Anti-Charter Bill AB 1172; Bill Intended to Limit Charter Growth and Due Process

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Senate Education Committee Approves Higher Accountability Criteria For California's Charter Schools

The Senate Education Committee today approved SB 645, a bill sponsored by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) that calls for the increase of accountability criteria for charter schools at the time of their renewal.

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CCSA Congratulates Maria Casillas of Families in Schools on her New Role

This week, the non-profit Families in School announced two staff transitions - that founding President and CEO Maria Casillas was leaving to take a new position at Los Angeles Unified School District and that long-time employee Oscar Cruz would be taking over the helm at the non-profit. Allison Bajracharya, Los Angeles Managing Regional Director for the California Charter Schools Association, released this statement on these changes.

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CCSA Statement on Governor Brown's Appointment of Sue Burr as Executive Director of the State Board of Education

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued this statement in responsive to Governor Jerry Brown’s Appointment of Sue Burr as Executive Director of the State Board of Education.

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CCSA Statement Lauding 2011 California Distinguished Schools

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement applauding the winners of the 2011 California Distinguished Schools Award.

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CCSA Statement Applauding Winners of Title I Academic Achievement Award

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement applauding the winners of the 2010-11 Title I Academic Achievement Award, which include 22 California charter schools.

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CCSA Statement on LAUSD's Public School Choice Vote

The LAUSD Board voted today on the second round of the Public School Choice initiative, giving charter schools the opportunity to open 5,000 additional seats to students in the district next year. The members gave Public School Choice schools to four of the top charter operators in LAUSD.

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CCSA Statement on LAUSD Superintendent's Public School Choice Recommendations

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today on Superintendent Ramon Cortines’ recommendations for the applicants to run schools under the second round of Public School Choice:

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18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Breaks Attendance Record; Focused on Connecting Charter School Leaders, Educators, Parents and Supporters

The 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference gathered more than 3,000 charter leaders, educators, advocates, parents, supporters, and more to San Diego this year, offering services, advice, and information to encourage charter growth and sustainability. The annual conference hosted an array of leaders, including L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former California Secretary of Education Richard Riordan, as well as interactive panels and sessions on various education issues.

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The Classical Academy's Cameron Curry Receives Hart Vision Award for Charter Leader of the Year at 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference

Cameron Curry, executive director of The Classical Academy, was named Charter Leader of the Year at the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference. Mr. Curry has been serving students in the San Diego area since 1999, with a program that is innovative and personalized.

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CCSA Names Dr. Olga Mohan High School and KIPP Bridge Charter Schools of the Year at 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference

The California Charter Schools Association named the Dr. Olga Mohan High School in Los Angeles and the KIPP Bridge Charter School in West Oakland as this year’s recipients of the Hart Vision Award for Charter Schools of the Year. Both schools excel in serving students in unprivileged communities, and are some of the top performing charters in the state.

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L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Receives Award, Discusses Education at 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, was named the Elected Leader of the Year at the 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference in San Diego. The Mayor discussed education, and called for more collaboration between school districts and charter schools.

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CCSA Statement on the March 8 LAUSD Board Election

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today on results of the March 8 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board election.

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Richard Riordan, Former CA Secretary of Education, L.A. Mayor Receives Supporter of the Year Award at 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference

Former California Secretary of Education and Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan received the charter school Supporter of the Year award at the 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference for his continued support of charter schools and education reform. Mr. Riordan was also instrumental in helping ICEF schools in L.A. stay open this year.

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Aspire Titan Academy Educator Honored as Charter School Teacher of the Year

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) named Meredith Dadigan Teacher of the Year at the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference. Dadigan teaches elementary school students at Aspire Titan Academy in Huntington Park.

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18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Honors Volunteer, Authorizer of 2011

California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) honors Brian Rogers from Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland as Volunteer of the Year and the San Diego Unified School District as Authorizer of the Year in 18th Annual Charter Schools Conference. Both are part of the yearly Hart Vision Awards, named after the author of the Charter Schools Law in California.

