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California Charter Schools Association President & CEO Myrna Castrejón Issues Statement on Senate Education Committee Passage of SB 739

April 27, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA  California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement regarding the Senate Education Committee passage of SB 739 by Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil (D-Jackson) on a 5 to 1 vote:

“We are pleased that the Senate Education committee recognizes that charter public schools should be focused on helping students recover instead of facing a renewal process that is fraught with uncertainty. SB 739 by Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil provides students stability and mitigates disruption in education by extending the renewal period for all charter schools.

“CCSA still believes that the renewal period for charter public schools should be extended by two years but appreciate the work of the committee members and Senator Alvarado-Gil in supporting student outcomes at all public schools. We will continue to work with the Legislature and the Administration to mitigate any lingering effects of the pandemic on students. With the one year extension, SB 739 will allow charter public schools to be better measured by their response to the pandemic and provide their districts and authorizers more complete data which demonstrates their ability to deliver a high-quality education to students.”

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.