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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CharterNation Podcast: Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Weighs in on School Reopenings & Search for Next LAUSD Superintendent

Earlier this week, the CharterNation Podcast officially launched! And our first guest was none other than Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Mayor of Los Angeles. Prior to becoming mayor, Villaraigosa served on the L.A. City Council from 2003 to 2005,...

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For This Mom and Charter School Administrator, Education is Personal

Laura Carbajal has worn many hats at Hawking STEAM Charter School, a public charter school with more than 1,000 transitional-kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

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COMING SOON: CCSA’s CharterNation Podcast Debuts Sept. 16

Recent history has made one thing clear: charter school communities up and down the state are leaving us feeling inspired and uplifted. And as families navigate yet another challenging school year, it’s also apparent that they, and educators, need a...

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Two San Diego Charter Schools Kick Off School Year In New Facilities

Students at two San Diego charter public schools walked into newly built classrooms this week, making back-to-school an extra special time for their students, families and staff. 

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CCSA Celebrates Women's Equality Day

Today marks the 101st anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. which guaranteed women’s right to vote. In honor of this historic day, the California Charter Schools Association is recognizing trailblazing elected women who...

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Survey confirms: support for charter schools is back to all-time high in California

CCSA’s latest annual survey has some great news for CharterNation: 52 percent of California voters support charter schools, matching our all-time high last registered in 2015.

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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 >>