CCSA's Myrna Castrejón is Named a Walton Family Foundation Education Reformer To Watch

June 26, 2013

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Myrna Castrejón, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs of the California Charter Schools Association was among four individuals chosen by the Walton Family Foundation in recognition of their work that empowers families with high-quality, publicly funded educational options.

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Myrna Castrejón

Jed Wallace, CCSA President and CEO, expressed his delight with this acknowledgement of Myrna's contribution to the education reform movement. "Myrna is that rare person whose passion and commitment help anchor others even more deeply to the seriousness of our cause, which is to advance the charter school movement in service of improving educational opportunity for all California students, especially those who have been historically underserved," said Wallace. "And at the same time, Myrna brings a simple love of the work that is absolutely infectious and helps all around her appreciate more deeply how our generation of education reformers has been given a unique opportunity to engage in immensely rewarding work."

As described in the Walton Family Foundation announcement, Myrna leads advocacy efforts for the largest state charter school association in the country. This year, Castrejón will be instrumental in efforts to better connect parents with legislators, ensuring that key decision makers in Sacramento understand the importance of charter schools for their constituents and community. Castrejón and CCSA will work with state leaders to ensure all public school students receive equitable funding, including families that choose charter schools. Castrejón has directed her $10,000 grant to The Language Academy of Sacramento (LAS), a K-8 charter school featuring a dual language immersion program. LAS' mission is helping students to excel academically in Spanish and English, to develop a lifelong love of learning, and to become bilingual, biliterate, and multiculturally competent leaders.