Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Presented with Hart Vision Award for Supporter of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

March 6, 2014

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Contact: Dannie Tillman
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(San Jose, California) - The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) presented the annual Hart Vision Award for Supporter of the Year to the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The award was presented today at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference held March 3-6 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Since 2005, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has invested in California's charter school movement to help create school cultures of continuous improvement, collaboration and innovation through the systematic use of data. Their investments have served as critical building blocks in developing performance management expertise within the charter movement and has resulted in improved student outcomes in the state's highest need communities.

According to the Foundation, education-related grants comprise two-thirds of their giving. The Foundation is committed to improving student performance and increasing access to urban education so that children and adolescents around the globe have improved opportunities for life-long success.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is committed to closing the persistent achievement gap among students from different economic circumstances, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. To close this gap, improve student performance and increase graduation rates among affected students, the Foundation funds programs that focus on:

  • Performance-driven education
  • College preparation and completion, including the Dell Scholars Program
  • Human capital (educator and school leader training)
  • Quality school options
  • Academic and after-school programs

Past winners of the Hart Vision Supporter of the Year Award include: Barbara Grimm-Marshall from Grimmway Academy (2013); John Scully from Making Waves Program (2012); Mayor Richard Riordan, former California Secretary of Education (2011); Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2010); and Rose Gilbert from Palisades 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 annually recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

The California Charter Schools Conference has been held annually for 21 years, offering resources, guidance, and advocacy support to a charter school movement that has grown to 1,130 schools serving 519,000 students. Nearly 3,000 attendees are participating in this year's conference. Learn more about the event.

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.