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2024 California Charter Schools Association Hart Vision Equity and Innovation Awards Presented to Charter Public School Leaders and Advocates

March 22, 2024

Long Beach, CA – Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) recognized the work and achievements of exceptional charter public schools, leaders, and advocates with the prestigious Hart Vision Equity and Innovation Awards at the 2024 California Charter Schools Conference. These awards, first presented in 2023 and named after the late Sen. Gary K. Hart, are given to schools and education leaders with a demonstrated record of outstanding achievements in serving all students and furthering California's charter public school movement. 

Two charter public schools were awarded for their schoolwide commitment to equity and student outcomes. Schools honored with this award have programs or practices that ensure all kids are represented, supported, and included, close opportunity gaps, or teach students in innovative ways that serve as a model for the larger education community. 

The two Hart Vision Equity and Innovation Leader of the Year awardees were recognized for furthering charter equity and innovation by uniting others, ensuring charters are represented or included in local and state opportunities, advocating for equity at systemic levels, or through leadership, mentorship, and the sharing of best practices to shape the larger public charter school community positively.

“I am so honored to present the Hart Vision Equity and Innovation Awards to each of this year’s incredible winners. These four schools and education leaders are helping transform California’s public education system through their commitment to equity and innovation,” said CCSA President and CEO Myrna Castrejón. “Not only are they fulfilling the promise of charters to improve outcomes for all students, but they are transforming their communities through their work.”

CCSA produced a special video series featuring the organizations and educators who received this year’s awards. Please click on the links to learn about those award winners. 

The recipients of the 2024 Hart Vision Equity and Innovation Awards are:

    Schools of the Year

    CORE Butte Charter School (Butte County

    Magnolia Public Schools (Los Angeles)

    Leader of the Year

    Sherry Segura, CEO, The Foundation for Hispanic Education (San Jose)

    Ricardo Mireles, Executive Director, Academia Avance (Los Angeles)


About the California Charter Schools Association

The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to build great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community, and life. The mission of CCSA is to meet parent, educator, and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their success throughout California’s public schools. Learn more.