Hundreds of Nonprofit Charter Public School Advocates Rally at the Capitol - Present Common Sense Solutions to Address Real Public Education Issues

May 1, 2017

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Caity Heim


(Sacramento, CA) - On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will host its 2017 Advocacy Day at the State Capitol to kick off National Charter Schools Week. The annual event brings together California's growing and diverse charter public school community to advocate for urgent legislative priorities focused on preserving and growing a thriving and accountable nonprofit charter school sector. Senator Ben Allen, Chair, Senate Education Committee (D-26) and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-48) will kick off the event this year.

During Advocacy Day, charter school teachers, leaders, parents and students will meet with legislators to present:

  • How overall, California's charter public schools are successfully moving toward full implementation of Common Core and continue to outperform traditional public schools at disproportionately high numbers (read more here).
  • Common sense solutions to preserving and growing a thriving and accountable nonprofit charter public schools sector by solving issues related to modernizing California's authorizing system, and expanding facilities options for charters.

To learn more about Advocacy Day, visit CCSA's Advocacy Day website. You can also learn more about CCSA's sponsored legislation here.

What: CCSA's Annual Advocacy Day Event

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: California State Capitol

Program Highlights:

9 - 10 a.m. Check-in

10 - 10:45 a.m. Speakers and Welcome Address

  • Carlos Marquez, SVP, Government Affairs, CCSA
  • CA Legislative Black Caucus Heart Vision Award Presentation - Legislator of the Year Award
  • Senator Ben Allen, Chair, Senate Education Committee (D-26)
  • Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-48)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Program

  • Jed Wallace, President and CEO, CCSA

1 - 4:30 p.m. Legislative Meetings

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association's vision is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter public schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. Our mission is to ensure a million students attend charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure. We do this by serving as the advocacy organization that builds the policy environment needed to grow as quickly as possible the number of students attending high quality charter public schools. For more information, please visit our website at