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The voice of California’s charter public school movement

CCSA’s CharterNation is your go-to source for charter school news and stories from the Golden State. Whether you’re listening to our podcast or reading stories from our blog, we strive to bring you real stories from charter school thought leaders, students, families, and educators on the frontlines.

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10 Exceptional Charter Schools Share Key Practices for Producing College and Career Bound Students

The 2024 Portrait of the Movement: How California’s Charter Public Schools Are Preparing Students for College and Career focuses on ten exceptional charter public schools – and five innovative practices – which are helping to send significantly more...

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California's Best Charter Public High Schools in 2024

Many California charter public high schools earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Niche in 2024. In addition, the California Department of Education honored a whole host of charter public high schools with the prestigious California...

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California's Best Charter Public Middle Schools in 2024

California's charter public middle schools earned top rankings in 2024 from U.S. News & World Report and Niche. In addition, the California Department of Education honored many charter public middle schools with the prestigious California...

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California's Best Charter Public Elementary Schools in 2024

Many charter public elementary schools in California are ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report and Niche in 2024. Charter public elementary schools also consistently earn the prestigious California Distinguished Schools Award bestowed by...

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4 Ways to Get Your Charter School Noticed

To capture the attention of prospective families, media outlets, and local elected officials, charter public schools must get out there and a market themselves.

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How to Create An Affirming School Culture for Black Students

As Black History Month comes to a close, we feature a Q&A with a dynamic Black charter school leader in Los Angeles who explains the importance of creating and nurturing an affirming school culture where Black students can thrive. 

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research
atintocalis@ccsa.org

Ana is Director of Media Relations and Research and a member of CCSA’s External Affairs Team. In this role, she supports the organization’s mission through creative and effective communications platforms that increase public awareness and support for high-quality public charter schools. Additionally, she will help amplify positive local charter school stories happening to win hearts and minds in target media markets across the state. Read More >>

Myrna Castrejón

Myrna Castrejón - President and Chief Executive Officer
mcastrejon@ccsa.org

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support. Read More >>