500 Charter Advocates Flood Capitol During Advocacy Day

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May 11, 2015 Thank you all for helping to make this year¹s Advocacy Day the most successful yet!

On May 5, more than 500 charter public school students, parents, teachers, and school leaders flooded the California's State Capitol to discuss key issues and legislation impacting charter schools during CCSA's annual Advocacy Day event. This year, the charter school community met with 110 legislative offices, just ten offices shy of the full 120 members of the legislature. This is the largest Advocacy Day to date, nearly doubling the number of participants compared to last year. Together, we showed our strength in numbers and our voice was heard.

Before attending meetings in the Capitol, participants trained with CCSA staff, reviewed current legislation and learned how to connect their personal stories to priority charter school issues. Additionally, participants heard from inspiring speakers, including Assemblymember Brian Jones (R-71).

Also during Advocacy Day, more than 100 students attended our first-ever Youth Symposium where they toured the State Capitol, heard remarks from Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-54), the youngest member of the legislature, and interacted with a panel of Capitol Fellows. In addition, students learned about the state budget by taking the interactive California Budget Challenge.

Celebrated during National Charter Schools Week, Advocacy Day was a great opportunity to grow and demonstrate the strength of the movement by connecting the charter school community to legislators in Sacramento. Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Remember to keep your legislators informed and engaged by asking them to take action on critical legislation. And, don't forget to invite legislators to your school for commencement celebrations.