February 2016 CEO Message

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March 1, 2016 Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware by now, an anti-charter ballot measure has been filed with the Secretary of State's office. The Elimination of Charter Schools Initiative offers CCSA and our members a unique opportunity for collective action and mobilization to demonstrate to elected officials, community leaders and the public the level of support for charter schools in our communities. It is an opportunity for our students, parents and teachers to tell their charter school story and to leverage a pivotal moment when anti-charter proponents threaten the very foundation of our movement.

We are encouraging all members to:

  1. Sign up to participate in CCSA's comprehensive civic engagement program, CharterNation, that includes voter registration, education, and mobilization. Email Emily Scheines to get involved.
  2. Use our social media toolkit and encourage your students, teachers and parents to create video stories and/or share their personal stories with their social media networks.
  3. Register for one of our member webinars in March. Learn more about what CCSA is doing, actions members can take and how you can get involved in the coordinated effort to communicate with elected officials regarding the issue.

For more information about the measure, and to access resources, please visit CCSA's website and our partner organization CCSA Advocate's website.

Academic accountability is a key ingredient in the success of, and demand for, our charter schools. Read the following message from Malka Borrego, Chair, CCSA Member Council and Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Equitas Academy Charter School, to charter school leaders, providing an update on CCSA's accountability work. All charter schools should have now received their confidential draft results on CCSA's Minimum Academic Accountability Framework. If you receive questions or feedback from schools, please refer them to accountability@ccsa.org.

Academic accountability is just one of the many topics included in our upcoming and exciting conference programming that we hope will inspire and engage charter leaders across our movement. We have a record number of attendees joining us March 14-17 in Long Beach for the 23rd Annual California Charter Schools Conference. This is one of my favorite times of year and I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at conference.

Working together, I am fully confident that we will continue building our advocacy strength, further ensuring that even more kids and families across our state may benefit from the improved educational opportunities that are being created by California's charter schools.

Sincerely,

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association