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Top 10 Moments in 2022 As Charters Celebrated 30 Years

Thirty years ago California policymakers and educators came together to pass the state's Charter Schools Act -- a groundbreaking piece of legislation that allowed the state to reimagine education and establish charter public schools. Today, there...

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Aspire Pacific Academy Alum Helps Next Gen Latino Students Become College-Ready

The CharterNation Blog brings you a new ongoing series called Paying It Forward which  profiles charter public school graduates who are giving back to their charter public school community. This week, we feature Wendy Sanchez from the Class of 2013...

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Charter School Graduate Inspires Oakland Youth to Fight for Educational Equity

The CharterNation Blog brings you a new ongoing series called Paying It Forward which  profiles charter public school graduates and allies who are giving back to their charter public school community. This week, we feature Javier Barraza, a youth...

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Best Charter Elementary Public Schools

Charter Schools in the Top 10 of All California Elementary Schools

According to U.S. News and World Report, which analyzed over 100,000 pre-K, elementary, and middle schools in 2021, a significant number of California's best elementary public...

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New Poll Finds Parents Want More Choices and Support Charter Schools

Support for charter public schools in the Golden State is at an all-time high, just as parents express wanting “major changes” in the California public education system, according to a new statewide poll by CCSA. 

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Alumni Series: Sac High Alum Overcomes Adversity to Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

CCSA continues its Face of Charter School Success alumni series as part of its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration of charters in California. This week, we introduce you Luis Ortega – a Latino scientist from the Class of 2014 at St. HOPE's ...

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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 >>