CCSA Issues Statement on Assembly Passing AB 948

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August 22, 2014 Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today:

Today is a proud day for the California charter school movement and a victory for students, particularly low-income students. Safe, reliable school facilities are an integral part of a high quality education. So we are thrilled that AB 948, which will ensure that more charter schools serving low-income students have access to funding for facilities, was approved unanimously on the Assembly Floor, 70-0.

The passage of this bill is the latest reminder of the power of charter school parents, teachers, school leaders and supporters, who sent hundreds of letters, emails and faxes to the legislature urging support for AB 948.

Once AB 948 is signed by Governor Brown, more charter schools will be able to apply for the SB 740 program - which provides facility rent and lease cost reimbursement to schools serving some of the neediest student populations.

We applaud Assembly Member Olsen and other legislators for their leadership on this issue. On behalf of the more than 500,000 California charter school students and their families, as well as the thousands of charter school educators and school leaders across the state, we are very pleased that more charter schools will now have access to high quality learning environments.