21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference: "Achievement through Innovation" Kicks-Off March 4, 2014 in San Jose (Pre-Conference Programs Begins March 3)

February 27, 2014

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Contact: Dannie Tillman
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(San Jose, California) - Nearly 3,000 charter school leaders and supporters will gather to celebrate people, innovation and academic achievement in California's charter schools. The California charter school movement is the largest in the nation by far and is growing every year, with 1,130 schools currently serving 519,000 students statewide. Hosted by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), the three-day annual conference draws the charter movement's best and brightest leaders, teachers, parents, and supporters.

What: 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

When: March 3-6, 2014

Where: San Jose Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

Why: The California Charter Schools Conference has been held annually for 21 years, offering resources, guidance and advocacy support to a charter movement that has grown to 1,130 schools serving 519,000 students. This year seven Hart Vision Awards will be presented to volunteers, schools, teachers, elected officials, and community leaders. Five students graduating from CCSA member charter schools from across the state will also be recognized and each will receive a $1,500 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship Award.

Some participants will kick-off the conference activities on Monday, March 3 with a bevy of pre-conference programs. Learn more about the event.

Featured speakers include:

  • Jed Wallace, president and CEO, California Charter Schools Association
  • Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Lisa Leslie, four time Olympic Gold Medalist, former WNBA player, co-owner of the LA Sparks, author, and charter school advocate

California Charter Schools and Conference by the Numbers:

  • 1,130 California charter public schools 

  • 519,000 charter school students in California 

  • 50,000 students on waitlists 

  • 3,000 conference attendees 

  • 160+ workshops 

  • 250+ exhibitors

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,130 charter public schools and more than 519,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) 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. The Mission of CCSA is to enable our members to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by securing policy wins supportive of charter schools and providing the supports necessary to open and expand quality charter schools. For more information, please visit www.ccsa.org.