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Families That Can delivers 5,300 parent letters to the LAUSD school board

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Sierra Jenkins sjenkins@familiesthatcan.org 213-256-9489 (March 2, 2011) LOS ANGELES - Dozens of parents went to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meeting on Tuesday to deliver 5,300 letters from public school parents…

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Charter Schools Are Closing the Achievement Gap, Report Shows; Sets Performance Benchmarks for Increased Accountability

New annual report, Portrait of the Movement, rates state’s charter schools’ performance; details strengths and weaknesses; and sets new, higher minimum performance expectations

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CCSA Statement on the Selection of John Deasy as New LAUSD Superintendent

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued this statement on the selection of John Deasy as the new Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

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CCSA Statement on Governor Jerry Brown's 2011-12 Budget Proposal

On behalf of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), President and CEO Jed Wallace, issued this statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2011-12 budget proposal.

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CCSA Statement Regarding the Third Appellate District's Opinion in CSBA v. SBE Proposition 39 Regulations Lawsuit

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement regarding the Third Appellate District’s opinion in CSBA v. SBE Proposition 39 regulations lawsuit

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CCSA Statement on Special Education in LAUSD

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board approved a new Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) reorganization plan, which will give charter schools better options and more flexibility in special education service delivery. Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement on Special Education in LAUSD.

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CCSA Statement on the Inauguration of Governor Jerry Brown

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement on the inauguration of Governor Jerry Brown.

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CCSA Statement on the Inauguration of Superintendent Tom Torlakson

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement on the inauguration of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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Los Angeles School Board and Local Charter School Leaders Sign on to Quality Schools Compact

Los Angeles is one of nine cities whose leaders announced today that the school district and charter school community have signed an agreement to work together to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend high-quality public schools in their neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Board of Education passed the Quality Schools Compact on November 30, a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and local charter public schools.

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CCSA Statement Regarding the LA Superior Court Decision on CCSA's Motion for Summary Adjudication in the CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement regarding the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA’s motion for summary adjudication in the CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 lawsuit.

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Standing United as LAUSD's Public School Choice 2.0 Gets Underway

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) joined seven of the top charter schools in the Los Angeles area as they submitted their applications for schools identified by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the second round of the Public School Choice initiative, also known as PSC 2.0.

Showing a united front, the eight charter schools applied for the opportunity to run a total of nine new campuses and one existing one for the 2011-12 school year.

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CCSA Statement on the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement on the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit.

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CCSA Statement on New Revocation Regulations for Charters

Today, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted in favor of approving new regulations that establish academic standards and lay out a clear process for triggering close reviews of charter schools that may result in their revocation by the State Board. Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released this statement on the SBE’s action.

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Unparalleled Growth for California Charter Schools in 2010-11 School Year

CCSA today announced the largest one-year growth of new charter schools in the nation, as 115 new schools opened their doors at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. The total number of charter schools in California now stands at 912, the highest number of any state in the country.

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CCSA CEO Jed Wallace Issues Statement On November 2010 Election Results

Californians elect next Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction; reject parcel taxes in local school districts

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CCSA Applauds Governor and Legislature For Budget That Protects and Promotes Charter School Growth

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the 2011-11 State Budget today, protecting critical funding for charter schools. Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued this statement in response.

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CCSA Statement Applauding Winners of National Blue Ribbon Awards

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today applauding the winners of National Blue Ribbon Awards, which include five California charter schools.

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Charter Schools Grow Across the State

Northern California will see tremendous charter school growth this school year, despite precarious budgetary times; 22 charters are opening this school year in the area stretching north from San Joaquin County to Butte County. The Sacramento Bee has the story.

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CCSA Statement on Race to the Top

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today regarding the federal government’s decision not to award California a Race to the Top school-reform grant.

