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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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Giving Some #CharterSchooLove to KIPP Adelante

We’re celebrating National Charter Schools Week by highlighting some great charter public schools in California. The public charter school community in the Golden State has thrived for more than 25 years, giving families access to high-quality...

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Monica's Story: "Now I Have Straight A's."

Monica Moreno is 15 years old and the oldest of six children in her family.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Spotlight on Santa Rosa Academy

Santa Rosa Academy was founded in 2005 by a group of teachers in southwest Riverside who wanted to build a school community in which “developing the whole child” was at the heart of all the work. They wanted to ensure students received an excellent...

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#CharterSchoolExcellence Shines Through During Awards Season

The end of the school year brings with it awards season. Charter schools, while only making up around 10 percent of public schools in our state, are having an outsized impact in one award category after another!

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Amelie's Story: “MY Academy Made My Dreams Come True.”

For Amelie Caswell, the teasing and bullying first began in elementary school.

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Eight Best Practices of Nonclassroom-based Charter Schools

What are the best practices driving success in nonclassroom-based charter public schools?

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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 >>