December 2017 CEO Message

December 18, 2017

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As 2017 draws to a close there is much to be thankful for, in particular the commitment of charter school teachers and leaders. Advocates like you have fueled the success of our movement. Your tireless efforts ensure students can attend a public school that puts them on the path to success.

Without a doubt, we faced many challenges this year. In spite of new threats coming at us like never before, historic milestones were achieved including the passage of legislation to strengthen charter school student equity, access and due process and legislation to protect students of undocumented immigrants - not to mention the continued growth of the California charter school sector.

We are thankful to each of you who responded to calls for collective action. In Los Angeles, charter school leaders participated in a very successful advocacy campaign to update LAUSD's "District Required Language," leading to positive news coverage and editorial. Los Angeles charter school advocates and parents also rallied ahead of a Senate Education informational hearing on authorizing, sharing their stories about how charter schools have impacted their children's education resulting in positive stories in La Comadre and Latino Edge Magazine.

It takes courage to tell our stories. In Oakland, a grandmother exercised her freedom to choose the best school option for her grandson regardless of zip code. A San Diego leader shared why charter schools don't need more regulation. And in Los Angeles, leaders wrote of the need for flexibility and accountability in district and charter schools.

The new year will bring fresh opportunities for your school communities to get involved. In response to your requests, we'll be releasing an "In School Campaign" in January that will provide you tools and resources to educate your school communities and families about charter schools. Be part of "Rattle the Capitol," a statewide day-of-action on January 16 when we call on legislators to voice support for SB 806 (Glazer). Be inspired during the 25th Annual CCSA Conference March 26-28, 2018 in San Diego while you network and celebrate the charter school movement.

Cheers to another year working together on behalf of kids who deserve the best education possible. We're just getting started.

Happy Holidays,

Jed Wallace
President and CEO CCSA