Oakland Town Hall Meeting Connects Charter Parents with Politicians

Charter school parents and students recently hosted a town hall meeting at Oakland Unity High School to discuss the policy issues that affect them and their schools. They met with elected officials including Oakland Unified board member Jumoke Hinton Hodge, who talked to parents about the importance of participating in advocacy on behalf of their kids.

A representative for Assemblyman Rob Bonta answered questions from the attendees about legislation that could impact charter schools, and parents scheduled a meeting with Bonta himself for next month. It was a great opportunity for charter parents to learn more about the inner workings of education policy and politics and to press their representatives to support charter families.

Granada Hills Charter Wins 6th California Academic Decathlon

It’s another year and another win for Granada Hills Charter High School, which recently secured its sixth victory in the California Academic Decathlon. After a tough, multi-day contest in Sacramento, the school scored 55,211 out of 60,000 possible points, surpassing every other school. Watch ABC News’ coverage of Granada Hills’ victory!

This year’s topic was World War II and any subject related to it, including economics, language, literature, math, music and social science, was fair game. The contest entails team members taking written tests, being interviewed and giving prepared and impromptu speeches. There are three divisions based on the ranking of a student’s grade point average and the highest-scoring in each were from the charter school.

A nearby L.A. charter school, El Camino Real Charter High, came in second place. Granada Hills will represent California and pursue the state’s fifteenth consecutive U.S. title at the nationals next month.

Meet the Charter Parent Volunteer of the Year!

Jorge Corona, a champion of the local charter school movement in Huntington Park outside Los Angeles, was honored this month with the 2017 Hart Vision Award for Volunteer of the Year. Corona, a parent at Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Charter Academy, was recognized by the California Charter Schools Association during its annual conference not only for his own advocacy, but also for inspiring other families to get involved in the fight for high quality charter public schools.

“Everything that we do is for them, for the children,” said Corona, during his acceptance speech. “The fight isn’t over. We continue to fight for more schools, for more families to have the opportunity to be in these great schools.”

Watch the video tribute to Jorge! And then watch Jorge’s acceptance speech!