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CCSA Urges Collaboration for Public School Choice 2.0 Process As Students Begin Classes in Round One PSC Charter School

CA Charter Schools Association Urges Collaboration for Public School Choice 2.0 Process As Students Begin Classes in Round One PSC Charter School

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CCSA Applauds Federal Government Commitment to Charter Schools With Charter Schools Program Extension

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today regarding the announcement by U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan of a $136 million award to 12 states, including California, to increase public school options.

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CCSA Statement on the State Board of Education's Unanimous Approval of New Common Core Standards

The SBE vote means California will join 28 other states in creating a uniform set of common academic assessment for students in English language arts and Math.

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CCSA Applauds Federal Government Extension of Charter Schools Program and Selection of California as Race to the Top Finalist

The Federal government announced today that California is one of 18 finalists in Race to the Top Phase Two, as well as the approval of the Charter School Program renewal, which assists charter schools across the state with start-up cost. CCSA has worked diligently on both issues, and is excited for these steps forward.

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CCSA Statement on the State Board of Education's Unanimous Approval of a New Los Angeles County Office of Education SELPA

The State Board of Education Unanimously approved a new Los Angeles County Office of Education SELPA.

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CCSA Statement on the Naming of the New President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Peter C. Groff was named to the post at the Annual National Charter Schools Conference this week

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CCSA Statement on L.A. Mayor's Announcement Against Public School Choice Application Inequities

“We appreciate Mayor Villaraigosa’s continued commitment to transforming education reform in Los Angeles, and to offer high-quality education opportunities to all students.

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California Charter Schools Association Presents Lawsuit Against LAUSD For Prop 39 Facilities Non-Compliance

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) today filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for failing to provide equitable facilities to dozens of charter schools, as mandated by Proposition 39.

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California Charter Schools Association Proposes Higher Accountability Standards For Charter Schools

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), along with Assemblymember Juan Arámbula (I-Fresno), have introduced AB 1991, which would specify and raise accountability standards for student performance and outcomes in the state’s charter schools.

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California Charter School Association Honors Two Charter Schools With Hart Vision Awards

The California Charter Schools Association today honored individuals and schools for their positive contributions to the charter movement and growth over the past year with the Hart Vision Awards.

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California Charter Schools Association Awards Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Supporter of the Year Hart Vision Award

The California Charter Schools Association today recognized Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as this year’s recipient of the Hart Vision Award for Charter School Supporter of the Year for his continued commitment to charter schools.

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Oceanside Area Charter School Educator Receives Teacher of the Year Hart Vision Award at 17th Annual CA Charter Schools Conference

The California Charter Schools Association today recognized Danielle Diaz, from Coastal Academy, as the recipient of the Hart Vision Award for Charter School Teacher of the Year.

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Five Students Overcoming Adversity are Awarded Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships by the California Charter Schools Association

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man without trials”, the ancient thinker Confucius once wrote of adversity. Perhaps the same can be said of this year’s winners of the California Charter Schools Association’s Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships.

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17th Annual California Charter School Conference Highlights Growth And Achievements, Prepares For Future Challenges

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) began its 17th Annual Conference today at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Conference, which will run through Thursday morning, will host some 2,300 teachers, principals and leaders in the growing charter community from across the state.

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Statement From Jed Wallace, CEO and President of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), on the Civil Rights Project Report "Choice Without Equity"

“The Civil Rights Project report on charter school diversity is out of step with the reality of today’s schools and students’ needs. It’s unfortunate and unconscionable for the Civil Rights Project to release a study based on assumptions and incomplete data, and to solely focus their findings on demographics and “exposure” to diversity, rather than the academic performance of charter school students. This approach is overly simplistic and reflects the same thinking that has proven to be unsuccessful for the majority of children of color for decades.

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High Tech High Executive Tapped to Lead CA Charter Schools Association

Jed Wallace, Former Classroom Teacher, District Authorizer and Official at Top Charter Management Organization to Head CA’s Charter Movement

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Number of California Charter Schools Surpasses 800, New Enrollment Sets Single-year Record

88 New Charter Schools Open This Fall for Highest Single-Year Enrollment Increase Ever

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