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No Longer Destined for Farm Work: How CTEC is Changing the Lives of Latino Students

Seventeen-year-old Angelica Sandez loves everything about NASA – and it shows! She’s often wearing NASA T-shirts at school. Her smartphone’s home screen displays the NASA logo. Angelica also frequently shares her dream of becoming a NASA engineer.

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CharterNation Podcast: Charter School Leader Celebrates Value of Indigenous Education Model

As the end of Latino Heritage Month nears, we caught up with Marcos Aguilar, the executive director of Anahuacalmecac International University Prep. It’s the latest interview in our Change Makers series during the CharterNation Podcast.

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Brief: Two Charter Public Schools Stand Out in Achieving Latino Academic Excellence

Public schools aiming to improve academic outcomes for Latino students can find inspiration from a pair of charter public schools doing just that!

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Latina Charter Public School Principal Encourages Students to Embrace Their Cultural Roots

Norma Sandoval believes being a Latino educator is a strength. “I was taught my history and am aware of my roots,” says Norma, the principal of McGill School of Success in San Diego. “What you do and say is a reflection of your ancestors … if you do...

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CharterNation Podcast: Former Clinton Aide Reflects on Beginnings of Charter Schools and the Need for Whole Child Equity

The pandemic continues to reveal that chronic stress negatively impacts students’ academic progress as well as their social and emotional well-being.

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Charter Schools Help Make Up Top 10 Public Schools at all K-12 Levels

At all levels of K-12 public education in California, charter public schools help make up the top 10 schools, according to Niche, a review and search platform for education.

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research

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

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 >>