Their day began at 5:30 am. Parents and students from PUC Excel charter school lined up outside the L.A. Unified headquarters to make sure they would get into the board meeting that afternoon. More than 12 hours later, the families finally got the chance to testify before the school board as it prepared to vote on whether to renew PUC Excel’s charter.
The passionate speeches showed how deeply parents and students, as well as teachers and administrators, value their charter school. From academics to culture, families told the school board what makes PUC Excel so special.
Finally, after some intense discussion, the board voted to renew the charter. It was an emotional victory, with tears and hugs, as families celebrated the school that has found a place in their hearts. Bravo to PUC parents and students for passionately supporting and protecting your charter school!
Parents and students got the chance to explore their educational options at the second annual West Contra Costa Education Fair in Richmond earlier this month. About 100 families visited the Nevin Community Center, where staff from most of the area’s charter schools, as well as school district staff, shared information about local schools. The event included a performance by student violinists from Benito Juarez Charter School. Parents were very excited to learn that they have a variety of educational opportunities in their community. CCSA Families was honored to be part of the event.
You may have heard that a small anti-charter group has begun an effort to shut down all charter schools in California. The group, which has been spreading lies about charters, is gathering signatures in support of the “Elimination of Charter Schools” initiative, hoping to get it on the California ballot in November. We don’t know if they’ll succeed, but the odds are against them.
Nonetheless, many charter parents are eager to get involved and speak out on behalf of the charter community. If you’re interested, check out this page on CCSA’s website, which includes an online advocacy toolkit that you can use. Help us fight back against the propaganda and defend charter students, parents and teachers across California!