August 2016 CEO Message

August 26, 2016

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Back-to-school time is a season of excitement and anticipation for thousands of charter school students, teachers, and families across California.

As many of you know, I look forward to school visits each year. I love visiting classrooms and witnessing firsthand how charter schools and charter school teachers are delivering on the promise of a great public education.

Just this month, Erica Rood who teachers 3rd grade at CHIME Institute in Los Angeles, accepted a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Rood was one of 213 teachers across the country to receive the prestigious award. Congratulations Erica and thank you, on behalf of the many students whose lives you've touched! CHIME was already a nationally recognized leader in special education, and one of CCSA's Hart Vision award winners in 2016. Charter schools in LAUSD now serve a nearly identical proportion of students with special needs to district schools, according to a new report released in July by LAUSD's Independent Monitor.

Charters are also helping all students from an early age prepare for college. Watch this brief video to learn more about how charters are helping more students - including thousands of minority, low income, and first-generation college-going students - be prepared for college, apply to college, be accepted to college, and attend college.

CCSA is eager to continue our work advocating at the state and local levels around the priorities, issues and concerns impacting over 1,200 charter schools and more than 570,000 charter students in the state. Each year we partner with our members to carry the charter message to legislators at the Capitol for equity in the state budget, improved funding, and access to equitable facilities.

August 31 marks the end of another legislative session. Of particular note, AB 1198, our sponsored bill to create the California Credit Enhancement Program, was approved unanimously 39-0 last week on the Senate Floor. The bill will now be heard by the Assembly for a final vote before heading to the Governor for consideration. Stay tuned for more information and final actions on outstanding charter-related legislation in CCSA's Capitol Update.

I wish you the best in the 2016-17 school year, and look forward to more progress and momentum on behalf of California's charter school students.


Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association