CCSA Statement Congratulating Charter Schools Honored in the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

September 15, 2011

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For Immediate Release

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

The U.S. Department of Education named this year's National Blue Ribbon School Program winners today, including 21 public schools in California, two of those being charters.

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement:

"We would like to congratulate Sanger Academy Charter (Sanger Unified) and Gertz-Ressler High School (L.A. Unified) for this tremendous achievement, and honor the commitment to excellence from the students, teachers, parents, and leaders of these charter schools that truly embody what the charter movement is all about."

"The Blue Ribbon Program highlights top achieving schools across the nation which have excelled academically, and shown improvements in closing the achievement gap, particularly with disadvantaged students. In these challenging economic times, where charter schools--like all public schools--have to do more with less, Sanger Academy and Gertz-Ressler High are true examples to follow, and this national recognition is well deserved."

"Charter schools in California are committed to these goals, and to offer students and parents quality choices in public education to ensure that every student is receiving the education they need and deserve."

The National Blue Ribbon schools will be honored in Washington, D.C. on November 14-15, 2011.

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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