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Statement by CCSA President and CEO Myrna Castrejón on Appointment of Alex Padilla as California’s Next U.S. Senator

December 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA  Today, California Charter Schools Association President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the U.S Senate seat vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris:

“We applaud Governor Newsom for appointing Secretary of State Alex Padilla as California’s next U.S. Senator.

"It is a historic time for the Golden State and demonstrates our rich diversity with Alex Padilla as U.S. Senator and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of United States.

“As the son of Mexican immigrants from humble beginnings, Alex Padilla is an example that a good public school education provides opportunities to achieve the American Dream, which every parent hopes for their child.  

“Throughout his career, Alex Padilla has always been a champion for all students. As a state legislator, he demonstrated the courage to fight for universal access to a quality public education for all kids, no matter their zip code. 

“On behalf of the 700,000 charter school families in California, we congratulate Secretary Padilla on his appointment to the U.S. Senate. We look forward to working with Senator Padilla to ensure that all kids have opportunities to a high-quality public education.”