More than 1,200 African American Charter Advocates Rally at the Capitol for More Funding, More Choice

February 3, 2017

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On February 1, in honor of the first day of Black History Month, Fortune School and CCSA were proud to host an African American Achievement Summit at the State Capitol to discuss one of the most important issues affecting Black students across California: constructive actions that will help close the academic achievement gap.

At the event, more than 1,200 students, parents, teachers and charter school advocates called for increased access to education models that have effectively improved the educational trajectory of African American students: Charter public schools. Research shows African American students attending California's charter schools are doing better academically than their peers at traditional public schools. (See African American charter student outcomes fact sheet here).

Those at the rally included Margaret Fortune, President and CEO of Fortune School, as well as Assembly Members Cooper, Ridley-Thomas and Weber, who addressed the crowd. They called on the legislature to consider that African American kids in California need more funding and more choice.

Following the rally was a legislative briefing that explored charter school authorizing in California, county authorizing strategies to bring high quality programs to African American students in the state, and how the African American Achievement Gap can be addressed through the Local Control Funding Formula. These strategies where highlighted in an effort to provide real, constructive actions that California can take on to ensure more African American kids are attending these charter public schools that work.

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