December 2012 Message to Members from Jed Wallace

December 19, 2012

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JedWallaceSmall.jpg Happy Holidays! As the season begins, CCSA wishes everyone a warm holiday greeting and we know you join us in keeping the families who lost loved ones in Newtown, CT in our hearts.
As the year comes to a close, we have much to celebrate with the record growth of 109 charters this year across the state bringing the total to 1,065 charters serving more than 484,000 students, passage of Prop. 30 and the groundbreaking Prop. Z facilities bond in San Diego, numerous electoral victories, and the defeat of the anti-charter resolution proposed by LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer. And a big highlight of the year for me was my numerous visits to charter schools where I witnessed the array of quality options available for students in diverse communities across the state.

We indeed capped the year on a high note and as we look to the future, the commitment of parents, teachers, charter leaders and authorizers across the nation is stronger than ever. I was proud to be present when the National Association of Charter Authorizers (NACSA) on November 28 in Washington, D.C. announced their One Million Lives campaign that aims to provide better schools to one million children by focusing on opening more good charter schools and closing failing ones. CCSA and our members have long been staunch proponents of charter school accountability and we were excited to be part of the initiative's launch.

The year was filled with celebrations for sure but we also are keenly aware of many challenges that await us in 2013 as Governor Brown announces his budget proposal in January, critical electoral races take place, and we continue to advocate for equitable facilities and funding.

In 2013 as we double-down on our advocacy efforts encompassing every aspect of the charter school movement we look forward to continuing to work with you on these vital issues.

Happy New Year!

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association

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