Mónica García Presented with Hart Vision Award for Elected Official of the Year at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference

March 4, 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 Elected Official of the Year to Mónica García, Board of Education Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The award was presented today at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference held March 3-6 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

Mónica García represents Board District 2 in LAUSD, the second-largest school district in the nation. She has held this office since June 2006.

As the only third Latina to serve on the Board in its 155-year history, García served as board president for an unprecedented six years. Her bold leadership has driven the growth of school reform models that offer students smaller and more personalized settings. Pushing hard against an institution that has historically accepted the status quo, García has supported the expansion of quality charter schools across the district adding to parent and student school choice.

Her efforts to always prioritize the needs of the most disadvantaged communities and students, have galvanized the community toward action and a vision of "diplomas for all." She has worked tirelessly to ensure programs that increase college access for all are celebrated and replicated.

Past winners of the Hart Vision Elected Official of the Year Award include: Congressman George Miller (2013); Senator Bob Huff (2012); and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (2011).

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.