Oct. 12: Join us for a Community Action Meeting in San Jose

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September 24, 2012 This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Charter Schools Act and charter parents who are leaders with PACT (People Acting in Community Together) and CCSA, in collaboration with the SJ Consortium, are organizing a Community Action Meeting to build more support from community leaders, show the success of charters in increasing student achievement, and the need for more excellent schools for kids. The invite list also includes state and local elected officials and community leaders. The hope is that this event can show that there is a widespread belief that charters are an essential part of the education landscape and integral to meet the goal of SJ2020 (which is to close the achievement gap by 2020)!

This is the first event of its kind in Santa Clara County so this can be seen as a starting point and as a way to show that there is still a lot of work to do and that we're already hard at work. You'll also note that we're also inviting elected officials/community leaders to attend some school tours just prior to the event. This is the first time we're trying this, so hopefully more schools can give tours at future events!

I hope you and parents/leaders from your school community can make it to the Community Action Meeting so please do spread the word. The details and RSVP info is below and please let me know if you have any questions.

Best, Alicia Gallegos

Spotlight on Success School Tour and Community Action Meeting

Coming Together to Close the Achievement Gap
October 12, 2012

JOIN together with community leaders, parents, educators and elected officials to make sure ALL our children have equal access to excellent schools that will put them on a successful path to college.

VISIT some extraordinary charter schools in Santa Clara County that are making significant strides towards closing the achievement gap.

Save the Date and RSVP!

Friday, October 12, 2012

1 p.m. - School Tours: Downtown College Prep, Rocketship, ACE, KIPP, Summit Public Schools, Alpha

2 p.m. - Community Action Meeting: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Rd, San Jose, CA 95116

  • San José Mayor Chuck Reed (Invited)
  • Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Xavier De La Torre (Confirmed Speaker)

Why now? Why you?

About 40,000 students in San José are not proficient in their grade level skills. About 2,300 middle and high school students drop out each year.

PACT Parent and Community Leaders have stood up and spoken out. Local educators and elected officials have responded. San José is now home to some extraordinary charter schools that are making successful strides towards closing the achievement gap.

*But we still have a long way to go. Please join us! *

Please RSVP to Alicia Gallegos and let us know whether you'll join. Thank you!