More than 100 parents attended a recent town hall organized by Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) and featuring LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia at East Los Angeles College.
Parents from Endeavor Charter School, KIPP, LA Leadership Academy, Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, and Extera Public Schools testified about their concerns regarding facilities issues (including colocation), the lack of high-quality high schools, the failure of magnet schools to prioritize local students, and their opposition to SB 808.
On the topic of colocations, Garcia pushed for schools to work toward common goals. She also challenged parents to fight for more funding from the state.
At the End of the Year Community Acknowledgement event held at Oakland Unity High School recently, parents and students received a big thank you for their work on the Measure G campaign. Revenue from the parcel tax measure is used to retain teachers, keep class sizes small, and offer after school academic programs. Oakland charter schools, however, do not receive any of the $20 million collected from the tax.
At the event, one mother said if politicians don’t look out for the students, parents need to step up and apply pressure to make change and bring about changes themselves.
Kevin Osorio, a student at Envision Academy, shared his story about how he was headed down the wrong path that would have likely put him in jail. Fortunately, he got the support he needed from his charter school and fellow youth organizers. Exposure to different people and seeing that they care and want to help others made him want to do the same. Now, he is involved with CCSA and helping to make change happen. As for his school work, Envision Academy is helping him get his credits done to get on track.
Representing 10 schools, within three school districts, the newly formed Sacramento Charter Families Federation strives to give a face to charter school students and families, with the goal of showcasing the exceptional efforts of charter schools statewide to legislators, city officials, school board members, and the communities they serve. As more schools and families learn about the Federation, there has been a growing interest.
During the first half of the year, parents met with Education Committee members in both the state Senate and Assembly. The focus was to demonstrate the negative impact that SB 808 would have on our schools and to promote the efforts of Assemblymember Blanca Rubio’s bill AB 950.
Members of the Federation also joined many families from all over California to testify before the Senate and Assembly. They attended town hall meetings and informal meetups with local legislators to build relationships that will benefit charter schools and students. Most recently, Lighthouse Charter School in West Sacramento gave Senator Richard Pan a tour of their school.
If you live in the Sacramento region and are interested in attending the next meeting, please contact CCSA Parent Organizers for the Capital Region, Tracy Ikemire at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adolfo Mercado at email@example.com.