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Legislative Advocacy

Advocating for Education Equity Across California

At the beginning of each legislative cycle, we release our policy agenda that highlights bills we are sponsoring, support or oppose. Whether it is advocating for state budget equity, access to facilities or academic accountability, CCSA is committed to fostering an education system where every child has access to a high-quality education that meets their needs.

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Bills We Support

AB 575 (Weber): Expand Funding for the Lowest Performing Student Subgroup

CCSA has become increasingly concerned about the persistent achievement gap among African American students, consistently the state’s lowest performing subgroup not already receiving a targeted state or federal supplement. Research confirms that the African American achievement gap persists irrespective of income level. Despite the lack of dedicated resources, charter schools have been successful at posting significant gains in closing the achievement gap. Last year, CCSA sponsored AB 2635 (Weber) and led a broad coalition of organizations and individuals to advocate for sufficient resources to serve our most vulnerable students. The budget contained $300 million in one-time funding for the Low Performing Students Block Grant, but ongoing and targeted resources are still needed system-wide and across all public schools for California to make substantial progress in closing this chronic and persistent achievement gap.

Take Action in Support

Let's ensure ongoing funding for our state's most vulnerable students and close the achievement gap! #SupportAB575 #Stand4All

AB 39 (Muratsuchi): Increase Funding for All Public Schools

California’s schools rank at or near the bottom on education funding when compared to other states. Research shows that nearly $25 billion in additional funding would be needed to provide adequate per pupil funding for California’s schools. All schools need adequate and equitable funding to ensure each student has a chance at success.

Ask your legislators to support AB 39 to ensure that all public schools have the resources necessary to successfully serve all students.

Take Action in Support

We must ensure that all public schools have the resources they need to successfully serve all students! #SupportAB39 #Stand4All

SB 740: Charter School Facility Grant Program

Barriers to quality facilities and rising facility costs remain a major challenge for charter school students and operators, particularly for schools in urban areas where both affordable space and quality schools are often out of reach. The SB 740 Facility Grant Program has been highly successful at relieving charter schools serving low income students from excessive facility costs and improving the quality of educational facilities for low income charter school students. This program reimburses charter schools that serving majority low-income students for facilities costs. Without additional funding for the program this year, these grants will not be fully funded and these majority low-income schools will be forced to cut programs serving vulnerable students in order to pay rent.

Take Action in Support

We must ensure charter public schools in low income neighborhoods have the facilities funding they need to successfully serve students! #SupportSB740 #Stand4All

Bills We Oppose

AB 1505 (O’Donnell), 1506 (McCarty) and SB 756 (Durazo): Legislative Package that Would Close Schools for California’s Most Vulnerable Students

Organizations hostile to charter schools are running a package of legislation that would fundamentally gut the charter schools act. These bills would create an effective moratorium on charter public schools by removing appeal rights, severely limiting new schools, and allowing school districts to close successful schools that are serving hundreds of thousands of students statewide based on factors completely unrelated to student academic performance or families' demand for charter schools. Charter schools are not the problem, we are part of the solution.

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Get in touch with our Government Affairs team to share any ideas on charter legislation, ask about our policy agenda or see how you can help us advocate at the Capitol.