Charter School Supporters Rally En Masse Outside Senate Education Committee Hearing

October 23, 2017

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Richard Garcia

LOS ANGELES, California - (October 23, 2017) - Dozens of parents and charter school supporters will speak at a rally in front of the Ronald Reagan Building, located at 300 South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, on Monday, October 23 beginning at 10:00 a.m. as the California State Senate Education Committee holds hearings on key issues surrounding charter school authorization.

"Parents are gathering to share their positive stories on how charter schools are working in our communities by allowing kids to thrive academically and overcome hurdles they experienced prior to choosing a charter school that met their needs," said Sara Erickson, organizing director with the California Charter Schools Association.

Among the speakers are parents, teachers and students from across the state showing support for charter schools and to sharing their concerns with members of the Senate committee on many of the troubling aspects of surrounding authorization.

"My child's charter school has been fundamental in her development as a student. Her teachers and administrators have given tremendous support, creating a pathway to graduation," said Roxann Nazario. "Members of the committee need to know that charter schools have been a great addition to public education in our state and they are serving the needs of thousands of students and parents - charter schools are working for California families. Our kids need more opportunities to succeed, not more obstacles that hold them back."

The key focus of the rally is on a parent's ability to choose a public school best suited to meet their child's learning needs and how specific legislation, aimed at limiting or eliminating access to charter schools, negatively impacts parents, students and communities.