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CA Charter Schools Assn. President & CEO Myrna Castrejón Testifies Against AB 1316

April 29, 2021

CCSA continues fight to defeat bill that would harm charter public school students and families

SACRAMENTO, CA  California Charter Schools Association President and CEO Myrna Castrejón testified today before the California Assembly Education Committee hearing in opposition to AB 1316 (O’Donnell) that would take money away from student services by increasing charter public school fees and would result in up to 30% in funding cuts for many schools.

The proposed legislation would divert education funds away from students to be spent on bureaucracy and could force many schools to close down. It also limits flexibility on school schedules for at-risk students already on the brink of dropping out.

The bill passed the Assembly Education Committee on a 5-2 vote. CCSA thanks the legislators who stood with the 700,000 California students and their families that charter public schools serve and voted to reject AB 1316.

The charter public school community, including teachers, parents and students, will continue to engage and urge legislators to do the right thing and not limit public education opportunities for California families.

You can see Ms. Castrejón deliver her testimony to Assembly Education Committee members here.

Ms. Kate Ford, President of the Santa Barbara Unified School District also testified against AB 1316. You can hear her testimony here.