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!