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CCSA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of California Charter Schools Across the State
Chico, Fresno, Oakland, San Jose and San Diego hosted more than 1,000 students, parents, charter leaders, elected officials and community supporters during several exciting celebrations in October. Each event highlighted different aspects of the charter school movement but were united in one core message: all students should receive a high-quality public education in California.
Fresno area charter schools, local leaders, parents and students celebrated the 20th Anniversary by holding a rally and launching an awareness campaign for families on September 19 at Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School. Fresno County Superintendent Larry Powell was the featured speaker. The rally was the unofficial launch of a media and communications campaign on Central Valley charters in partnership with the Fresno County Office of Education and the United Way of Fresno County.
In Chico, the crowd overflowed to a beautiful outdoor patio during the Butte County Charter Leaders 20th Anniversary Reception on October 9. During a short speaking program, Assemblymember Dan Louge's representative presented a Legislative Certificate of Recognition marking the 20th Anniversary of the Charter Schools Act to Casey Taylor, CCSA Region 2 Member Council Representative and principal at Achieve Charter School of Paradise.
San Jose kicked off a celebratory weekend on October 12 by bringing community leaders and elected officials together to highlight the importance of working together. San Jose area leaders including San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Xavier De La Torre joined local charter school leaders and People of Acting in Community Together (PACT) parents, The San Jose Charter School Consortium, and supporters in a community action meeting.
Also, on October 13 in sunny San Diego, more than 600 students, parents, teachers and leaders from San Diego charter schools joined together in Balboa Park to hear inspiring stories from a current student as well as a charter school graduate, parent and school leader about how charter schools had transformed their lives, family and community. San Diego participants heard from San Diego Unified School board member Richard Barrera, and learned about two key ballot initiatives this November, the statewide Proposition 30 and local Proposition Z, San Diego Unified School District's facilities bond.
The Oakland charter community made a bold statement on October 13 as Oakland charter school alumni, parents, and current students celebrated with a community rally and information expo at Preservation Park. Poet Chinaka Hodge emceed and the event, and heart-felt testimonials about the importance and impact of charter schools were given by a Lazear Charter Academy parent Olga Galaviz, Oakland Unity High School Livier Perez, and community leaders Noel Gallo, Oakland Unified School District Board Member and Jorge Lopez, executive director, Amethod Public Schools (Oakland Charter Academy and Oakland Charter High School).