20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Presents Hart Vision Award for Charter School Leader of the Year Jackie Elliot

March 13, 2013

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Contact: Vicki Grenz
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SAN DIEGO, California (Mar 13, 2013)--Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) presented the annual Hart Vision Award to the outstanding Charter Leader of the Year, Jacqueline Elliot, Ed.D., of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) schools in Los Angeles.

As co-founder and CEO of PUC schools, Elliot opened Community Charter Middle School in 1999 and now operates 12 schools.

"Jackie has not only led a growing number of schools to success, she has been a clear leader in the Los Angeles Region and the state," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). "As a member council representative, she has partnered with CCSA to represent the needs of charter schools throughout the Los Angeles area. With one out of every five charter schools in California being in Los Angeles, we count on Jackie's leadership immensely."

Quick to volunteer her help in organizing the charter community, Elliot is also a founding member of the very first special education joint powers authority (JPA). This past year, Elliot stepped up her leadership, joining the CCSA Advocates Board that connects Californians who support charter public schools and share a commitment to changing the education policy landscape. "Jackie has a key role as a strategy committee member, making critical decisions on which candidates CCSA Advocates would support in the recent elections," said Gary Borden, Executive Director of CCSA Advocates.

Elliot currently serves as a representative to the California Charter Schools Association Membership Council and also serves on the Association's 501C4 board. In addition, she serves on the board of the Multicultural Learning Center, a charter school in Canoga Park, California. Elliot is also an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Loyola Marymount University.

Past Hart Vision Charter Leader of the Year recipients include Dr. David Patterson of Rocklin Academy in Rocklin (2012) Cameron Curry from The Classical Academies in Escondido (2011); Dianne Tavenner from Summit Preparatory Academy in Redwood City (2010); and Sharon Weir from New West Charter School in Los Angeles (2009).

The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

The California Charters Schools Association has hosted the Charter Schools Conference for 20 years, offering resources, guidance, and advocacy support to a charter school movement that has grown to more than 1,000 schools serving 484,000 students.

The award was presented at the California Charter Schools Association's 20th anniversary conference held March 12-14, 2013 in San Diego. For a detailed schedule of other sessions or events, please visit http://www.charterconference.org/2013/program/.

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,063 charter public schools and more than 484,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to empower parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education so that highly autonomous and accountable schools of choice provide quality learning opportunities for all California students. For more information, please visit www.ccsa.org.