Thank You for Attending Advocacy Day!

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May 6, 2016 On Tuesday, May 3, more than 450 charter school students, parents, teachers, and school leaders flooded the State Capitol to discuss key issues and legislation impacting charter schools during CCSA's annual Advocacy Day. This year, we met with 119 legislative offices, just one office shy of the full 120 members in the legislature. 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 Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-42), Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-45), and President pro Tempore Kevin de León.

More than 120 students attended the Youth Symposium. Students toured the State Capitol, participated in a 'There Oughta Be a Law' activity, interacted with a panel of Capitol Fellows, and heard remarks from Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento City Unified School Board Member Jay Hansen.

We would like to congratulate the two winning groups of our Youth Symposium 'There Oughta Be a Law' activity: Team Gordon proposed a law to ensure charter school teachers get equal pay compared to traditional district school teachers; and Team LA Nine proposed a law to shift state funding away from building prisons and toward funding education.

Celebrated during National Charter Schools Week, Advocacy Day is a great opportunity to grow and demonstrate the strength of the movement by connecting the charter community to legislators in Sacramento.

Thank you again to everyone who participated!