A Mom’s Perspective on School Choice

No one understands the importance of being able to choose the right public school for your child more than parents. L.A. mom Monica Luna Gonzales recently wrote about this issue, sharing powerful insights based on her own experiences both as a student and as a mother.

Check out her piece at La Comadre, a website that collects inspiring stories written exclusively by women about their experiences with and hopes for public education.

L.A. Families: Join Us at the “Rally in the Valley”

It began nearly 25 years ago. And now it’s time to celebrate success.

California’s first charter school opened in Pacoima, in Los Angeles’ Northeast San Fernando Valley, in 1993. Now the area is home to one of the highest performing and most close-knit charter school communities in the state.

On Saturday, September 17, more than 2,500 charter families will assemble for the “Rally in the Valley,” a celebration of charter schools’ academic success and growth. We can’t wait to share the photos with you next month!

Want to join us at the event? Contact us at rallyinthevalley@ccsa.org.

Oakland Families Demand Fair Funding for Charters

More than 60 charter school parents, students, teachers and leaders gathered at this month’s Oakland Unified school board meeting and delivered a clear message: all Oakland public school students deserve fair and equal funding.

Parents and students testified to the impact and unfairness of being denied funding from Measure G, which was passed by Oakland voters in 2008 to help all public schools. Charter students, unfortunately, have been excluded. Funding from Measure G, which amounts to around $20 million this year, would provide much-need support to charter students by helping their schools increase teacher salaries, purchase textbooks, keeping class sizes small and prepare students for college. 

If you’re not in Oakland but you want to support families there, sign the petition over at CCSA Advocates, our sister organization.

This fall, families will keep pressing the OUSD board to do right by all students and include charters in Measure G. Keep it up, families!