Report: Charters Send More Kids to College

Great news for California charter students: college is in your future.

A new report shows that charter schools are helping increase access to college for thousands of historically disadvantaged youth in California, including minority, low income and first-generation college-going students.

CCSA’s “A Step Up: How Charter Schools Provide Higher Levels of California Public University Access” gathers data from California public universities and finds that by creating a college-going culture, charter schools are providing all students, regardless of background, access to higher education.

Find out more here.

SoCal Parents Engage Their Communities

Charter parents aren’t just active parents, they’re engaged community members. Need proof?

Hundreds of New Vision Academy parents and residents in San Bernadino turned out for the Community and Family Barbecue earlier this month. The event included 15 nonprofit vendors, delicious southern cooking and much more, helping to build community among families.

Also this month, a couple of hours away in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, 40 parents from Oscar De La Hoya Charter School partnered with 25 community groups to hold a buzzing health and wellness fair. By sharing tips and tools on how to stay healthy, the event united families to address the important issues facing them.

CCSA Families loves helping communities come together!

Parents Help Defeat Anti-Charter Bill

Charter parents throughout California showed their political power earlier this month, when they helped stop a proposed piece of anti-charter legislation from becoming law. How? They went right to the source of the bill, Pacoima Assemblymember Patty Lopez, and told her it was bad policy that would cripple the governance abilities of too many charter schools.

After parents met with Lopez’s staff in the Capitol and expressed their concerns, Lopez agreed to personally meet with the parents in Pacoima. The parents rallied additional parents for the face-to-face meeting with their legislator; at the meeting, they urged her not to move forward with the AB 2242. And guess what? Lopez listened and dropped the bill, promising to find a way to achieve her legislative goals without harming charters.

This is the power of parent advocacy. Go charter families!