CCSA Statement on AB 1172 Passing the Assembly Floor

January 30, 2012

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For Immediate Release

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

The following statement was issued today by Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), regarding the passage of AB 1172 (D-Mendoza) from the State Assembly floor. The bill would make it harder for charter schools to be approved by school districts:

"We are very disappointed in today's vote, as it is out of touch with the increase in demand by parents and communities across the state to open charter schools for better choices in public education."

"CCSA adamantly opposes AB 1172, and would oppose any bill which allows a school district to deny a charter school based on any definition of 'negative fiscal impact' to the district. This bill is an attack on charter school students who choose to attend charter schools. California has been a leader in the charter movement, and has the highest number of charter schools and charter school students in the nation. Those numbers rise every year due to parent and student demand for better public education choices. We cannot condone any measure that would deny parents and students the right to choose the best public school."

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 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

Don Baker

Feb 10, 2012

I don't know who came up with this but it is an obvious attempt to eliminate Charters. Of course, any unified district can show that children in their area are CHOOSING to attend a charter school. I believe that was the idea to give parents an alternative to place their kid in unique and safe enviroment. I hope Gov. Brown and the legislature will vote against this bill. DB


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