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Sacramento Faith Leaders, Charter School Families Tell Legislators to Put Kids Before Politics

April 9, 2019

WHO/WHAT:  Tomorrow, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) leadership will join African American Faith Leaders from Sacramento and charter school families from across the state to tell Legislators to vote ‘NO’ on a package of extreme and divisive bills that puts politics before kids. 

Authored by Assemblymembers Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) – and sponsored by the California Teachers Association (CTA) -  AB 1505, 1506 and 1507 threaten the existence of charter schools in California and would rip options and opportunity away from parents and kids who need them most. 

The bills will be heard in the Assembly Education Committee later in the day. 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m.    

WHERE: Sidewalk in front of Kevin McCarty’s District Office, 915 L Street, Sacramento, California 95814


  • Nearly 50 California charter school students and families will gather to tell Legislators to vote ‘NO’ on a package of extreme and divisive bills that puts politics before kids.
  • Sacramento African American Faith Leaders including Pastor Tecoy Porter, President of National Action Network, Sacramento Chapter and First Lady Tye Dubose, Philadelphia Church of God.
  • Remarks by Myrna Castrejón, president and CEO, CCSA and Margaret Fortune, president and CEO, Fortune School, and board president, CCSA;
  • Bay Area charter public school parent Lety Gomez will be available to participate in Spanish interviews on-site.

WHY: CTA’s package of extreme and divisive bills will be heard by the Assembly Education Committee tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Charter schools have an undeniably strong track record of helping our state’s most vulnerable students achieve incredible academic success and are a lifeline for families eager for better options. Despite the strong evidence behind their success, charter school families are being attacked in divisive and misleading ways. 

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About California's Charter Schools 
California's charter schools are public schools built to put the needs of students first. Public, free, and open to all, charter schools are a valuable part of our public education system. They offer a different approach -- one that is as unique as the kids they serve, one that puts kids above bureaucracy, and one that gives passionate teachers the flexibility to create dynamic lesson plans tailored to kids' individual needs. As a result, charter schools send more kids to college and are preparing more kids for the jobs of tomorrow.