Charter Community of Silicon Valley Leads Effort to Protect High-Quality Schools, Applauds Senator Beall for Pulling Potentially Harmful Legislation

April 25, 2018

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Charter Community of Silicon Valley Leads Effort to Protect High-Quality Schools, Applauds Senator Beall for Pulling Potentially Harmful Legislation

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Charter Community of Silicon Valley (CCSV) - which represents Santa Clara County's charter public schools and serves as the voice for over 30,000 charter school students in the region - applauded Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) for pulling Senate Bill (SB) 1362 today, effectively shelving the bill in this legislative cycle. If passed, SB 1362 would have severely limitied future high-quality charter public school options in California and potentially precipitated the closure of existing high-quality charter public schools.

"I'm grateful to Senator Beall for hearing the impassioned voices of the families and charter schools within his district, and for pulling his proposed legislation, SB 1362," said John Glover, Chair, CCSV and Founder & CEO, Alpha Public Schools. "If passed, this bill would have limited school choice for families and students whose options for high-quality schools are already extremely limited. This is a demonstration of the power our families, schools, and larger education reform community have when we are united and motivated to fight for what is best for the students who need us the most."

SB 1362 was pulled following a weeks-long grassroots effort that spanned from Silicon Valley to the State Capitol in Sacramento. Led by CCSV members, this group collectively engaged principals, teachers, parents and students to call, write letters and personally meet with Senator Beall to share their positive experiences with charter public schools and concerns about the bill itself. Additionally, CCSV wrote a letter outlining concerns around this legislation to the Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Silicon Valley is home to one of the most vibrant, effective charter public school systems in the country. The CCSV is a local, nine-person advocacy council that represents and advocates for charter public school students throughout the region. Members include:

John Glover
Chair, Charter Community of Silicon Valley
Founder & CEO, Alpha Public Schools

Frances Teso
Vice-Chair, Charter Community of Silicon Valley
Founder & CEO, Voices College-Bound Language Academies

Cheye Calvo
Chief Growth and Community Engagement Officer
Rocketship Public Schools

Paige Cisewski
Executive Director
Charter School of Morgan Hill

Leslie Eme
Manager of Community & Government Affairs
Summit Public Schools

Wanny Hersey
Superintendent
Bullis Charter School

Greg Lippman
Executive Director
ACE Charter Schools

Judy Tang Nguyen
Managing Director of Schools
KIPP Bay Area Schools

Kevin Sved
Chief Executive Officer
Navigator Schools