On September 17th, 2016, around 3,000 families from the northeast San Fernando Valley came together for a huge march and rally to both celebrate the success of charter public schools in their area, and to come together as a community to continue the fight for quality public education.
On election day, please vote for two important measures on the ballot – Propositions 55 and 58 – that will have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of students. The California Charter Schools Association has endorsed both propositions.
Proposition 55 will stabilize per pupil funding levels and serve as a safeguard against potential future cuts to California’s K-12 public education system for years to come.
Proposition 58 will support bilingual education by extending flexibility to all educators, thereby providing parents greater options that best suit the needs of their children when enrolling them in language acquisition programs. There is growing support for dual-language immersion programs as effective models for helping limited English proficient students.
Charter school families hosted two candidate forums in Oakland Unified School District and San Francisco Unified School Districts this fall, providing them with a chance to hear directly from aspiring school board members about how they will improve public education and support charter schools.
Both events were led by parents, who participated in planning meetings before the event to develop the forum program. They also conducted outreach to other parents at their schools by encouraging them to attend. The forum was facilitated by parents and students, who served as moderators. Candidates were asked tough questions about charter schools and shared their personal stories through testimonials.
What if your community had plenty of schools, but not enough great ones? That’s the question that parents in Huntington Park, a small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, face. Their answer: invite more charter schools into the community.
But city officials in Huntington Park want to do the opposite. In fact, this month they proposed a “moratorium” on new charter schools.
Families responded. A few weeks after hundreds of families testified at a city council meeting, hundreds more parents held a press conference outside City Hall to speak out against the proposal. Top L.A. media outlets such as the LA Times, Telemundo, Univision, and Hoy covered the rally, where parents shared the difference charter schools have made in their children’s lives, making it clear they were willing to fight for access to a quality education.
Brenda Najera proudly talked about how her daughter is being sought after by college recruiters and she credited her daughter’s charter school in Huntington Park as being the reason why.
“I don’t cry tears of sadness anymore, but rather tears of emotion because charter schools have given my kids an opportunity,” she told attendees at the rally.
Unfortunately the Huntington Park City Council members voted 4 to 1 to extend the moratorium on new charter schools until September 2017. But parents have vowed to keep fighting, with help from CCSA Families and the California Charter Schools Association, which is exploring legal solutions.