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California Charter Schools Association President & CEO Myrna Castrejón Issues Statement on New Legislation by Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil to Provide Pandemic Protections to California’s Charter Public Schools

March 16, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA – Myrna Castrejón, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement in support of new legislation, SB 739, by Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil (D-Jackson) that will by extending the charter school renewal period by an additional two years, a protection that was first put in place by Governor Newsom and the Legislature in 2021 due to the pandemic to mitigate disruption to students, particularly in low-income communities:

“I want to thank Senator Alvarado-Gil for her leadership on this issue, which is so vital for charter schools who are serving our most vulnerable student populations, which will be most impacted if these pandemic protections are not extended.

“All public schools are dealing with learning loss, working to re-engage their students, and teacher burnout and a resulting shortage. We should not be unfairly penalizing our charter public schools by forcing them to face renewal while their limited resources are focused on what they do best, delivering a high-quality education to their students.”

Over the next two years, 532 charter public schools which serve more than 284,000 students will otherwise face the renewal process, which will divert valuable resources from classrooms.

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.