CCSA Statement on New Broad Foundation Award for Charter Schools

November 1, 2011

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575

Today, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced the establishment of a new annual award--The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools--to honor Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) across the nation that demonstrate outstanding student performance and improvement, and reduce achievement gaps for poor and minority students.

Several California CMOs are eligible for the award, which will be presented at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis.

"We would like to thank the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation for their support of charter schools, and their vision, in which all students get the chance to attain a quality education, and best practices are openly shared to improve public education as a whole."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for charter schools across California, particularly as we continue to grow and strive to reinvent public education, and changing the lives of students and families that make the choice to attend a charter school."

"As we approach the 20th anniversary of the charter schools movement in California, CCSA continues to explore ways to assess the impact of charter schools, and ways to effectively build on those models that are proving successful in narrowing the achievement gap and increasing opportunities."

The following California Charter Management Organizations will be eligible for the award in 2012:

  • Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools
  • Aspire Public Schools
  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • ICEF Public Schools
  • KIPP Foundation
  • Partnership to Uplift Communities

For more information about The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, visit

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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