Capitol Update 10/30/14

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October 30, 2014

More than fifty percent of California voters are registered to vote by mail, but only about five percent of those ballots have been cast so far. If you are one of the many vote by mail voters who has not yet mailed in your ballot, it is too late to mail them. You must drop them off at your designated polling place before 8 pm on November 4 to be counted. You can find more information on your designated polling place on the Secretary of State’s polling place website.

Get Out The Vote!

Your vote matters, so please don’t forget to vote on November 4. While it may be a midterm election, it is one of incredible importance for the direction of public education in California. A recent Field Poll found that the two Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates, incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, are in a statistical dead heat. Each candidate has 28% support with 44% of voters undecided. But while the Field Poll shows the candidates as tied, the differences between the candidates could not be more staggering on key issues that directly impact charter schools ability to thrive in California.

Tom Torlakson is the current Superintendent of Public Instruction, a former CA state legislator and track teacher who is seeking his second term in office.

Marshall Tuck is the challenger, a former charter school leader of Green Dot Public Schools who subsequently led the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a school turnaround effort spearheaded by former Mayor Antonio Villairagosa.

It’s Not too Early to Secure Your Spot at CCSA’s Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

CCSA will celebrate National Charter Schools Week by hosting our Annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday May 5, 2015. Registration is open! CCSA will schedule a meeting with your legislators based on your school’s physical address. School leaders, board members, teachers and parents are encouraged to participate. The event includes onsite training, lunch and an exciting program. This event is a benefit of CCSA membership and is complimentary to individuals from member schools. Register HERE today and watch last year’s video to learn more about the event and why your participation is critical. Questions? Email governmentaffairs@ccsa.org.