CCSA Statement on LAUSD's Approval of Public School Choice Changes

August 30, 2011

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
(213) 256-9489

Statement from Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), on LAUSD's Approval of Public School Choice Changes:

"While we clearly would have preferred a different result today, we understand the process to reform and improve public education in Los Angeles is challenging and will require resolve. We continue to support the Board in its efforts to move forward with district reform, however, there can be no doubt that the changes approved today impede high-performing charter schools from applying for new schools and create roadblocks to in-district and charter school collaboration.

We believe that when parents and the public learn of the incredible results that charters are already demonstrating (for example with the API results to be released on August 31), they will understand at an even deeper level how charter schools are an essential ingredient in reinventing public education in LAUSD and they will redouble their commitment to ensuring that LAUSD fundamentally reforms. Regardless of what happens in the short-term, we will continue our mission to close the achievement gap and provide high-quality educational options to families, and we look forward continue collaborating with the district on these goals."

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and more than 365,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit

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